Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Sunday, November 9th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 30th

Raptors 81

(16-14, 7-10 away)

Nuggets 74


    Coverage: FSRM

    7:00 PM ET, December 30, 2003

    Pepsi Center, Denver, CO

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 15 24 28 1481
    DEN 19 21 23 1174

    Top Performers

    Tor: A. Williams 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast

    Den: A. Miller 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Rose: Raptors 'winning ugly'

    DENVER (AP) -- Jalen Rose thinks the Toronto Raptors' are learning how to win -- even when it's not pretty.

    "I'll describe the whole game as 'burn that film,"' Rose said. "Winning ugly is a part of winning. We'll take it."

    Alvin Williams and Rose each had 17 points, and Williams hit four free throws in the last two minutes as the Toronto Raptors snapped the Denver Nuggets' three-game winning streak with an 81-74 victory Tuesday night.

    Vince Carter added 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting. Toronto has now won two of its last 20 road games against Western Conference opponents .

    "We needed a win tonight," Carter said. "Regardless of how bad we played, we have to finish the game."

    The Raptors swept the season series for the third time in franchise history.

    "Let's be honest, they missed a lot of open shots," Toronto coach Kevin O'Neill said. "I thought we played hard defensively, and we did a good job, except with the turnovers, of not giving up transition baskets."

    Denver coach Jeff Bzdelik didn't know what to make of his team's performance.

    "Who do we think we are?" Bzdelik said. "We had a lot of defensive breakdowns and on pick-and-rolls had two guys go with the ball."

    Carmelo Anthony had 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting and seven rebounds, but was only 1-for-7 in the second half. Anthony left the locker room without talking to reporters.

    Voshon Lenard added 17 points for the Nuggets, who lost for only the fourth time at home.

    "You are going to have letdowns and some nights like this," said Lenard, who shot 6-for-16. "You have to be able to bounce back from them."

    Rose hit a 3-pointer to put Toronto ahead 76-69 with 2:21 left and two free throws by Williams pushed the lead to 78-69 with 1:44 remaining. The Nuggets were within 78-74 with 51 seconds left after Lenard and Miller each hit a 3-pointer, but Williams sealed the win with two free throws with 15 seconds left.

    Toronto led by two entering the fourth but didn't score until Lonny Baxter made a layup nearly five minutes into the quarter. The Nuggets couldn't capitalize though, managing just two free throws by Andre Miller during the Raptors' drought.

    Game Notes: The Raptors activated center Mengke Bateer and placed forward Lamond Murray on injured reserve with a sore lower back. ... Carter and Rose were booed during introductions. ... Rose has played in 267 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak among active players. ... Lenard played 63 games for the Raptors last year. ... A win would have matched the Nuggets' best start since 1989-90 when they started 20-11.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 74
    FGM-FGA 32-71 (.451) 29-76 (.382)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 4-14 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 12-14 (.857) 12-16 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-45 9-36
    Assists 25 23
    Turnovers 23 17
    Steals 10 12
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 21 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Alvin Williams Williams
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Andre Miller Miller
    Points: 13
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0