Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Monday, December 6th
Game 2: Sunday, December 19th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 22nd
Game 4: Friday, April 15th

Nets 101


Raptors 90

(32-47, 22-17 home)

7:00 PM ET, April 15, 2005

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

1 2 3 4 T
NJ 19 22 32 28101
TOR 29 26 19 1690

Top Performers

NJ: V. Carter 39 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

Tor: M. Peterson 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

Vinsanity brings the pain to former team

TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter thrived in front of his former fans.

Carter ignored the boos and scored 39 points in his first game in Toronto since being traded, and the New Jersey Nets kept their playoff hopes alive by coming back from a 14-point halftime deficit for a 101-90 victory over the Raptors on Friday night.

Fans booed Carter from the moment stepped on the court, heckled him during the U.S. national anthem and jeered every time he touched the ball.

"When they go home tonight they have something to think about," Carter said.

Additional security guards were posted by the Nets bench to protect Carter, who was once beloved but now reviled because he demanded a trade and acknowledged he didn't push himself as hard as he should have in Toronto.

The jeering was far more sustained and louder than ex-Raptors Tracy McGrady and Damon Stoudamire received when they returned.

"I just kind of blocked it out," said Carter who demanded out less than halfway into a six-year, $94 million contract. "I'm happy with the way things turned out. Maybe they are not, but this was a fun game believe it or not."

Carter went 15-for-26 from the field. He also grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists, and his four free throws in the final 1:23 put the game away.

Jason Kidd added 15 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, who moved within one game of Cleveland for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East with three games left.

"Everything around Vince helped us focus and concentrate," Kidd said. "As much as he wanted to win, we wanted to win too."

Jalen Rose had 20 points for the lottery-bound Raptors.

Fans also brought signs mocking Carter, and they chanted his name derisively. One even brought crutches, wore a Carter jersey and had his head heavily bandaged. Others wore baby bibs with the No. 15 written on the front.

"I thought they were trying to give him a compliment since his wife is due to have a baby," Kidd joked.

New Jersey trailed by 14 at the half, but Carter scored 14 as New Jersey went on a 17-4 run to give the Nets a four-point lead midway through the third quarter.

Carter had 24 points in the second half, including 17 in the third quarter.

"You give that guy any kind of daylight, and he gets hot, there's nothing you can do about it," Toronto forward Chris Bosh said.

New Jersey outscored Toronto 60-35 in the second half.

Game notes

Toronto general manager Rob Babcock has been criticized for getting little in return for Carter. The Raptors acquired forwards Eric and Aaron Williams, who both didn't play against New Jersey. They also got Alonzo Mourning, who was bought out, and two draft picks. ... New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said if Carter had played in Vancouver they'd still have a team.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 101 90
FGM-FGA 35-76 (.461) 31-65 (.477)
3PM-3PA 8-23 (.348) 7-20 (.350)
FTM-FTA 23-28 (.821) 21-31 (.677)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-45 3-32
Assists 20 17
Turnovers 14 15
Steals 8 8
Blocks 1 4
Fast Break Points 9 5
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 22 (0/0)
Largest Lead 11 16

Top Performers

New Jersey
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 39
Reb: 9
Ast: 4
Stl: 3
Blk: 0
Morris Peterson Peterson
Points: 15
Reb: 8
Ast: 5
Stl: 2
Blk: 0