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Sprewell held to four points in Raptors' victory

3/31/2003

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.