Yeah, yeah…Vince was good and the Raptors are back to being brutal after one night of glory earlier this week. Carter scored 11 of his 17 points in the first quarter last night, helping Phoenix jump to a 21-point lead in a game it won easily, 110-92. VC sat the entire fourth quarter, doing his work in just 30 minutes but still managing six steals, which was one off his career-high.
Toronto strung together arguably the worst 12-minute stretch in NBA history last night, falling behind 35-14 after one. The closest it got was within 12 early in the third quarter, but a Suns timeout was enough to turn things around, stretch the score back out and ensure the Raptors never had a shot. Steve Nash had 11 assists, Marcin Gortat matched Carter with 17 off the bench and Channing Frye nailed three triples en route to 16 points. Andrea Bargnani had 26 points on 12-of-15 for Toronto, but again grabbed just four boards and failed to clog the middle, giving Carter a season’s worth of alley-oops and drives in the opening quarter alone.
So yeah, I was off with my call of Carter being done. Well, at least he’s got something left in the tank for the ACC faithful. But what does that say about a guy when he’s only willing to turn it on when he’s facing a building packed with people that hate his guts? I guess we already knew all that about Vince anyway, though.
The loss drops Toronto to 16-43, including an 11-19 mark at home. Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs are in next, with a tip scheduled for six on Sunday.