TORONTO, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The Toronto Raptors scored the game's first 11 points and never trailed Sunday and Vince Carter collected 30 points, including three highlight-reel alley-oop dunks, in handing the Philadelphia 76ers their first loss of the season with Allen Iverson in the lineup, 107-88.
In a rematch of last season's dramatic Eastern Conference semifinal series--won by the 76ers in seven games when Carter missed a shot that would have given Toronto the victory--the Raptors outplayed Philadelphia from start to finish.
Carter got a bit of personal redemption. Criticized for attending his college graduation at North Carolina on the day of last season's Game Seven, Carter highlighted the early 11-0 burst with a 3-pointer.
Then in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, he took feeds from Dell Curry and Alvin Williams to throw down thunderous dunks that enthused the crowed at the Air Canada Centre while demoralizing the visitors.
Curry also scored 18 points and Keon Clark had a strong game off the bench with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who avoided their third straight home loss while winning their second straight overall.
The 76ers were led by Aaron McKie, who had 23 points. Reigning league MVP Iverson finished with just 18 on 7-of-24 shooting.
Iverson missed the season's first five games because of a nagging elbow injury and Philadelphia went 0-5. However, until Sunday, the 76ers had been perfect with their star on the floor, reeling off seven consecutive victories.