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Carter, Raptors work overtime to stop Hornets

March 22, 2004

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— Vince Carter finished a 42-point, 12-rebound performance with a go-ahead three-pointer and a pair of game-sealing free throws in Toronto's 121-120 overtime victory over New Orleans on Sunday.

Carter also hit one of two three-pointers that Toronto needed as it erased a 107-99 deficit in the final 2:36 of regulation to force overtime.

Jamaal Magloire had 23 points -- 15 on free throws -- and 18 rebounds for New Orleans, which set an NBA-season high for free throws attempted with 60. But New Orleans missed 14, including one by Magloire with 34 seconds left in overtime, leaving New Orleans up 117-116.

That's when Carter, pulled up for a three-pointer with 18 seconds left.

Mavericks 101, Nets 98

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Steve Nash had 15 points and a season-high 16 assists, and Dallas came up with two big defensive plays in the final 18.8 seconds to post a 101-98 win over New Jersey.

Dirk Nowitzki blocked a shot underneath the basket by Nets center Jason Collins, seconds after hitting a fadeaway jumper that gave the Mavericks a 99-98 lead with 26.8 seconds left. Nowitzki finished with 21 points, and Antawn Jamison had 20 for the Mavericks.

Richard Jefferson had 22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for New Jersey.

Warriors 96, Clippers 85

Los Angeles -- Jason Richardson had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Golden State beat an injury-ravaged Los Angeles lineup.

Erick Dampier had 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Warriors, whose fourth straight victory matched their longest streak of the season.

Heat 101, Wizards 81

Washington -- Miami ran its season-best winning streak to five, blowing the game open in the third quarter to beat Washington. Dwyane Wade scored 22 points to lead six Heat players in double figures as Miami broke a three-game road losing streak and held on to sixth place in the East.

Timberwolves 98, Nuggets 77

Minneapolis -- Kevin Garnett had 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists, and Sam Cassell and Wally Szczerbiak added 18 points each to lead Minnesota past Denver. With Troy Hudson not in uniform because of a sore right ankle, Garnett spelled Cassell at point guard.

Pistons 96, Cavaliers 76

Cleveland -- Chauncey Billups had 18 points, and Detroit held Cleveland to a season-low 31 points in the first half en route to its eighth straight win.

Kings 100, Rockets 95

Sacramento, Calif. -- Peja Stojakovic scored 29 points, and Chris Webber had a key assist and a steal in the Kings' come-from-behind victory. Mike Bibby had 18 points and seven assists for the Kings (51-19).

SuperSonics 84, Magic 67

Seattle -- Ray Allen scored 22 points, and Vitaly Potapenko added a season-high 21 for Seattle. Rashard Lewis had 18 points, and Vladimir Radmanovic 12 as the Sonics won their season-high fifth straight. Juwan Howard led the Magic with 20 points, and Drew Gooden had 17.

Lakers 104, Bucks 103, OT

Los Angeles -- Shaquille O'Neal had 31 points, an NBA-season-high 26 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Kobe Bryant made the winning jumper with 25.1 seconds left in overtime.

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