Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New Jersey Nets Team Report – December 12

=== New Jersey Nets Team Report – December 12 ===

(Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson and Travis Best each scored 21 points to
lead New Jersey to a 95-90 win over Atlanta at Philips Arena.

Jefferson, who also hauled in eight rebounds, came alive in the fourth as he
scored 14 points in the final period for the Nets, who have won four of their
last five games. Eric Williams chipped in 20 points in the win.

New Jersey led 64-60 after three quarters and quickly extended the margin to
nine on Nenad Krstic’s basket with around nine minutes left. The lead grew to
10 points moments later, but Boris Diaw’s three-pointer with 4:45 left trimmed
the gap to 81-74.

Antoine Walker’s basket with 2:40 remaining brought Atlanta within 86-80 and
the Hawks were able to close the margin to 90-86 on Tony Delk’s basket with 37
seconds left. Delk had a chance for a three-point play, but missed badly on
the free throw as the guard nearly airballed the shot.

Jason Kidd then drained two foul shots to make it a six-point game, but Walker
quickly countered with a layup. Kidd was again fouled and the All-Star calmly
knocked both in to make it 94-88 with 27.8 seconds left.

Josh Smith’s putback again brought the Hawks within four, and Kidd then made
1-of-2 from the charity stripe to give the Nets a 95-90 lead with 16.9 seconds
remaining in the game. Diaw then missed a last-second three-point try to ruin
any hopes of an Atlanta comeback.

Alonzo Mourning continued to sit out nursing numerous injuries and there is
not timetable for his return.

The Nets return to action on Tuesday when they host the New York Knicks.

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