Sunday , Nov , 23 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

New Jersey Nets Team Report – November 23

=== New Jersey Nets Team Report – November 23 ===

(Sports Network) – New Jersey lost on Saturday to Toronto when Morris
Peterson’s free throw with 8/10ths of a second remaining in the fourth quarter
lifted the Raptors past the Nets, 81-80, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Kenyon Martin paced New Jersey with 26 points and seven rebounds. Alonzo
Mourning contributed 15 points for the Nets, who have dropped two in a row.

New Jersey played without guard Jason Kidd, who is bothered a sore knee. Kidd
underwent an MRI exam earlier this week and the results were negative. By
sitting Saturday, Kidd will have a week between games. The Nets last played on
Tuesday against New Orleans and won’t play again until the start of a five-
game western trip next Tuesday at Seattle.

Lamond Murray’s jumper with 9 1/2 minutes left in the fourth quarter staked
Toronto to a 74-60 advantage.

The Nets then stormed back and evened the contest at 76-76 with 1:59
remaining. Martin had eight points and Mourning added five during the 16-2
burst.

The Raptors went a stretch of 5 1/2 minutes without a point, before Vince
Carter nailed a jumper from the corner with 58 seconds left to give Toronto a
78-76 lead.

Kerry Kittles then tied the contest for New Jersey with a bucket, but Carter
answered to again put the Raptors ahead by two at 80-78.

On New Jersey’s next possession, Martin missed a shot, but the Nets got the
offensive rebound. Kittles then sank a jumper to knot the score at 80-80 with
14.1 seconds remaining.

Carter was then tied up by Martin for a jump ball with three seconds left. On
the tap, Peterson picked up the loose ball and was fouled by Kittles in the
act of shooting with 8/10ths of a second left.

Peterson hit the first free throw, but missed the second attempt. New Jersey
was left with only 5/10ths of a second and was unable to get off a shot
following a timeout.

NJ