Vince Carter scores 48 as Raptors swoop on Bucks


Vince Carter renewed his rivalry with Ray Allen in a big way, scoring 48 points — the second-highest total of his NBA career — as the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 111— 102. Carter, who leads the NBA in scoring, had 30 points in the second half including six in a decisive 10-0 run late in Saturday night’s game. He finished three points shy of his career-high. Carter’s total was the highest in the league this season. Detroit’s Jerry Stackhouse had 44 against Toronto on Oct. 31. Allen, Carter’s Olympic teammate in Sydney, guarded Carter for most of the game and scored 29 points. Carter scored 47 against Allen last season after Allen was chosen over Carter for the Olympic team. Carter was later added to the team. Wizards 109, Celtics 89 In Washington, the Wizards became the last NBA team to win a home game this season, beating a Boston team that has yet to win on the road. The Wizards beat the Celtics at their own game, using three guards in a run-and-gun attack that produced a 27-2 advantage in fast-break points and a season-high 14 steals. Juwan Howard scored 21 points and Mitch Richmond and Richard Hamilton had 19 each as Washington broke a five-game losing streak. Heat 86, Trail Blazers 80 In Miami, rookie Eddie House stepped in for the injured Tim Hardaway and scored 23 points, including four in the final 34 seconds, to lift the outmanned Heat. Brian Grant, acquired in an off season deal with Portland, had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat. Anthony Mason added 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and House added five rebounds and three assists. The Trail Blazers, who had won six of their previous seven games, were paced by Rasheed Wallace with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Steve Smith added 19 points. Timberwolves 94, Hawks 84 In Atlanta, Kevin Garnett scored 25 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Minnesota. Garnett, coming off a season-high 32-point performance in an overtime win over San Antonio on Friday night, picked up his eighth double-double in Minnesota’s 10 games. The Hawks extended their franchise-worse start by dropping to 1-10. Jim Jackson led Atlanta with 21 points. Alan Henderson added 19. Nets 97, Pacers 92 In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Stephon Marbury had 20 points and 10 assists and Johnny Newman came off the bench to add 16 — including a key basket in the final minute. The victory was the second in a row for the Nets, who now embark on a four-game trip to the West. The Nets led 76-62 midway through the third quarter only to see the Pacers come back behind Reggie Miller, who had 14 of his 31 points in the third. Rockets 94, Suns 89 In Houston, Steve Francis scored 25 points and Hakeem Olajuwon had a season-high 19. Olajuwon also had 10 rebounds and a season-high three blocked shots. Cuttino Mobley added 17 points, including eight in the fourth quarter as the Rockets won their sixth straight at home. Houston improved to 6-5, its first time with a better-than-.500 record since May 5, 1999. Cliff Robinson led the Suns with 23 points. Shawn Marion added 20 points and 17 rebounds and Jason Kidd and Rodney Rogers each had 13 points. Nuggets 87, Lakers 86 In Denver, Antonio McDyess scored 28 points and George McCloud hit two 3-pointers to key a fourth quarter comeback. McDyess also had 18 rebounds and Nick Van Exel added 15 points and 11 assists for the Nuggets, who outscored Los Angeles 18-4 over the game’s final seven minutes. Bryant finished with 32 points — his fifth straight game with at least 30 points — but did not get the ball in the final seconds when the Lakers failed to get a shot off on their final possession. Los Angeles played without leading scorer and rebounder Shaquille O’Neal, who sat out because of a sprained left ankle and a sore left Achilles’ tendon. Jazz 109, Bulls 64 In Salt Lake City, Karl Malone snapped out of a three-game shooting slump with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting. In three quarters, Malone nearly had a triple double. He added nine rebounds and eight assists. Backup point guard Jacque Vaughn a career-high 15 points and handed out seven assists. Reserve center Greg Ostertag scored a season-high 11 points to go along with seven rebounds and eight blocked shots. Elton Brand led the Bulls with 23 points. Mavericks 91, Grizzlies 88 In Vancouver, British Columbia, Dirk Nowitzki and Hubert Davis had 20 points apiece as the Mavericks won their second game in as many nights. Vancouver had a chance to tie the game after rebounding a Dallas miss, but Damon Jones missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer as he didn’t hear coach Sidney Lowe screaming for a timeout. The Grizzlies were playing without their leading scorer, forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who flew home to Atlanta on Friday to be with his mother after she suffered a stroke.

SuperSonics 86, Clippers 83 In Los Angeles, Gary Payton scored 25 points and Rashard Lewis added five of his 13 points on free throws in the final minute. Lamar Odom had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who were trying for their third straight victory — which would have matched their longest winning streak last season. Eric Piatkowski tried a desperation 3-point shot that fell short as time expired, and the Clippers protested to no avail that Piatkowski was fouled on the shot.