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
"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."
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
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
"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.
"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.