Toronto (4-3) at Los Angeles (4-3)

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  • Game info: 10:30 pm EST Tue Nov 16, 2004
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While Vince Carter helped lead the Toronto Raptors to the best start in team history, he is also partially to blame for the team’s recent struggles.

Carter, coming off his worst game of the season, leads the Raptors as they try to avoid a third straight loss in a matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Carter has shot 30 percent (18-for-60) in his last four games as the Raptors have gone 1-3. Toronto opened the season with a team-record three straight wins, with Carter making several key plays while averaging 17.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.6 rebounds.

In an 88-87 loss to the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday, Carter missed a driving reverse layup as time expired.

The former All-Star had his lowest point total of the season Saturday, with just four in 22 minutes as Toronto lost 105-102 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Carter made only two of nine shots from the floor and watched from the sideline when the Raptors made a fourth-quarter run.

“You’ve got to put the guys in who were playing well,” Carter said. “I’m behind the team in all of their decisions and if that’s what they chose to do, that’s what I have to deal with.”

Los Angeles has alternated wins and losses in its first seven games, and is coming off a dramatic victory.

The Clippers came back from a 24-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 97-96 on Saturday, rallying for the biggest comeback victory since the franchise moved from Buffalo to San Diego for the 1978-79 season.

Los Angeles earned the most lopsided road win in its history Wednesday, beating the Indiana Pacers 102-68.

“We keep breaking records, baby,” said Clippers forward Elton Brand, who is averaging 11.3 rebounds in his last three games.

With a hustling defense and some timely shooting by Marko Jaric, the Clippers climbed back against the Bulls. Jaric scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 23 points and Chris Wilcox added 14, making two thunderous dunks in the final quarter.

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