Carter scored 23 points, including six straight late in the
fourth quarter, as Toronto ended New Jersey's six-game winning
streak with an 89-77 victory Friday night.
"I looked at it as a chance for us to play one of the better teams in the league," Carter said. "It was a big win."
Jason Kidd had 19 points and eight assists for the Nets, who were trying for their longest winning streak in 18 years. New Jersey leads the Eastern Conference with a 26-12 record, but they were held to a season-low in points.
"We had a bad game," Kidd said. "We didn't act like we had won six in a row. It looked like we had lost six in a row."
The Raptors led by as many as 12 in the third quarter, but Kidd, who scored 10 points in the fourth, converted a three-point play to narrow the deficit to three with 8:36 remaining.
Curry's 3-pointer gave Toronto a seven-point lead with 6:32
left, but Kidd followed with a 3-pointer.
Carter then passed to Jerome Williams, who converted a
three-point play with 1:42 left.
"That's why they pay Vince $94 million," Clark said. "You're supposed to hit six straight at the end of the game."
Kidd missed a jumper with a minute left for the Nets, who shot 40 percent from the field.
Jerome Williams added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Alvin
Williams had 10 points and seven assists for the Raptors.
"They are a good team. They were one shot away from going to the Eastern Conference finals," Kidd said. "We're trying to get to an elite class, and it's not going to be easy."
The Nets led by as many as eight points in the first quarter,
but Carter scored six straight to narrow the lead to two.
Toronto outscored New Jersey 23-12 in the second quarter. Carter
drove past Kidd for a dunk, giving Toronto a seven-point lead at
New Jersey's Keith Van Horn had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
... Alvin Williams recorded his 1000th career assist. ... Actor
Michael Douglas and singer Nelly Furtado sat courtside. ... Carter
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