TORONTO, Oct. 30 (Ticker) -- Morris Peterson
had 20 points and 12 rebounds and Vince Carter
scored 18 points as the Toronto Raptors opened their season with
a 74-68 victory over the Wizards.
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was acquired by Washington in an offseason six-player
deal in an to bolster an offense that averaged less than 94
points last season, despite the presence of Michael Jordan
The two-time All-Star guard scored 19 points in his debut but
got little help from his new teammates.
The Wizards shot just 30 percent (24-of-81) from the floor and
were held to their lowest total since January 16. The starting
frontcourt of Christian Laettner
, Bryon Russell
and Kwame Brown
combined to make just 6-of-22 shots, and Jordan - in his new
role as sixth man - scored eight points on 4-of-14 shooting.
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"We were just out of sync," Washington coach Doug Collins said.
"Toronto played well defensively, but I found that we were very
impatient. A lot of it could have been jitters and guys wanting
to do well. Offensively, we were terrible."
"Early on, everyone was fumbling the ball," Jordan said. "It was
one of those games where it was pretty ugly on both sides. For
us to come out and expect everyone to be clicking is
The Raptors shot just 36 percent (27-of-76), but Peterson and
Carter combined to make 12-of-19 shots and 12-of-14 free throws.
had nine points and 12 rebounds and Jelani McCoy
grabbed a career-high 12 boards.
"The key for us was that we came out and played defense,"
Peterson said. "That's what's going to get us wins. It's a good
start for us to stick together and get it done."
Carter, who missed the final 13 games last season and the
playoffs with a knee injury, made 6-of-14 shots and 6-of-7 free
"I felt good," he said. "I was tired after the first two
minutes, I think I was trying to hard. I was running a little
too fast but I was able to settle down and get everybody
involved. I am 100 percent."
"I though he looked good," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He
got a little anxious but he settled in. We have to have him
involved a lot, so we have to run things for him."
Brown, the 2001 top overall draft pick who struggled as a
rookie, had 12 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the
Toronto had a 20-16 lead after Jordan opened the second quarter
with a runner. The Raptors responded with 14 consecutive points
led by Peterson, who made all three of his shots during the
capped the run with a jumper to give Toronto its
largest lead at 34-16 with 7:05 remaining. Washington scored
only nine points in the third quarter and did not threaten until
scoring 10 of the game's final 12 points.
The Wizards' night was typified midway through the fourth
quarter when Jordan missed a breakaway dunk and Stackhouse fired
an airball from three-point range on back-to-back possessions.
"We were all like that," Stackhouse said. "When that happens you
miss layups and you miss dunks. Even Michael."