MIAMI, March 2 (Ticker) --
Hello, Vince Carter
. Goodbye, nine-game
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Carter returned from a six-game absence to score 27 points as
the Toronto Raptors snapped a season-high slide with an 89-86
victory over the Miami Heat.
Activated from the injured list before the game, Carter made
10-of-24 shots and 6-of-6 free throws. He made two from the
line with nine seconds remaining to extend the lead to three
had a chance to tie, but rookie Chris Bosh
him around the 3-point line and Jones' never got a legit
shot off. Miami coach Stan Van Gundy and Jones pleaded for a
foul call, but none came.
"I wasn't going to foul him," Bosh said. "I was going to keep
my hands straight up."
"Eddie's shot fakes the guy off his feet, you guys see that call
every night in an NBA game," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said.
"Now, when it's us on offense it's not the same call at the end
of the game."
"We had one of the referee supervisors the other night, say 'Why
so much complaining this year?' "I'll tell you why because
people's jobs are on the line in this profession. That's why
people are upset."
The contest was tied at 78 after three quarters, but Toronto and
Miami combined for just 19 points in the final period setting
an NBA record-low for a fourth quarter. The Raptors were
involved in the previous record for fourth quarter futility,
when they combined with the Warriors to score 20 on Feb. 8
of this year.
"We missed a lot of shots tonight," Jones said
Carter also had eight assists and five rebounds, showing no
effects of the sprained ankle that sidelined him. Donyell Marshall
added 24 points for Toronto, making 6-of-9 3-pointers.
The Raptors scored 37 points in the second quarter to erase a
30-15 deficit after one period. Carter had 15 in the quarter,
when Toronto made all six of its 3-pointers and cut the deficit
to 54-52 at halftime.
Miami scored a season-low eight points in the fourth quarter,
shooting a season-worst 11 percent (2-of-18).
The Raptors (26-34) moved into sixth place in the Eastern
Conference playoff race. Miami (25-36) fell one-half game
behind Boston for eighth place and the final postseason berth.
had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Miami, which has
lost four in a row overall. It had a six-game winning streak
against Toronto snapped.