Originally created 04/17/99

Cavaliers edge Raptors in OT win



TORONTO -- Shawn Kemp kept the Toronto Raptors stuck in a horrendous slump, but several Raptors felt the referees acted like Cleveland's sixth man.

Kemp scored 23 points to lead the Cavaliers a 91-90 overtime win Friday night after Doug Christie missed a last-second layup. The Raptors wanted a foul called on the last play, but there was no whistle.

"The refs killed us tonight and I don't say that often," said Dee Brown, who had a couple run-ins with official Bill Kennedy. "This is the time of year it's going to get more physical and when you're at home you should get some more calls."

Down by one with 8.6 seconds remaining in overtime, Vince Carter picked off an errant pass and fed Christie for the potential game-ending layup.

"I got a piece of the ball, but he still had control," said Mitchell Butler. "The horn sounded and we got out of there ... I was really nervous at that point when the whistle didn't go."

The Raptors, who looked stunned after the buzzer, also received three technical fouls during the game.

"There were questionable calls," said Kevin Willis, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds. "But they've got the whistle so you can't get too concerned how they call the game."

After winning a franchise-high six straight games, the Raptors have lost a season-high six straight to slide further out of the playoff race.

Cleveland, which won its third straight, blew a chance to win it in regulation when Brevin Knight missed a layup with 3.6 seconds left.

Kemp led the Cavs in scoring for the eighth straight game and added 10 rebounds. Andrew DeClercq also had 10 rebounds while Mitchell Butler had 14 points off the bench. Knight had 11 assists.

"We're going to have to play this type of game each night," said Cavalier coach Mike Fratello. "We have no easy games left."

Cleveland plays only one team, Washington, down the stretch that is out of the playoff picture.

Christie led Toronto with 22 points.

Carter, who was slowed by the flu, had 17 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. John Wallace, also off the bench, had 16 points.

The Cavs opened up a 53-44 lead early in the third quarter on the heels of a 17-8 run and led for most of the game, but Brown closed the gap to 85-84 on a 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Kemp threw up an airball with 29.2 seconds left, and Cedric Henderson fouled out going for the loose ball.

Carter went to the line and made one of two to tie the game. He then just missed winning the game on an almost impossible layup off Charles Oakley's last-second throw in.

"It's that time of season," said Kemp, whose club moved into a seventh-place tie with Philadelphia. "We've challenged ourselves to move up a spot and try to get into the playoffs."