Carter, who is averaging a team-high 21.3 points, strained his hamstring in the first quarter of a 78-74 overtime victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night. His status is uncertain for Saturday’s game.
The Raptors rallied without Carter, as Jalen Rose hit a game-tying shot with one second left in regulation and scored a game-high 20 points, improving the Raptors’ mark in overtime to 4-1 this season.
“I don’t really think we understand the potential that we have as a whole. We have a lot of players who understand how to play this game,” Rose said. “We understand that Vince is our franchise player. Once he went down, everybody had to step up his level of play … and try to find a way to win the game regardless—no excuses.”
The Hawks will play nine of their next 10 games at home after finishing a stretch of seven of eight on the road.
Atlanta’s stayed close with Eastern Conference-leading Indiana on Wednesday before Reggie Miller scored 13 fourth-quarter points to hand the Hawks an 85-78 defeat.
“I was proud of my team,” Hawks coach Terry Stotts said. “They kept battling back against the best in the East on the road. We were in position, it came down to them making shots with two or three minutes to go and we couldn’t get any to drop.”
STANDINGS (through Jan. 15): Raptors - 5th place, 7 1/2 GB, Central Division. Hawks - 8th place, 18 GB, Central Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Raptors - Carter, 21.3 ppg; Marshall, 8.6 rpg; Rose, 4.8 apg. Hawks - Abdur-Rahim, 19.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg; Terry, 5 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Raptors, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: Dec. 5; Raptors, 92-87. At Toronto, Rose had 22 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Carter also scored 22 as the Raptors won their third straight.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Raptors - 8-11 on the road; Hawks - 6-10 at home.