PHOENIX, Feb. 10 (Ticker) -- Vince Carter
and Morris Peterson
more than enough offense to lead the short-handed Toronto Raptors
to their fourth win in five games.
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Carter scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half and
Peterson hit seven 3-pointers to help the Raptors to a 101-94
victory over the Phoenix Suns.
"I was just being patient and Mo Pete (Peterson) was shooting
the ball well," Carter said.
"I wanted to come out and let the game come to me," Peterson
said. "I played relaxed and did what I could to help us win.
After I hit the first shot, I felt comfortable."
Peterson scored a season-high 27 points while Donyell Marshall
added 25 and 11 rebounds to help Toronto sweep the season series
from Phoenix for the first time since the 1996-97 campaign.
Toronto was playing without guard Jalen Rose
, who suffered a
broken left hand Sunday and had surgery Tuesday. He is expected
to miss at least four weeks.
His teammates were more than willing to pick up the slack. After
struggling to 2-of-10 shooting in the first half, Carter was
10-of-15 after halftime. Peterson hit 7-of-11 3-pointers.
"I wasn't in a state of panic as far as not scoring. That is
what people want to see," Carter said. "I want to win, and if
the go-to (guy) was Mo Pete, then give him the ball. (In the)
second half, they had to pay more attention to him, then I was
able to get myself going."
"I know we have Jalen (Rose) out and he's one of our top scorers
and we needed guys to step up," Peterson said.
scored 23 points and Joe Johnson
added 19 as
the Suns lost for the 10th time in 12 games. Jake Voskuhl
15 points while Shawn Marion
added 14 and 10 rebounds.
Toronto used an 18-6 third-quarter run to seize the lead for
good at 68-66 with 2:26 left in the period. Peterson hit two
3-pointers during the spurt.
"The third quater was the deciding factor of the game," Peterson
said. "Vince is going to draw a lot of double-teams and the
coach talked to him about going to the basket more and the teams
have to key on that. That gives us more room."
Marshall scored the final basket in the third-quarter run and
injured Marion in the process. Marion was elbowed in the jaw by
Marshall on the play and lay on the court for a few minutes
before walking to the bench on his own.
He sat out of the game for a few minutes before re-entering and
finishing the contest.
"It's kind of getting redundant coming here and saying we're
awful, but we're just not playing well," Suns coach Mike
D'Antonti said. "We're out of sync and it just doesn't feel
good, doesn't look good and I'm sure the fans understand that."
The Suns have now lost four games in a row and 10 of 12. Phoenix
finished its homestand with a 1-4 record.