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Raptors fly higher than Hawks

ATLANTA — Vince Carter scored a season-high 43 points, the 11th 40-point game of his career and his first in nearly a year, as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Atlanta Hawks 107-98 Satuday night.

Voshon Lenard added 23 for Toronto, while Antonio Davis added 13 and Alvin Williams 10.

Glenn Robinson led Atlanta with 29, while Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored 22 and Theo Ratliff had a season-high 20.

Carter finished 16-of-24 from the field, including 5-of-8 on 3-pointers, to set a Philips Arena scoring record for an opponent. It was his first 40-point game since a 43-point outing at Houston on March 5, 2002. His career high is 51 against Phoenix on Jan. 27, 2000.

GRIZZLIES 115, CAVALIERS 89: In Cleveland Pau Gasol scored 27 points, Mike Miller added 21 and the Memphis Grizzlies rolled to their most lopsided win this season.

Memphis came within one point of the most lopsided win in the franchise's eight-year history.

NUGGETS 98, HEAT 92: In Miami, rookie Junior Harrington scored a career-high 19 points and Nene Hilario added 16 as the Denver Nuggets snapped a 14-game losing streak.

The Nuggets also ended a 16-game road losing streak dating back to Jan. 3 with the franchise's first victory in Miami since 1994.

ROCKETS 83, NETS 71: In Houston, Cuttino Mobley scored 18 points and Steve Francis had 17 as the Houston Rockets took advantage of a record-low first half by the New Jersey Nets.

The Nets lost for the fourth straight time and for the seventh time in eight games.

CLIPPERS 103, BULLS 97: In Chicago, the Los Angeles Clippers ended an eight-game skid — their longest losing streak of the season — and gave Dennis Johnson his first victory as their head coach.

Corey Maggette scored 25 points and Quentin Richardson added 21.

BUCKS 138, WARRIORS 133, OT: In Milwaukee, Sam Cassell made five free throws in the final 18 seconds of overtime after Gary Payton made a 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left to force overtime.

Payton scored 28 points, his most since joining Milwaukee nine games ago. Cassell finished with 28 points and 13 assists.

The Bucks rallied from a 16-point deficit in the final 9:38 of regulation.

Antawn Jamison led Golden State with 40 points. Gilbert Arenas scored 30 points and Troy Murphy had a career-high 22 rebounds.

TRAIL BLAZERS 94, PACERS 80: In Portland, Ore., Rasheed Wallace had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers easily defeated struggling Indiana.

The Pacers have won just one of their last 10 games and have lost eight straight on the road — but they're still atop the Central Division with Detroit.

Pacers forward Ron Artest was called for a flagrant foul on Bonzi Wells early in the second quarter. If the NBA upholds the foul, Artest — who went into the game with five flagrant foul points — will be suspended for Sunday night's game against the Sacramento Kings.

Jermaine O'Neal led Indiana with 25 points.