OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 14 (Ticker) --
In a battle of former North Carolina teammates, Vince Carter
once again got the better of Antawn Jamison.
Antonio Davis fights for the rebound with Danny Fortson, who struggled mightily.
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Carter had 19 of his 24 points in the second half as the Toronto Raptors rallied for an 89-82 victory over the Golden State Warriors, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Toronto drafted Jamison fourth overall in 1998 and promptly traded to Golden State for Carter, the No. 5 pick, and cash.
Carter has soared into superstardom and the Raptors had won all five games against Jamison and the Warriors since the trade, including a 109-92 victory last Wednesday in which the Toronto set an NBA record with 24 blocked shots.
"I'm not supposed to come out here with 50 points every night and I'm not supposed to come out and get 10 points every night,"
Carter said. "I'm just supposed to be consistent on both ends and do what I need to do, whether it's as a decoy or if it's to
put up points, but as a team we played together and showed we can play together on the defensive end."
Golden State entered the fourth quarter with a 66-65 lead, but after Jamison hit a jump shot, Carter sank a 3-pointer to tie
the game. Jamison responded with another bucket, but Carter promptly hit another 3-pointer to give Toronto the lead for good
The Warriors got within 84-80 with 43 seconds remaining, but Chris Childs
hit two free throws two seconds later and Golden State got no closer.
"It's always disappointing when you lose, but when you got the game in your hand and you're supposed to win the game and you find a way to lose, it is always disappointing," Jamison said. "It's the same old story. We find a way to lose instead of find
a way to win. (But) it's only one game. We've been playing well. We've got to learn from this game and be ready for Seattle
Golden State was stymied by its poor free-throw shooting. The Warriors missed 11 of 33 shots from the line.
"We spend a lot of days after practice making free throws and we didn't (get) enough of them down, and that's unfortunate in this game," said Golden State forward Danny Fortson,
who had 12 rebounds but only two points, both from the line. "You got to make free throws, those are free points."
The Warriors also had great difficult shooting 3-pointers. They were 0-for-9 from 3-point range.
The Raptors won despite being manhandled on the boards, 59-38, by the league's top rebounding team. Toronto was outscored in the paint, 52-38.
In addition to Carter's big game, Antonio Davis
had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Raptors. Keon Clark
added 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
Jamison scored 19 points for Golden State. Erick Dampier
had 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, but he was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. It was Dampier's first 20-10 game since April 1999.
Dampier and Jamison keyed a 12-0 run late in the first quarter to give the Warriors a 22-10 lead. Carter scored his first
basket with 1:22 remaining to end the run, but Golden State ended the quarter with a 24-16 lead.
The Warriors led by as many as 12 in the second quarter, 30-18, but the Raptors came back behind Davis' eight points and only trailed by one at halftime, 43-42.
Toronto won for the first time this season when scoring less than 100 points. It was also the Raptors' first victory on the
back end of consecutive games. Toronto lost at Sacramento on Tuesday but is 2-2 on its six-game road trip.
Golden State was denied its first four-game winning streak since February 2000.