Tuesday , Feb , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Kidd and Carter terrific in New Jersey’s victory

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored a season-high 43
points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Jason Kidd posted a triple-double with 22
points, 16 assists and 11 boards to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 107-97
overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Meadowlands.

“He (Carter) was amazing, he did everything,” said Kidd, who posted his 62nd
career triple-double.

Carter ended 14-of-32 from the field, including 7-of-16 from three-point
range, and became the 41st NBA player to reach 10,000 points.

Ron Mercer contributed a season-high 14 points, including six in overtime, for
the Nets. New Jersey finished 12-of-32 from beyond the arc and set a team
record for attempts from three-point range.

Carter, who had 41 points in Saturday’s victory over Detroit, became the first
Nets player to post back-to-back 40-plus points since John Williamson did it
during the 1978 season.

“It wasn’t only Kidd and Carter, but Ron Mercer broke our backs with outside
jump shots,” said Sixers coach Jim O’Brien.

Willie Green scored a season-high 28 points for Philadelphia, which lost for
just the second time in six games. The Sixers were without Allen Iverson, the
NBA’s leading scorer, because of the flu. Iverson, who recently missed three
games with a sprained left shoulder, is averaging 28.8 points per game.

The Sixers are just 1-5 without Iverson this season.

Green scored the first basket in overtime, but the Nets answered with nine
straight points to pull away for the win. Carter hit a three-pointer to give
the Nets the lead for good and Mercer scored four points in the decisive run.

The Sixers led 80-73 after three quarters, but New Jersey stayed within
striking distance and was behind by four with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Carter
then banked in a shot to cut the Philadelphia lead to two, 92-90, with 2:22 to
go.

After a made free throw by Philadelphia’s Corliss Williamson, Carter was
fouled as he drove inside for a basket and completed the three-point play to
tie the game at 93-93 with 1:05 left.

Carter had a chance to give the Nets the lead, but his shot from the lane was
blocked by Andre Iguodala. The Sixers had the final possession, but Green’s
jumper was off the mark as the fourth quarter ended.

Philadelphia trailed by seven at halftime, but used a big third quarter to
regain the lead. Kyle Korver’s third three-pointer of the period cut the New
Jersey lead to 61-60 with 7:54 left in the frame and Green scored later in the
quarter to give the Sixers the lead, 66-65, with five minutes left. A three-
pointer by Green helped build the lead to seven heading into the fourth
quarter.

New Jersey erased a one-point deficit with nine straight points to start the
second quarter. Kidd and Carter each hit from three-point range during the run
to give the Nets a 34-26 advantage and the hosts held on to lead 54-47 at the
break.

New Jersey trailed, 26-25, after a first quarter that saw the lead change six
times.

NJN PHI