Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Wednesday, November 27th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 1st
Game 3: Monday, March 24th
Game 4: Sunday, March 30th

Knicks 86

(32-42, 10-26 away)

Raptors 95

(23-49, 15-21 home)

    1:30 PM ET, March 30, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    NY 25 15 12 3486
    TOR 32 18 21 2495

    Top Performers

    New York: A. Houston 24 Pts, 5 Reb

    Toronto: V. Carter 28 Pts, 9 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Sprewell held to four points in Raptors' victory

    TORONTO (AP) -- Don Chaney didn't hold back after the New York Knicks lost their third in a row.

    "I thought we stunk, I really did. I haven't said that about this team all year,'' Chaney said Sunday after Vince Carter scored 28 points to lead the Toronto Raptors past New York 95-86, further damaging the Knicks' already slim playoff hopes.

    "We did not show up,'' Chaney said.

    Allan Houston had 24 points for the Knicks, who have lost three straight and four of five. Latrell Sprewell scored just four points and was benched for the entire fourth quarter when the Knicks cut a 19-point deficit to four.

    New York trails eighth-place Milwaukee by three games and is 2½ games behind ninth-place Washington.

    "This wasn't a competing type effort,'' Sprewell said. "It was more or less leaning toward the side of quitting.''

    Carter added nine rebounds and six assists and made a spectacular 360-degree dunk in the first half.

    Alvin Williams had 12 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, who have won just three of their last 13.

    Toronto won despite missing center Antonio Davis, who is sidelined with a strained left groin.

    Michael Bradley, starting in place of Davis, had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jelani McCoy added 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors outrebounded the Knicks 47-34.

    "They were playing like they had more of a purpose than we did,'' Houston said.

    Carter said he didn't care about spoiling New York's chances.

    "We have a lot of other things to worry about than to spoil their chances,'' Carter said. "We need wins to keep the pressure off.''

    Toronto outscored New York 21-12 in the third quarter, but consecutive 3-pointers by Houston in the fourth cut Toronto's lead to four with 6:16 left.

    Carter followed with a jumper and Williams made two jumpers and a 3-pointer to give Toronto an 89-80 lead with 2:15 left. After Carter's jumper gave the Raptors a nine-point lead with 1:12 left, Charlie Ward missed a 3-pointer.

    Williams made one of two free throws with 44 seconds left to extend Toronto's lead to 10 points.

    Carter and Morris Peterson each had 13 points as Toronto built a 50-40 lead at the break. Toronto shot 59.5 percent in the first half.

    "We can't win games by letting teams, every first half, shoot 50 percent,'' Chaney said. "You have to get in there and fight and we didn't have any fight.''

    Carter scored seven points, including his flashy dunk, during a 14-2 run in the first quarter.

    Toronto's Voshon Lenard later scored seven straight points and Williams made a free throw, giving Toronto a 13-point lead with 4:56 left in the first half.

    Game notes

    Sprewell went 1-for-4 from the field. ... Davis hasn't played since getting injured in the third quarter of Friday's game against New Orleans. ... Toronto's Jerome Williams returned to the lineup after missing four games because of a stiff neck. Williams had one point and seven rebounds. ... Toronto outrebounded New York 23-11 in the first half.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 95
    FGM-FGA 27-72 (.375) 39-77 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 11-27 (.407) 6-13 (.462)
    FTM-FTA 21-27 (.778) 11-19 (.579)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-34 10-47
    Assists 16 20
    Turnovers 13 14
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 5 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New York
    Allan Houston Houston
    Points: 24
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 28
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3