TORONTO, Nov. 7 (Ticker) --
The Toronto Raptors blocked an NBA-record 24 shots, including six by Hakeem Olajuwon
in the decisive third quarter, in a 109-92 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Vince Carter scored 20 of his game-high 39 points in the third quarter.
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also scored a franchise-record 20 of his 39 points in the third quarter and Olajuwon finished with nine blocks for the Raptors, who outscored the Warriors, 35-21, in the period and cruised to their seventh straight win in the series.
Toronto took control with a 15-3 run, turning a one-point deficit into a 70-59 lead midway through the period on a jumper by Alvin Williams
off a feed from Carter, who also grabbed 10 rebounds.
"We're playing well," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "I didn't like the way we started. I felt like we've got to come out a whole lot better than that."
Toronto's Antonio Davis
also had a double-double, collecting 14 points and 16 rebounds, and Morris Peterson
contributed 21 points for the Raptors (12 in the first quarter), who have won three straight since opening the season with two losses.
Rookies Jason Richardson
and Troy Murphy
had 16 and 14 points, respectively, but the Warriors had their two-game winning streak halted.
who led the Warriors in scoring in each of the first four games, was held to 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
"Offensively, we couldn't even throw it into the ocean," Jamison said. "Tonight we played well in the first half with a chance to win and then all of a sudden, oh so quickly ..."
Many of Jamison's shots were altered by the 7-foot Olajuwon, who helped limit Golden State to 32 percent (29-of-90) shooting from the field. Davis, Carter and reserves Keon Clark
and Tracy Murray
had three blocks apiece for Toronto.
The Raptors' 24 blocked shots broke their own NBA record of 23 set against the Atlanta Hawks on March 23, 2001.
"It was crazy on blocked shots tonight, but a lot of those were swallowed up by us and then they tipped them again," Warriors coach Dave Cowens said. "Maybe some of the layups that we missed were so bad that they gave them a block. I don't know, 24 blocks, that's a lot of blocks."
Toronto held a 52-51 lead at halftime but the Warriors pulled ahead, 56-55, on a 3-pointer by Jamison with 10:16 left in the third quarter. However, over the next four minutes Golden State was held to a 3-pointer by Bob Sura
as the Raptors pulled away.
Williams scored seven points during the key burst and Carter made two of his six 3-pointers.
Five of Carter's 3-pointers came in the third quarter, setting another team mark. His 20 points in the period tied a team record first set by Doug Christie
in 1996 and matched by Carter on December 30.
"I just wanted to get the run started, get some shots going," Carter said.
Olajuwon fell three blocks shy of the team mark held by Clark.
"In the first half they came out and played hard, very physical," said Olajuwon. "The way we played in the third quarter opened up the game. It was intense."
The Raptors shot 43 percent (41-of-95), including 10-of-21 from the arc, and held a 60-52 edge on the boards behind Davis' 16 rebounds and 10 apiece by Carter and Olajuwon.
The 60 rebounds was another team mark, breaking the record of 57 set against Philadelphia on April 2, 1997.
"I think we have to grow as a team, understand that we have to help each other," Davis said. "The record is just a reflection of hard work and being prepared to play the game. I'm real upset with the way we played the first half."
The game featured five technical fouls, including two on Toronto point guard Chris Childs,
who was ejected in the fourth quarter.
"I think they stepped up their level of intensity coming out of the locker room and we had only a little bit of momentum coming in," Murphy said. "But then Vince came out and got a dunk and hit a couple of threes. That did it to us."