Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Sunday, November 25th
Game 2: Monday, February 4th
Game 3: Sunday, March 3rd
Game 4: Sunday, March 31st

Raptors 100

(28-20, 13-12 away)

76ers 93

(24-23, 12-9 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, February 4, 2002

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 33 19 32 16100
    PHI 33 15 23 2293

    Top Performers

    Tor: V. Carter 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl

    Phi: A. Iverson 36 Pts, 3 Reb, 7 Ast, 5 Stl

    Carter nets 28; Iverson has 36 before ejection

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Vince Carter made sure he didn't have to win this one at the buzzer.

    Vince Carter, who shadows Eric Snow here, had a team-high three steals to go along with his 28 points.

    Carter scored 13 of his 28 points in the third quarter, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 100-93 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. The last time he played at the First Union Center, Carter missed a 23-footer as time expired that would have sent Toronto to the Eastern Conference finals.

    "That was last season. It's a different team now," Carter said. "It was unfortunate we didn't win that game. But we don't think about it until you guys bring it up."

    Allen Iverson scored 36 points and had seven assists, but was ejected after getting his second technical foul with 6.3 seconds left.

    "The officials didn't lose control of the game," Iverson said. "They took control of the game. On my first technical, I wasn't mad at the referee. I was mad because I stepped out of bounds, so I hit the table."

    Alvin Williams had 17 points and Keon Clark added 14 for the Raptors, who have won eight of 11 to get within a half-game of the Milwaukee Bucks in the Central Division.

    The defending Eastern Conference champion Sixers had won nine of 11 to move back into the playoff race.

    "They're a pretty good team and we dug ourselves a hole," Philadelphia coach Larry Brown said. "When you play from behind, you have to play perfect. We never had control of our offense the whole game."

    The Sixers, who trailed by 15 in the third, cut it to 91-89 on a pair of free throws by Eric Snow with 3:08 left.

    But Dell Curry nailed a 3-pointer for a 95-89 lead with 1:50 left. After Speedy Claxton and Chris Childs traded jumpers, Snow made two more free throws to make it 97-93 with 1:14 left.

    Derrick Coleman, however, missed a 3-pointer that would have cut the deficit to one with just under a minute left, and Clark blocked Coleman's 3-pointer with 11.7 seconds to play, icing it for Toronto.

    "Our guys played with poise," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said. "With all that was going on, you can't let yourself get too caught up in it because then you will be out of sync."

    Toronto broke it open with a 12-4 run midway through the third quarter that gave them their biggest lead, 75-60. Williams hit a 3-pointer to start the spurt and finished it with a three-point play on a driving layup and free throw.

    The Raptors, already missing Hakeem Olajuwon, Jerome Williams and Morris Peterson, lost Tracy Murray to a left ankle sprain at the end of the first quarter. Murray had 12 points.

    "We were struggling earlier so any win we can get now is a great win for us," Williams said.

    Dikembe Mutombo made six of his eight shots in the first half, but didn't take a shot in the second half.

    "I was disappointed Dikembe didn't touch the ball," Brown said. "That was a huge factor in the game."

    Game notes
    Iverson said he will ask former Sixer and NBA Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J" Erving if he can wear his No. 6 in Sunday's All-Star game in Philadelphia. Erving's number is retired by the Sixers. ... Mutombo got his 10,000th rebound early in the first quarter. ... Iverson, Mutombo and Wilkens got technical fouls in the third quarter. Clark and Sixers F Matt Harpring each got one in the fourth. ... Raptors F Jerome Williams didn't play because of a right ankle sprain. ... Sixers G Aaron McKie missed his fifth straight game with a strained left ankle and Achilles' tendon. ... Davis got his fourth foul with 1:10 left in the second quarter, but started the second half. ... Raptors C Eric Montross fouled out with 5:40 left.

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