Michael Jordan showed Vince Carter that it's not how you start, it's how you finish. Jordan's Washington Wizards held Carter scoreless in the second half and pulled away for their sixth straight victory, a 93-88 triumph over the Toronto Raptors.
The first meeting between North Carolina alumni "Air Jordan" and "Air Canada" began with Carter exploding for 19 points in the first quarter and the Raptors bolting to a 19-point lead.
But Carter went cold after halftime and picked up his fifth foul in the third quarter. By that time, the Wizards had rallied to take the lead behind Jordan, who made four straight shots in the period.
Carter returned with 10:24 to play but was tentative and did not score again. He was 0-of-4 from the field in the second half and finished with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting.
Jordan made just 8-of-21 shots and scored 21 points. As he has during the winning streak, he showed increasing trust in his teammates, who are improving around him.
Richard Hamilton scored 27 points for the Wizards, who have won six in a row for the first time since December 15-26, 1997. Alvin Williams had 17 points and Morris Peterson chipped in with 16 for the Raptors.
Antonio Davis, playing his first game since missing five with a sore knee, had 12 points and 14 rebounds.
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