Raptors 101, Cavaliers 98
TORONTO (AP) _ Vince Carter scored 15 of his 32 points in the decisive third quarter as the Toronto Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-98 Tuesday night.
Carter, coming off a career-high 39 points against San Antonio on Sunday, missed 9 of 14 shots in the first half as the Raptors fell behind by 11 points. But he found the range in the third quarter, hitting 6 of 8 shots as the Raptors outscored the Cavaliers 31-13 to take control.
Carter hit a 3-pointer with 2:04 left in the third to give Toronto a 64-63 lead and then added a short turnaround jumper.
Following a technical foul on Carter with 39.6 seconds left, Brevin Knight made three straight free throws to cut Toronto’s lead to 98-95. But the Raptors held on for their third straight victory.
Dee Brown scored 14 points of his season-high 17 points for Toronto in the first half. He was 5-of-10 from 3-point range.
Knight led the Cavaliers with 20 points and 11 assists. Shawn Kemp, who played only 25 minutes due to foul trouble, had 16 points for Cleveland.
Toronto’s Antonio Davis needed three stitches after he was accidentally hit above the left eye by Lamond Murray midway through the third quarter.
Notes: Carter’s 39 points on Sunday fell one short of the Raptors’ record, set by Acie Earl and Tracy Murray in 1996. ... Carter played a season-high 46 minutes. ... The Cavaliers and Raptors are both shooting 41 percent from 3-point range this season. San Antonio leads the league at 43 percent. ...The Raptors are 6-11 against the Cavs.