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Carter Answers Boos With 39

Associated Press
Saturday, April 16, 2005; Page D10

Vince Carter thrived in front of his former fans.

Carter ignored the boos and scored 39 points in his first game in Toronto since being traded, and the New Jersey Nets kept their playoff hopes alive by coming back from a 14-point halftime deficit for a 101-90 victory over the Raptors last night.


New Jersey's Vince Carter squares up over Jalen Rose. Carter was 15 for 26 shooting with 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Raptors fans were unimpressed. (Peter Jones -- Reuters)

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Fans booed Carter from the moment stepped on the court, heckled him during the U.S. national anthem and jeered every time he touched the ball.

"When they go home tonight they have something to think about," Carter said.

CELTICS 101, HEAT 99: The game in Boston was on the line and Paul Pierce was left alone to shoot. That left Miami Coach Stan Van Gundy angry at his slumping team.

Pierce hit the 20-footer with nine seconds left, then the Celtics made a strong defensive stand and plunged the Heat deeper into their worst stretch of the season.

"We weren't anywhere near Paul Pierce off the pick and roll on the last," Van Gundy said. "That, to me, is unfathomable."

The victory was the Celtics' third straight and fifth in six games.

TIMBERWOLVES 100, JAZZ 84: Kevin Garnett had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Minnesota stayed alive in the Western Conference playoff race with a win in Salt Lake City.

Wally Szczerbiak had 17 points and eight rebounds and Fred Hoiberg scored 14 in reserve roles for Minnesota. Keith McLeod scored a career high 20 points for Utah.

The Wolves fell behind by 10 early and overcame a few verbal spats among themselves to beat the Jazz for the third time in four games this season.

• BULLS 117, MAGIC 77: In Chicago, rookies Ben Gordon and Andres Nocioni each scored 17 points to lead the Bulls over Orlando. The Bulls, who ended their two-game losing streak, have won 13 of their last 16 games.

The Bulls led the entire game and made quick work of the Magic. Chicago led 24-11 after one quarter as Duhon scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

76ERS90, PACERS 86: Allen Iverson finished with 43 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds to lead Philadelphia in Indianapolis and give the 76ers sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings.


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