Carter scored 13 of his 21 points in the final five minutes as
the Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 97-96 on Wednesday night for
their season-high fourth straight win.
Antonio Davis added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors,
who have won five of six since Carter returned to the lineup after
missing 23 straight games with a strained right knee. Carter has
missed 33 games with injuries to both knees.
"Vince in the fourth quarter is what obviously we needed,"
said Davis, whose team went 6-27 without Carter. "I think before
we would play great quarters, but then we could never finish up
Carter went 4-for-15 from the field before scoring 13 points in
the final 4:50. He finished 8-for-20 from the field.
"I had to take the initiative to step up and make something
happen," Carter said. "I couldn't hit a shot to save my life
earlier so I had to keep going."
Carter denied his early struggles had anything to do with his
"I was just missing," Carter said. "Everything is fine. It
just wasn't going in."
Glenn Robinson had 26 points for the Hawks, who have lost three
"Toronto's playing well and having Vince back has obviously
helped them," Atlanta coach Terry Stotts said.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 14 of his 24 points in the third
quarter to help Atlanta enter the fourth quarter with a six-point
Carter's fadeaway jumper cut Atlanta's lead to one with 4:50
left. Davis' three-point play tied it at 82 with 3:35 left, and
Carter's free throw and 3-pointer gave Toronto a four-point lead
with 2:40 to go.
After Robinson committed Atlanta's 16th turnover, Davis made one
of two free throws.
Atlanta's Theo Ratliff hit a jumper, but Carter followed with
one of his own to make it 89-84 with 1:24 remaining.
Dan Dickau of the Hawks made a 3-pointer before Carter converted
a three-point play with 22 seconds left.
After Atlanta's Jason Terry made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to
two, Carter made two free throws with 18 seconds remaining.
Robinson cut the lead to one with a 3-pointer with 12.7 seconds
left, but Voshon Lenard made two free throws with 11 seconds left.
Toronto's Jerome Williams then made one of two free throws with
3.8 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Terry made another 3 at
The Raptors shot a season-low 18.2 percent in the first quarter,
but the Hawks shot 25 percent in the second.
Dickau's 3-pointer and Alan Henderson's jumper gave Atlanta a
16-point lead -- its biggest of the game -- early in the second, but
Toronto countered with a 22-2 run as Lenard scored seven points and
Jelani McCoy six.
Toronto led 48-46 at halftime.
Henderson went 6-for-6 from the field for 12 points. ...
The Raptors missed 18 of their first 21 shots from the field. ...
Actor Gary Sinise sat courtside. ... Toronto is 6-27 without Carter
in the lineup, and 9-7 with him. ... Williams had 14 rebounds and