ATLANTA, March 8 (Ticker) -- Vince Carter scored a season-high 43 points and reserve Voshon Lenard added 23 as the Toronto Raptors continued their strong play against the Atlanta Hawks with a 107-98 victory.

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Carter shot 16-of-24 from the field, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, and converted 6-of-8 free throws.

"It's a feeling that you get from seeing a guy, when he works and plays and everything, he was outstanding," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "He went to the hoop, got the in-between shots, the outside shots, rebounded, defended, and that was great for me."

"He was shooting from everywhere on the court - dunks, layups, threes - he was just way too comfortable out there," Atlanta guard Jason Terry said.

The high-flying Carter scored 15 points in the first quarter and almost matched his previous season best by halftime with 26. He totaled 27 points at Memphis on December 1.

"I just felt comfortable out there," said Carter, who also had a career-high eight assists. "I was shooting each shot the same. I was just in the groove, just finding my shots where I can really be effective, whether it be shooting or delievering the ball.

"I just play to be effective, I don't play to see how many points I can score. My thing was, I was just going to attack and be effective. I just wanted to set the tone for us tonight."

However, Carter pointed to an earlier game against the Boston Celtics as his best effort of the season, despite notching the 11th 40-point game of his career and first since a 43-point effort at Houston on March 5, 2002.

"Just because I scored a lot of points doesn't mean it was my best game," he said. "I had a better game against Boston. I was moving a lot more. Tonight was my night to score."

The Hawks also blamed themselves for Carter's output, which was the most points by an opponent in the history of Phillips Arena.

"We kind of helped him get in rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "I was more disappointed with giving him the easy shots. You can't give him easy shots."

"When you give a guy like that so many easy layups in the beginning, when he can get easy buckets with no pressure, we made it a long night for ourselves," said Atlanta center Theo Ratliff, who scored a season-high 20 points.

The turning point in the tight matchup came with 3:56 left when Carter slammed down an alley-oop dunk for a 94-91 advantage.

After Carter missed the ensuing free throw, Atlanta's Glenn Robinson appeared to grab the rebound but lost the ball to Carter, whose five-foot jumper gave the Raptors a seven-point cushion with 3:50 to go.

"The last three, four minutes of tonight's game, we didn't execute," Hawks forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim said. "It's more just execution and finishing out our plays. We had good looks. They hit a couple of crazy ones. We had a couple of easy ones that we missed."

That was part of a 13-2 run Toronto used to to take its largest lead, 107-93, with 69 seconds remaining. Carter capped it with a pair of free throws, giving him six points in the spurt.

The Hawks shot just 5-of-15 (33 percent) in the fourth quarter, going 0-for-4 from beyond the arc, and converted 6-of-12 free throws. They hit on 48 percent of their shots overall (39-of-82) but made just 1-of-10 from 3-point range.

"They made plays in the last three or four minutes," Stotts said. "The ball kind of bounced their way. They converted their opportunities at the offensive end and we didn't. We forced them to take some tough shots."

Reserve Voshon Lenard added 23 points and Antonio Davis had 13, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors, who have won eight of the last nine meetings with the Hawks.

Robinson scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Abdur-Rahim had 22 and 12, but Atlanta was unable to match a season high with its third straight win in the opener of a four-game homestand.

"It's frustrating," Stotts said. "You want to have one of those in the year when you have three, four, five, six (wins) in a row. It kind of breaks up your season. You want to sustain the ups a little bit better and it's frustrating."

Toronto cooled off Terry, holding the guard to eight points after he averaged 20.8 over his previous four games. Terry shot 4-of-15, missing all four of his 3-point attempts.

"They (Rafliff, Robinson and Abdur-Rahim) stepped it up," said Terry, who recorded nine assists. "We know our offense isn't our problem. Defense is going to win you games, especially this time of the year. We just couldn't do that tonight."

The Raptors, who have won three of their last four games, shot 50 percent (43-of-86). Their bench outscored Atlanta's, 27-10.