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NBA TORONTO AT UTAH
HIGH SCORERS AFTER 1ST QUARTER
TOR - VINCE CARTER 14, HAKEEM OLAJUWON 7, MORRIS PETERSON 6 UTH - KARL MALONE 11, DONYELL MARSHALL 4, JOHN STOCKTON 4 9:39PM ET
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TORONTO 117, UTAH 96 --------------------
SALT LAKE CITY (Ticker) -- Vince Carter scored a season-high 43 points and Morris Peterson added 26 as the Toronto Raptors pulled away in the third quarter for their fourth straight victory, 117-96 over the Utah Jazz.
Carter was 14-of-32 from the floor and Peterson shot 10-of-12. The duo also fared well from the perimeter as Toronto tied a franchise record with 15 3-pointers.
Carter was 8-of-14 from 3-point range and Peterson was 5-of-7.
It was the second straight game the Raptors shot well from the arc. They were 10-of-21 in Wednesday's win over Golden State as Carter made six.
The Raptors held a 54-53 halftime lead and outscored the Jazz 34-18 in the third quarter. They put away the game with a 24-2 run that carried into the final period.
Prior to Toronto's run, the lead changed hands four times and there were three ties as the teams traded baskets.
Carter had nine points during the run, making several open jumpers. Utah coach Jerry Sloan used Bryon Russell, Quincy Lewis and John Starks on the All-Star but it did not matter as Carter led Toronto in scoring for the sixth time in as many games.
"The third quarter, we stepped up," Toronto coach Lenny Wilkens said. "Some calls didn't go our way (and) rather than drag our heads we took a timeout. We regrouped, came out and started to play our game. I can't say enough about Morris Peterson and Vince."
"I just started feeling good and I thought after a while that every shot could go in even though they weren't," Carter said. "I just felt once I missed a couple, I just had to take my time."
The Jazz shot nearly 48 percent (33-of-69) overall but went nearly four minutes without a basket and committed five of their 25 turnovers during that stretch.
John Crotty's 3-pointer ended the drought at the 2:03 mark, making it 80-71. That was the last time Utah was within 10 points as Toronto reeled off 14 in a row for a 94-71 lead with 9:34 to play.
"They were terrific," Jazz guard John Stockton said. "They started out really shooting the ball and played with a lot of confidence and we couldn't really stir that at all.
"There's a reason why they get hot. Our defense definitely has to improve. It's not there and that's a group thing. It might have been Vince Carter tonight but it's been somebody else on other nights and we need to be tougher. I think it starts at the defensive end because you can't allow teams to get into a flow like they got into tonight because you can see it's tough to stop.
Carter made Toronto's 15th and last 3-pointer to complete the 14-0 surge. It tied the record set at San Antonio on February 15, 1997.
Donyell Marshall scored 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting for the Jazz, who fell to 1-3 at home. Sloan was ejected with 5:07 to play after arguing with referee Mark Wunderlich.
"We don't seem to have our mind on playing basketball because more of the turnovers we made were unforced turnovers," Sloan said. "We have a lot of work to do. Now is the time that we'll either step up or lay down. That's the nature of this business. It's been this way for years and it won't change." 1:45AM ET
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