Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 10/29

Game 1: Wednesday, October 29th
Game 2: Saturday, November 22nd
Game 3: Friday, February 20th
Game 4: Tuesday, February 24th

Raptors 81

(6-6, 1-5 away)

Nets 80

(5-7, 2-5 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 22, 2003

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
TOR 18 32 19 1281
NJ 18 16 25 2180

Top Performers

Toronto: V. Carter 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 9 Ast, 1 Stl

New Jersey: K. Martin 26 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast

Peterson's late foul shot sinks Nets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors finally found a team they could beat on the road: the struggling, feuding New Jersey Nets, who happened to be without Jason Kidd.

Vince Carter

Vinsanity: Toronto's Carter throws up an unbelievable shot.

Morris Peterson's free throw with 0.8 seconds left gave the Raptors a 81-80 victory over the Nets on Saturday after squandering a 20-point second-half lead.

The Raptors improved to 1-5 away from home.

"I think everybody was making a big deal of it," said Vince Carter, who had 21 points and nine assists. "It was a great win, more than anything. We're excited that we're able to win with all the controversy going around. It would be easy for this team to lose focus."

The Raptors and Bulls have been in trade talks involving Toronto players Peterson, Jerome Williams, Alvin Williams and Antonio Davis.

Carter hasn't been part of any such rumors, and he beat Kenyon Martin on a jump ball with 3.1 seconds to play that led to Peterson's free throw.

"The goal was to tap it to one of the guys to get a shot off, not something that we drew up," Carter said. "Luckily, I was able to get a hand on it and direct it that way."

Martin, who led the Nets with 26 points, thought the toss on the jump ball wasn't good.

Peterson got inside Kerry Kittles and was fouled going to the basket.

"As I caught it, I was going up," Peterson said. "Kerry Kittles and Kenyon Martin were right in front of me. Both of them kind of grabbed my arm."

Peterson made the first of his two free throws for his only point of the half and the winning margin.

Martin got the rebound of the miss with 0.3 seconds remaining, but the Nets failed to get off a final shot.

"We made more mistakes out there than they did," said Alonzo Mourning, who scored a season-high 15 points just two days after a shouting match with Martin at practice.

Kidd sat out the game with a sore left knee and watched the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions lose for the seventh time in 12 games.

Kittles twice answered jumpers by Carter in the final minute to tie the game at 78 and 80, the latter with 14 seconds left.

The Raptors set up a final play for Carter, and he drove the right side of the lane against Martin. The Nets' power forward reached in and got a hand on the ball but he also got a lot more.

Referee David Jones called a jump ball, and Carter was lucky he didn't pick up a technical foul for the way he reacted. Kidd covered his mouth on the bench and laughed at the call.

Carter won the ensuing tap.

Until Carter hit two straight shots in the final minute, Toronto had missed eight straight and made 1-of-17 from the field, allowing the Nets to get back into the game.

The Nets scored seven points during the Raptors' drought. Martin pulled New Jersey within 76-75. Richard Jefferson had a chance to put New Jersey ahead but only went 1-for-2 from the line, tying the game at 76.

Toronto, which came into the game averaging a league-low 77.5 points, shot 61.3 percent from the field in the first half and opened a 50-34 lead.

The Raptors twice stretched their advantage to 20 points, the second time at 60-40 midway through the third quarter.

Game Notes: The Nets dropped to 1-2 in games Kidd missed. ... Nets forward Rodney Rogers returned to the lineup after missing 10 games with a cut thumb. ... New Jersey is 2-5 at home. They lost only eight home games last season. ... After seeing only three minutes in the previous three games, Robert Pack played 26 with Kidd out.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 81 80
FGM-FGA 31-72 (.431) 33-68 (.485)
3PM-3PA 6-13 (.462) 1-5 (.200)
FTM-FTA 13-18 (.722) 13-17 (.765)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-33 10-32
Assists 25 22
Turnovers 14 15
Steals 5 6
Blocks 4 2
Fast Break Points 2 1
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 22 (2/0)

Top Performers

New Jersey
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 21
Reb: 6
Ast: 9
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Kenyon Martin Martin
Points: 26
Reb: 7
Ast: 1
Stl: 0
Blk: 0