Published: Mon, December 18, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Vince Carter says return to Toronto Raptors 'supposed to happen'

Vince Carter says return to Toronto Raptors 'supposed to happen'

Upon heading to the bench, Carter received a loud ovation from many on hand at Air Canada Centre.

Raptors forward Serge Ibaka was not available (left knee), but C.J. Miles returned after missing Friday's game because of a sore left shoulder.

Thirteen years to the day since he was traded from the Raptors to the Nets, future Hall of Famer Vince Carter played what could have been his final game north of the border as his current team, the Kings, lost to Toronto on Sunday.

The veteran of 20 National Basketball Association seasons is a bit player for the young and struggling Sacramento squad.

The Raptors, who snapped an eight-game losing streak in Sacramento with a 102-87 road win last Sunday, swept the Kings for the first time since 2014-15.

He got hardy applause - and no boos - when he was introduced and each time he entered the game.

Carter scored just four points in 25 minutes for Sacramento, going 2-of-5 from the field while adding three blocks, two assists, a rebound and a steal. Any resentment Toronto fans once felt toward him has abated in recent years, particularly since the Raptors gave him a video tribute, which brought him to tears, in the club's 20th season.


Carter said he's still waffling on retirement. "I just enjoy playing, I enjoy being around the guys in this atmosphere".

"Nothing changes. I still love being here, whether it's 10, 12 years ago, or today", he said. "It's near and dear to me every time I walk in here". As expected, the Raptors won the game.

Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic and George Hill were all rolling for the league's lowest-scoring team. On Sunday, it was Toronto's second unit which made a big difference, led by Norman Powell (14 points) and Jakob Poeltl (nine points).

Sacramento scored 14 points in the third quarter, making five of 18 shots, then followed up with 16 points in the fourth.

Miles finished with 10 points, and O.G. Anunoby had 11.

Bogdanovic was the only Sacramento reserve to score in double figures. But the first-half defence concerned him. Is is 11-4 against Western Conference opponents.

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