When Their Players Get Well, So Do the Raptors

From Associated Press

In an in-and-out Thursday night in Toronto, five Damon Stoudamire three-point shots went in, but most of the fans stayed out, missing the Raptors' 110-96 victory over the Utah Jazz.

Marcus Camby managed to go in and come out.

Stoudamire made two three-point baskets in the final 2:38 and scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter for Toronto, which ended a four-game losing streak. Then he sent out a message that help had finally arrived.

"Having Walt [Williams] and Doug Christie spotting up, and having Marcus back really helped," Stoudamire said. "It showed that when we're healthy, we're a pretty good team."

Williams and Camby had been on the disabled list because of ankle injuries. Williams scored 17 points and made two free throws with 4:46 to play to give Toronto a 94-92 lead it held.

Camby scored eight points but played only 20 minutes because he opened a gash on his shooting hand when he hit the rim while blocking a shot. He required eight stitches and is listed as day-to-day.

With a blizzard dumping almost a foot of snow on Toronto, only 12,410, smallest crowd in club history, made it to the SkyDome.

Atlanta 97, Orlando 92--Steve Smith scored 27 points and the Hawks made four free throws in the final nine seconds of overtime to win at Orlando.

It was the second overtime victory in three nights for Atlanta, which held Penny Hardaway to nine points on three-for-15 shooting.

Minnesota 110, New Jersey 107--Stephon Marbury fouled out with seven minutes to play, but scored 22 points and added 11 assists for the Timberwolves in a victory at East Rutherford, N.J.

Tom Gugliotta had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which won for the third time in a row on the road. The Timberwolves have won seven of nine games for their best nine-game stretch since joining the league in 1989-90.

Golden State 102, Vancouver 86--B.J. Armstrong, making only his second start this season, scored 13 of his 15 points in the third quarter for the Warriors, who won in Vancouver.

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