New Jersey Nets Team Report – February 8
=== New Jersey Nets Team Report – February 8 ===
(Sports Network) – The Nets’ recent string of success continued with a 107-97
overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at Continental Airlines Arena on
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 in
the winning effort.
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.
Carter, once again an All-Star starter for the East, has turned the page quite
nicely since joining the Nets via trade, as he has tallied 25.6 points, six
rebounds and five assists per contest. The UNC product had been posting just
15.8 points per game for the Raptors.
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.
New Jersey has won five straight at home to improve to 12-9 in its friendly
confines. The Nets are now 21-27 on the year and just three games behind first
place Boston in the Atlantic Division.
The Nets, who are in the midst of a five-game homestand, continue their slate
on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Lakers. New Jersey still has contests at
home against San Antonio (Friday) and Denver (Sunday) remaining this week.