Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Friday, November 4th
Game 2: Saturday, December 3rd
Game 3: Sunday, January 8th
Game 4: Saturday, March 4th

Nets 105


Raptors 104

(11-23, 4-13 home)

1:00 PM ET, January 8, 2006

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

1 2 3 4 T
NJ 29 19 28 29105
TOR 23 28 22 31104

Top Performers

NJ: V. Carter 42 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

Tor: M. James 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

Carter leads Nets to 10th straight victory

TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter stuck it to his former fans -- then called it his greatest shot ever.

Carter made a fadeaway 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left and finished with 42 points against his old team Sunday, leading New Jersey past the Toronto Raptors 105-104 for the Nets' 10th straight victory.

Carter scored 24 points in the fourth quarter and was booed every time he touched the ball, but he silenced the crowd with his spectacular winning shot. After Toronto's Jose Calderon missed his second free throw, Carter hit a 3-pointer from about 4 feet beyond the arc. Jason Kidd leapt into his arms after the shot.

"That's definitely number one," Carter said. "The atmosphere, the emotion, the hostility in the arena, it was a fun game."

New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank told Carter to go for two points and the tie, but Carter wanted no part of that.

"I said, 'Coach, I'm going for the win," Carter said. "And it went in."

Toronto led by eight with 2 minutes left and six with a minute to go, but Carter rallied his team with one clutch shot after another

He scored New Jersey's last 12 points. The six-time All-Star spent six-plus seasons in Toronto.

"To stick a dagger in their heart right when they thought they were going to win it, it don't get no better than that. That's sweet revenge," New Jersey's Lamond Murray said.

Kidd added 22 points and 15 assists for the Nets, who are on their longest winning streak since a franchise-record 14-game run from Jan. 25 to Feb. 24, 2004. Carter has powered the streak, topping 30 points seven times during the span after doing so only twice in his first 20 games.

"He's been off the charts," Kidd said. "And there is no better place for him to make a big shot."

Chris Bosh had 27 points for the Raptors, who won their previous five games. New Jersey's Richard Jefferson played only 2 minutes because of back spasms.

Toronto's Morris Peterson was ejected for slapping Carter in the face. Peterson got a technical for arguing a no-call late in the first half. About a minute later, Carter playfully slapped his ex-teammate in the face. Peterson, clearly annoyed, then slapped Carter.

Official Steve Javie didn't see Carter's slap, but he saw Peterson's and gave him his second technical. An irate Peterson tossed his jersey into the stands before leaving.

Peterson would have guarded Carter had he not been tossed.

"It's just unfortunate. I couldn't be out there in the fourth quarter, it probably would have made a difference," Peterson said.

Carter said he would pay Peterson's fine for receiving the technical.

"I felt bad," Carter said. "It was far from what they assumed it to be."

The Raptors received five technicals, but the Nets missed four of the free throws.

Carter also scored nine straight points during another stretch of the fourth. He shot 18-for-35 and had 10 rebounds.

"He just made a great shot," Toronto's Mike James said. "We were in his face and he was almost off-balance. It rattled in. It could have gone either way."

Game notes

Carter had 39 points in a victory at Toronto on April 15. ... The Raptors had won three straight at home after a 1-12 start. ... None of the players Toronto acquired from New Jersey in the Carter trade played for the Raptors.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 105 104
FGM-FGA 42-91 (.462) 35-78 (.449)
3PM-3PA 9-19 (.474) 7-20 (.350)
FTM-FTA 12-21 (.571) 27-32 (.844)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 10-43
Assists 30 18
Turnovers 6 11
Steals 8 3
Blocks 1 5
Fast Break Points 11 13
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 17 (5/0)
Largest Lead 7 9

Top Performers

New Jersey
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 42
Reb: 10
Ast: 3
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Mike James James
Points: 26
Reb: 7
Ast: 7
Stl: 2
Blk: 0