Friday , Feb , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Injury-plagued Raptors host sizzling Nets

=== Injury-plagued Raptors host sizzling Nets ===

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets attempt to win a franchise-
record 12th straight game tonight as they visit the Toronto Raptors at Air
Canada Centre.

This is the third meeting of the season between the two teams. The Raptors
have won both contests, winning once at home and once at Continental Airlines
Arena.

On Wednesday, Jason Kidd posted his 58th career triple-double with 15 points,
13 rebounds and 10 assists, as the Nets and head coach Lawrence Frank extended
their respective winning streaks with a 98-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks
in front of their home crowd.

Frank set an NBA record for the best start by a coach with his 10th-straight
victory since replacing Byron Scott behind the bench last month. The Nets have
won 11 straight overall, which tied franchise record set by the 1982-83 squad
from December 23, 1982 to January 12, 1983. The Nets had won each of the
previous 10 by double-digit margins.

Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 24 points, while Kenyon Martin netted 21
and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win.

New Jersey is 9-3 in Friday games this season.

The Nets, who have won five straight on the road, are 14-12 as the visitor
this season.

The Raptors are expected to be without forward Vince Carter tonight. The North
Carolina product will miss two to four weeks because of a sprained left ankle.

The All-Star Carter was injured in Wednesday’s 86-82 loss to the Spurs.
Toronto rookie center Chris Bosh was also hurt against San Antonio. Bosh re-
sprained an ankle that caused him to miss three games earlier this month.

Carter paced the Raptors with 22 points in the loss, while Alvin Williams
netted 19 for Toronto, which has dropped three straight overall and five of
its last seven home games. Donyell Marshall had a solid game with 18 points
and 11 boards in the setback.

Marshall has scored in double digits in 19 straight games. He is averaging
17.3 points and 15.8 rebounds in his last four contests. On Tuesday, Marshall
pulled down a career-high 24 rebounds in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Toronto, which has lost four of five and five of its last seven as the host,
is 14-11 at home this season.

The home team has won 11 of the last 14 contests in this series.

NJ TOR