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Carter Does It Again (and Again) in Toronto

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The Nets won another instant classic at the Air Canada Centre Friday night, and Vince Carter was once again (actually, twice again) the last second hero. Toronto scored 61 points in the first half and led by 18 early in the third when the Nets picked up the intensity. Devin Harris left the game early in the third with an upset stomach, but returned later in the period and led the charge as the Nets eventually tied the game midway through the fourth. They had two chances to take the lead, but couldn't do it and the Raptors took back control with a 7-0 run. Then Carter came back to life to lead another Nets comeback, scoring 12 points in the last 44 seconds of regulation, including a contested three pointer with 0.5 seconds on the clock to send the game to overtime. Jarvis Hayes hit a three to tie the game again with 1:22 to go in OT and also picked up two big steals in the extra period, while Devin Harris hit a jumper to give the Nets the lead. An Anthony Parker three tied it again with 2.1 on the clock, but on the ensuing inbounds, Bobby Simmons threw an alley-oop to Carter for a reverse dunk to win the game. Carter led the Nets with 39 points, nine boards and six assists, Harris added 30 points, and Hayes and Brook Lopez added 14 apiece. Chris Bosh led all scorers with 42 and Toronto outscored the Nets 32-16 at the foul line, but the Nets turned the ball over just seven times.