Toronto 94, L.A. Clippers 85
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Vince Carter
scored 29 points and helped Morris Peterson
out of his scoring funk as the Toronto Raptors held off the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter en route to a 94-85 victory.
There was no way for Elton Brand to escape the swarming Raptor defense.
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Carter shot 11-for-26 from the field -- making four 3-pointers -- and had six assists and five rebounds. He had 21 points before halftime and Peterson scored half his 20 points in the final eight minutes.
Peterson had only two points in the first half and entered the contest having hit just five of his last 24 shots. He sat out the second quarter.
"Mo got back on his stride and hit some big shots for us," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He knows when he goes to the bench all I want him to do is sit there and collect himself. He knows I'm going to use him again and when he goes back out there, I want him to shoot the ball.
"I told him, `Don't fall in love with the 3-pointer. Step in and take an easier shot where you can gain a rhythm.' He hit two or three of those and now his confidence is back and he started scoring again."
Peterson came back in with a new plan.
"I had a lot of time to sit on the side, to watch the game," he said. "I was just thinking, `Man, I just have to stop fouling. I don't think I came out as aggressive as I should have.' So I just wanted to make sure I was going to be ready when I got back in. I got some good looks thanks to Vince and some other guys who passed it to me."
After Earl Boykins hit a jumper to give the Clippers an 80-78 lead with 4:56 left, the Raptors scored 16 of the final 21 points to improve to 3-2 on their six-game road trip.
"Any win is a good win, it doesn't matter who we are playing," Carter said. "This is important for us to get wins because it's an important road trip for us."
Peterson put Toronto ahead for good, 81-80, with a 3-pointer with 4:09 left. Chris Childs followed with a layup off a steal to provide the Raptors with a three-point advantage.
Elton Brand's layup moved Los Angeles within 83-82 with 3:29 remaining, but Antonio Davis made a pair of free throws and Peterson hit a jumper.
Childs provided the Raptors with a 91-84 lead with a 3-pointer with 1:03 left. He converted three of four from the free-throw line in the final 50 seconds to seal Toronto's second straight win when not scoring 100 points.
"It was a game where we didn't get a whole lot done in our transition game," said Los Angeles coach Alvin Gentry, whose team scored just six fast-break points. "We weren't able to make plays by making stops or rebounds. We just gave up big offensive rebounds at the end and that hurt us. I thought for the first time this year, in this building, we didn't get off to a good start. We kind of worked our way back but then we didn't shoot the ball well at the end."
Hakeem Olajuwon grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds and Davis pulled down 11 and scored 10 points for Toronto, which has won five of its last six meetings with Los Angeles.
Clippers forward Corey Maggette scored a career-high 28 points as he battled Carter.
"Vince was hitting some impossible shots, but I thought the key to the second half was Chris Childs and Mo Pete's shooting and Keon Clark's rebounding," Maggette said. "My job was to try to try to keep (Carter) from scoring 40 points on me. He came out hot -- I think he had six of his first seven -- but then he kind of cooled off a little bit and Mo Pete and Childs heated them back up. We came down in the end and came within one and tried to double Vince and Mo Pete hit a 3-pointer and Childs hit the 3-pointer that really hurt us."
Brand had 22 and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 54 seconds left.
The Clippers had their four-game home winning streak stopped and fell to 4-2 since Lamar Odom was suspended for violating the league's anti-drug policy. Odom could return Sunday vs. New York.
Eric Piatkowski scored 11 points in the third quarter to rally Los Angeles. His two free throws with 1:57 remaining put the Clippers ahead, 65-64.
Toronto held its largest lead, 41-28, with 5:21 left in the second period on a layup by Olajuwon.
Childs scored 13 points and Clark had 12 and seven rebounds as the Raptors' reservea outscored the Clippers' bench, 29-13. Toronto shot 42 percent (35-for-84) and owned a 47-42 edge in rebounding.
Boykins contributed six points and starting guard Jeff McInnis tallied just six but had nine assists for Los Angeles.