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Murray shines as teams await trade finalization

TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter was the main topic of conversation,
and the five-time All-Star wasn't even in the building when his new
team played his old team.

Lamond Murray scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter
and Toronto Raptors beat the New Jersey Nets 110-99 on Sunday,
their first victory of the post-Carter era.

Carter wasn't at the Air Canada Centre because Toronto's trade
with New Jersey isn't expected to be finalized until noon Monday.
The Raptors traded their biggest star on Friday to the Nets for
Eric Williams, Aaron Williams, Alonzo Mourning and two first-round
draft picks.

The Williamses didn't play either, but sat in the stands behind
the Raptors bench. Mourning may never play for Toronto.

"When people think of the Toronto Raptors they think of Vince
Carter, and now it's going to be up to other guys to step up and
show what they can do," said Morris Peterson, who had 20 points.

Richard Jefferson had a season-high 38 points for the Nets, who
don't know when Carter will be able to play. Carter underwent his
physical on Saturday, and a Nets spokesman said they're still
analyzing it.

Carter is on the injured list with a strained left Achilles'
tendon.

"We can't wait for anybody on the outside to help us. We've got
to help us. There's no one person that's ever the remedy," New
Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said.

Murray, who could play more now that Carter is gone, recorded
his highest scoring game with Toronto. He scored 12 points as the
Raptors began the fourth quarter on a 17-4 run.

His 3-pointer gave Toronto a 96-80 lead with 6:53 left. New
Jersey never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.

"Now everybody gets an opportunity. It's not really one guy
now," Murray said. "MoPete has now stepped into the starting spot
at the two. His role is definitely going to increase." .

Peterson made four of Toronto's 14 3-pointers. Toronto lost
Friday's game to Indiana -- their first game without Carter.

Toronto coach Sam Mitchell hasn't announced who will start when
the trade is completed, but if Murray is right when he says
Peterson is now the starting two guard, Jalen Rose could lose his
starting spot if Mitchell decides to start Eric Williams at small
forward.

Game notes
Carter attended a Nets meeting Sunday, but Frank doesn't
know when he'll play. "There is obviously a great deal of
tenderness there. We've seen it during the examination. We're going
to be prudent," Frank said. ... A report in Tacoma, Wash., paper
suggested Carter might have sabotaged the Raptors in a game against
the SuperSonics last month by intentionally tipping off a play
during the final minute of a loss. "I would hope he didn't do
anything like that," Peterson said. "You could ask anybody in
this locker room. It's a rule of thumb, you never give away your
plays, if you are going to be here or not. I hope that wasn't the
case." Toronto coach Sam Mitchell didn't totally dismiss the
report. "I'm not questioning that it's untrue. It's just not worth
my time to go back and rehash that. It does me no good," Mitchell
said.