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Air Canada soars for 43 points

11/26/2003

ATLANTA -- Vince Carter hit a jumper with 1.2 seconds left,
part of a season-high 43 points, and the Toronto Raptors rallied to
beat the Atlanta Hawks 99-97 in overtime Wednesday night.
Carter took an inbound pass from Alvin Williams, then shot from
about 17 feet over Dion Glover and Theo Ratliff. The ball swished
through, giving Toronto its second road victory of the season.
Glover ended up going through the legs of Toronto's Antonio
Davis while trying to stop Carter.
Carter forced overtime with a three-point play with 13.2 seconds
left in regulation. He hit a twirling, over-the-shoulder layup over
Glover and was fouled. His free throw tied it for the first time
after the Hawks led throughout.
On the other end, Carter blocked a layup by Jason Terry, then
recovered the ball and called timeout. Morris Peterson missed an
off-balance shot from the corner at the buzzer.
Chris Bosh added 17 points for the Raptors.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored a season-high 30 for the Hawks, who
lost for the third time in the past four games.
Carter's previous best was 39 in the season opener against New
Jersey. With the Raptors trailing 94-93 in overtime, Carter hit a
jumper for the lead, then lofted a high-arching shot over Ratliff
on the next trip to make it 97-94.
Jacque Vaughn brought the Hawks within one with a jumper, and
Glover had a chance to put them ahead when he was fouled by Davis.
But Glover missed the first of two free throws before making the
second, setting up Carter's final shot.
Atlanta was without starter Stephen Jackson, who sprained an
ankle in warmups. Rookie Boris Diaw got his first start in
Jackson's place and played a season-high 34 minutes.
The Hawks opened a 16-point lead late in the second quarter, but
Toronto cut it to nine at the break. The margin was 12 early in the
third before seven straight points by Carter made it 52-47.<
Game notes
Carter scored at least 40 points for the 12th time in his
career. ... Jackson sat on the end of the bench in uniform for most
of the game, but left before overtime. ... After scoring 90 points
in a season-opening victory over New Jersey, the Raptors haven't
had more than 89 in regulation. They beat Houston 101-97 in double
overtime earlier this month. ... Carter has led Toronto in scoring
in 13 of 14 games.