Raptors 93, 76ers 80
Carter attempted a season-high 31 shots and scored 15 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto to a 93-80 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
Donyell Marshall had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and Jalen Rose scored 13 for the Raptors, who ended a two-game losing skid. Former Sixers forward Jerome Moiso added 10 points and 11 rebounds, both season highs.
Toronto struggled offensively in two losses last weekend, so coach Kevin O’Neill tried to relieve the pressure by inviting his players to keep hoisting shots against Allen Iverson and the Sixers.
Carter heeded O’Neill’s advice and devised a simple game plan.
“Just attack. Just try to make something happen,” Carter said. “They had the leading scorer in the NBA on their side going to the free throw line. We just had to attack and try to get layups.”
Carter had seven points on two jumpers and a 3-pointer during a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter, extending the Raptors’ lead to 15.
He scored eight more down the stretch, hitting two jumpers, a fast-break layup and two free throws to give him his most points since posting 35 on Dec. 12.
“I think Vince’s last four games have been really good,” O’Neill said. “If he continues to play at that level, we’ll be an effective basketball team.”
Bosh, a rookie first-round pick who also finished with 10 points, sprained his left ankle when he raced the length of the floor to block a layup attempt by Iverson. Bosh made the play from behind, then stepped on Iverson’s foot when he landed.
Bosh immediately grabbed his ankle and stayed on the floor for several minutes before limping off the court. X-rays were negative, but he did not return.
Though he had been advised to stay off the ankle, Bosh tried to convince team doctors to allow him to play.
“I couldn’t do a couple of things they asked me to do, so they said, ‘No,”’ said Bosh, who was listed as day-to-day.
Iverson and Robinson had all but two of the team’s 26 points in the first quarter as the Sixers took a three-point lead.
The momentum and the lead shifted for good, though, when Iverson briefly left the game early in the second quarter.
Iverson injured his left elbow in a collision with Roger Mason while attempting a layup on a baseline drive under the basket. Iverson fell to the floor, then got up holding his arm and headed straight to the locker room. He returned to the floor less than three minutes later.
With Iverson out of the game, the Raptors took their first lead with 8:02 left in the second quarter when Bosh banked in a 14-footer. Bosh had six more points during the 17-3 run that helped Toronto take a 44-37 halftime lead despite Iverson’s 19 points.
Iverson, who has scored more than 30 in four of the last five games, again spoke about his team’s lack of heart in losing its second straight.
“The guys that aren’t playing tough, they know who they are,” Iverson said. “I’m not going to point out an individual on my team because that’s not fair. I wouldn’t want them to do it to me. The way I say things should beenough.”
Williams did not dress because his ankle, which he sprained in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, did not respond to treatment. … The Sixers lost for the fifth time in their last six home games and fell to a season-worst nine games under .500. … Sixers C Samuel Dalembert was 1-for-7 for five points after registering double-digits in his last two games. … Thomas received a technical foul in the fourth quarter for shoving Raptors F Robert Archibald after Archibald accidentally slapped him the face fighting for a loose ball. Archibald left in the first half when he was cut above the eye during another scrum. … Toronto closed out the four-game season series withthree wins.