Carter earns rapt attention
Vince Carter gave Toronto fans a brand-new reason to boo him.
Jeered every time he touched the ball, Carter scored 39 points against his former team - including the winning points in overtime - as New Jersey rallied from an 18-point, third-quarter deficit to beat Toronto, 129-127, last night.
Carter sent the game to overtime by draining a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining in regulation, capping a stretch in which he scored 12 consecutive points for the Nets.
Anthony Parker returned the favor, nailing a turnaround 3-pointer from the corner with 2.9 seconds left in the extra session to tie it at 127, but Carter won it with a reverse dunk on Bobby Simmons's inbounds pass with 2.1 seconds left.
Teammate Devin Harris, who scored 30 points, called Carter's performance "incredible."
"I was out there watching it just like everybody else,"' Harris said.
Chris Bosh scored 42 and Andrea Bargnani added a career-high 29 points and had 10 rebounds for Toronto.
76ers 89, Clippers 88 - Elton Brand hit a 15-footer with 57 seconds left in his first game against his old team, leading host Philadelphia over Los Angeles.
Los Angeles wasted a 6-point lead with 2:50 left in the game. Andre Iguodala converted a 3-point play and Andre Miller hit a 3-pointer to get the Sixers within 1. Then Brand nailed the winner.
Bucks 104, Knicks 87 - Charlie Villanueva tied a season high with 20 points in his return from injury as host Milwaukee beat shorthanded New York.
The Knicks dressed the league-minimum eight players after trading away three players in a pair of deals. But despite being so shorthanded, the Knicks still didn't play Stephon Marbury; coach Mike D'Antoni said he told Marbury before the game there would be minutes available if he wanted them, but Marbury declined.
Magic 100, Pacers 98 - Dwight Howard had 24 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 blocks, as Orlando won in Indiana in overtime. Howard blocked a potential winning shot at the end of regulation, then altered what would have been a tying shot in the closing seconds of overtime.
Rashard Lewis scored 23 points for the Magic and made what turned out to be the winning basket with 23 seconds left.
Hornets 105, Thunder 80 - David West scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 17 as New Orleans beat Oklahoma City in a homecoming of sorts: The Hornets spent two seasons playing at the Ford Center after Hurricane Katrina displaced them in August 2005.
Mavericks 91, Grizzlies 76 - Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Jason Kidd contributed 18 points and 13 boards as Dallas beat Memphis for its first home victory.
Hawks 88, Bobcats 83 - Joe Johnson scored 30 points, Marvin Williams added 22, and host Atlanta pulled away from Charlotte in the closing minutes for a sloppy victory.
Bulls 115, Warriors 110 - Larry Hughes made five 3-pointers and finished with 26 points and rookie Derrick Rose scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half as visiting Chicago dropped Golden State.
Lakers 104, Nuggets 90 - Kobe Bryant scored 11 of his 29 points in the third quarter and Andrew Bynum had 13 points and 13 rebounds as Los Angeles beat visiting Denver.
Rockets 103, Wizards 91 - Tracy McGrady scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Houston won in Washington.
Spurs 119, Jazz 94 - Roger Mason scored 29 points and host San Antonio made 15 of 25 3-pointers to beat Utah.
Trail Blazers 117, Kings 94 - Steve Blake made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points as Portland won in Sacramento.