PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 4 (Ticker) -- Vince Carter
carried the Toronto Raptors through three quarters, but the biggest baskets of the game came from his supporting cast.
After Carter scored 13 of his 38 points in the third quarter, Dell Curry and Chris Childs nailed clutch jumpers down the stretch as the Raptors held off a furious rally by the Philadelphia 76ers and posted a 100-93 victory.
Carter dominated the third quarter and helped the Raptors to an 84-71 lead entering the fourth. But Toronto struggled in the final period, committing nine turnovers as Philadelphia rallied, climbing within 91-89 following Eric Snow's two free throws with 3:08 left.
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Vince Carter may have been off-balance here, but the Raptors were on target against the Sixers.
After Carter sank 1-of-2 free throws, Curry drained a 3-pointer with 2:10 to go -- the Raptors' first basket in nearly 7 1/2 minutes -- a basket made possible by an offensive rebound by Keon Clark
"Once the shot went up and Keon got the offensive rebound things were in disarray," Curry said. "He found me sneaking outside the 3-point line and I was able to hit one."
Sixers' rookie Speedy Claxton sank a jumper 20 seconds later, but Childs sank a wide-open jumper from the top of the key to give Toronto a 97-91 edge with 97 seconds remaining.
Carter sealed the win with three free throws in the final 12 seconds, including a technical free throw after Allen Iverson received his second technical.
"I'm proud that as a team we were able to stick it out and maintain some type of lead," Carter said. "When Philadelphia gets going they're a tough team to stop. Fortunately for us, we were up enough that when they made their comeback, we still had a little and we were able to hold on."
"We dug ourselves too big a hole," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "I don't think we played our best game but we came back and had chances. We just didn't get any stops. You've got to play perfect when you're 15 down. Del Curry hit a big three and Chris Childs hit a jumper."
There were six technical fouls handed out in the game, including four to the Sixers, who were consistently frustrated by the officiating.
"In defense of (referee Joe Crawford), I thought he was trying to get control of the game," Brown said. "It got crazy after that. I didn't think he was trying to hurt either team. The game was really physical. When it gets too physical, you worry about things flaring up."
"(The referees) controlled the game tonight. We couldn't say anything, or we'd get (hit with a technical)," Iverson said. "That just takes the fun out of the game. Players get emotional. We care. We care about the game."
Alvin Williams scored 17 points and Clark added 14 and blocked a 3-pointer by Philadelphia's Derrick Coleman with 13 seconds left.
The Raptors shot 52 percent (34-of-65) against the normally rigid Sixers' defense. They made 8-of-16 shots from beyond the arc and sank 24-of-26 free throws.
Childs finished with 11 points and Curry had eight for the Toronto, which played without forward Jerome Williams and lost Tracy Murray to injury.
Williams missed his second straight game a sprained right ankle and Murray scored 12 points before turning his left ankle on the final play of the first quarter.
Iverson finished with 36 points and Coleman collected 13 and 10 rebounds for the Sixers, who lost for just the second time in seven games.
Dikembe Mutumbo scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds, including the 10,000th of his career in the first quarter. Matt Harpring scored 12 points and Snow chipped in nine.
Philadelphia played without guard Aaron McKie, who missed his fifth straight game with a foot injury.
Neither team led by more than six in the first half, but Toronto opened the third quarter on a 23-12 run. Carter scored 11 points and Williams added eight during the burst, which gave the Raptors a 75-60 cushion with 3:07 left.
Toronto shot 60 percent (12-of-20) in the third quarter but made only 3-of-10 shots in the final period when Philadelphia mounted its comeback.