Carter scores 32 as Nets upend Raptors


Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vince Carter scored 32 points and Richard Jefferson added 21 to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 101-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night in a matchup of the top teams in the weak Atlantic Division.

Jason Kidd added 10 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds just hours after filing for divorce from his wife of 10 years, accusing her of "extreme cruelty" throughout their marriage.

Carter was forced to leave the game late after being poked in the eye by Anthony Parker.

Mikki Moore added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who shot 50 percent from the field and limited the Raptors to 38 second-half points.

Top draft pick Andrea Bargnani scored 22 points to lead the Raptors, but only six came in the second half. Toronto got most of its scoring from the bench, with Jose Calderon adding 16 and Morris Peterson 15.

The Raptors' starting five combined for 29 points, with T.J. Ford and Rasho Nesterovic being held scoreless. Calderon added 12 assists, one shy of his career best.

GRIZZLIES 128, LAKERS 118

Pau Gasol had 25 points and 13 rebounds, former Gator Mike Miller scored 14 of his 25 in a record-setting third quarter, and host Memphis beat the Lakers.

Memphis, which had seven players in double figures, built the lead in the third period, outscoring the Lakers 46-22, including 13 unanswered points over a three-minute span. The 46 points was a Grizzlies franchise record for points in a quarter.

Memphis led by as many as 24 in the fourth as starters Kobe Bryant, who led the Lakers with 25 points, Brian Cook and Smush Parker sat on the Los Angeles bench for the final period.

Maurice Evans scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth as the reserves made a dent in the lead, but they never could get it under double digits.

Damon Stoudamire had 16 points and six assists for Memphis, while Chucky Atkins finished with 12.

PISTONS 98, 76ERS 89

Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 33 points and Richard Hamilton had 22 to lead visiting Detroit.

Flip Murray had a career-high 12 assists for the Pistons. Rasheed Wallace did not start the game because of a coach's decision, played only 29 minutes and scored eight points.

Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 17 rebounds, Andre Iguodala scored 15 points and Andre Miller had 10 assists for the Sixers, who lost their third straight game.

PACERS 91, HAWKS 72

Al Harrington scored 18 points and sparked a second-half run as host Indiana beat Atlanta.

Harrington, who spent two seasons with Atlanta before returning to the Pacers, scored 14 points in the second half after shooting 1-for-8 from the field in the first half.

Danny Granger had 15 points, Stephen Jackson scored 12 and Jermaine O'Neal added 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the Pacers (19-16), who held Atlanta to 32 percent shooting.

Speedy Claxton scored 12 points and Joe Johnson, who was averaging 25.7 entering the game, added 10 for Atlanta (10-22).

SPURS 98, BLAZERS 84

Tim Duncan led a balanced attack with 16 points, and host San Antonio beat Portland.

Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker had 14 points apiece, Brent Barry added 13 and Bruce Bowen scored 12 points — all on 3-pointers — for the Spurs.

Zach Randolph led the Blazers with 25 points, followed by LaMarcus Aldridge with 17, Jarrett Jack with 13 and Brandon Roy with 10.

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