Raptors doubling up

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

The Raptors were churning out double-doubles at a rapid pace during their most recent game.

Three Raptors -- Charlie Villanueva (25 points, 10 rebounds), Chris Bosh (22 points, 12 rebounds) and Mike James (19 points, 10 assists) -- recorded double-doubles Friday in a 99-97 win over the Indiana Pacers, marking the first time three Toronto players have done that in a game since March 11,

For James, the double-double was just the second of his career. His other came last year as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks against the Los Angeles Lakers.

HOME FOR A REST

The schedule worked out perfectly for Raptors coach Sam Mitchell.

With the Raptors facing the Atlanta Hawks in Georgia tomorrow night and the team off practice yesterday, Mitchell returned to his home in an Atlanta suburb yesterday to see his family.

PENNY WANTS ACTION

The long-rumoured Raptors-New York Knicks trade -- which would see Jalen Rose and a first-round pick go to the New York Knicks for Penny Hardaway pears to be attractive for the Raptors because Hardaway's rich contract expires after this season.

But the healthy, inactive-list regular feels he can contribute on a team that gives him a chance.

"I don't want to go out like this," Hardaway told the Orlando Sentinel. "This is not how I want to finish, not how I want to be remembered. I'll find a team that wants me. I've got a couple of years left in me."

CARTER CRAVES BREAK

Ex-Raptors quitter Vince Carter is on fire with the New Jersey Nets, but his feelings will not be hurt if the fans do not vote him into the all-star game.

Carter, once a lock to be voted in, is third among East guards in voting. He said he'll be happy to spend some time in Florida if he is not selected for the all-star game.

"I wouldn't mind it," Carter told the Bergen Record. "I really (would) enjoy the days off because I've never been in that position before. There's been a couple of all-star games where I was like, 'Man, I wish I could be in Florida."


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