"The guys who are expected to do most of the scoring are me and
Elton," Maggette said. "But when you have your other guys
stepping up and doing a great job, it makes your team that much
Vince Carter scored 21 points for the Raptors but only six after
the first quarter, when he hurt the ring finger of his right hand
diving for a loose ball.
In a shooting slump recently, he finished 9-of-23 but made only
four of 18 shots after hitting his first five. With Los Angeles
ahead 82-59 after three periods, he didn't play in the fourth.
"The fingernail actually rolled back on my ring finger and it
was bleeding," Carter said.
The Clippers face the Lakers (4-4) on Wednesday night on the
court they share, and Brand said: "We have to be up for that one.
We aren't playing a home game, but we still feel at home."
The Raptors have been inconsistent. They beat Houston, Detroit
and Portland at home to open the season, and also defeated the Jazz
"The momentum we had coming into this West Coast trip was
tremendous and we felt good about ourselves, so we want to end it
on a good note," Carter said.
Ahead 53-49 in the opening minute of the third quarter, the
Clippers reeled off a 23-4 run to open a 23-point lead with 4:28
remaining in the period. They were in control the rest of the way.
The Raptors started with a bang and ended the first period with
a team-record 26 field-goal attempts. They made just 12, however,
and trailed 33-27 heading into the second quarter.
The Clippers trailed 15-8 before scoring 15 consecutive points
to move in front to stay at 23-15. Brand scored eight points in the
"They execute plays and they share the ball. I feel they will
keep getting better," Dunleavy said.
The Raptors' previous high for shots in a quarter was 19 in
the first quarter at New Jersey on Jan. 11, 1997. ... Carter had
the plug pulled on his iPod before the game. The NBA learned that
he had been wearing headphones and listening to music of his choice
during the 20-minute pregame warmups. The league said that
earphones are not part of the uniform and told Carter to tune out.
He declined to comment.