Originally created 02/09/00

Behind Carter, Raptors get rare win over Hawks



TORONTO -- Vince Carter scored 36 points, one day after cutting open the middle finger of his left hand, and led the Toronto Raptors over Atlanta 109-88 Tuesday night for just their second win in 18 games against the Hawks.

Carter, the leading vote-getter for this weekend's All-Star game, hurt the finger while lifting weights Monday. He needed three stitches to close a half-inch cut and played with a Band-Aid.

He scored 20 points in the first half as Toronto took a 54-48 lead, converting a three-point play after a low blow while attempting to dunk over LaPhonso Ellis in the second quarter.

Toronto began the third quarter on a 19-4 run as Carter scored 10 points, including a 3-pointer that made it 73-52. Carter scored 14 points as Toronto outscored Atlanta 31-14 in the quarter.

Dikembe Mutombo led Atlanta with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Isaiah Rider, who sat out the final five minutes of Atlanta's win over Cleveland on Saturday, was benched for the entire fourth quarter. Rider, who scored just 12 points on 5-for-13 shooting, sat alone along the baseline with a towel over his head.

The Raptors had lost their previous eight home games against Atlanta. Their only previous win against the Hawks came at Atlanta on March 4, 1999.

Spurs -- 79
SuperSonics -- 77

SAN ANTONIO -- David Robinson's dunk with 27.8 seconds remaining capped a game-ending 8-point run that led the San Antonio Spurs over the Seattle SuperSonics.

After Robinson missed two free throws with 9.7 seconds left, Seattle had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Gary Payton missed an off-balance jumper as time expired.

Duncan had 22 points for San Antonio, while Robinson added 19 points and 11 rebounds. Vin Baker led Seattle with 18 points, while Payton scored 17.

Suns -- 94
Grizzlies -- 76

PHOENIX -- Luc Longley, criticized last week by team owner Jerry Colangelo, scored a season-high 20 points as the Phoenix Suns beat the Vancouver Grizzlies for the ninth consecutive time.

Penny Hardaway added 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds as the Suns improved to 20-5 at home.

Longley, accused last week by Colangelo of not playing up to the big contract he signed with the Suns before last season, scored 14 in the first half. He finished 9-for-14 from the field with six rebounds, coming within four points of his career high.