Raptors beat Carter and Nets
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Jalen Rose scored a game-high 30 points
to lead five other players in double-figures as Toronto earned a rare road win
by defeating New Jersey, 100-82, at the Continental Airlines Arena.
Chris Bosh collected 16 points and 12 rebounds while Milt Palacio netted 13
for the Raptors, who won for just the fourth time in their last 12 games.
Rafer Alston and Donyell Marshall each chipped in 11 points, while Morris
Peterson contributed 10 for Toronto, which captured just its fifth road win of
Vince Carter, who faced his former team for the first time since being dealt
in mid-December, struggled on the night. The All-Star forward scored 22 points
on just 8-of-25 shooting, including 0-for-3 from beyond the arc for the Nets,
who started the second half of the season on a down note.
“I think we could’ve played better,” said Carter. “We’ve played better.”
Carter added seven boards and four assists, but never seemed to find his
rhythm. Jason Kidd contributed 20 points and eight assists as New Jersey has
now dropped four of six.
“It’s easy to say its one game, but we only have 28 games left,” said Kidd.
“If this is the way we’re going to play and go out there to get our stats,
I’ll sit there and watch the young guys. There’s no need to waste our energy
if everybody is not going to show up.”
Carter was sent from Toronto to New Jersey on December 17 in exchange for
center Alonzo Mourning, center-forward Aaron Williams, forward Eric Williams
and two first-round draft picks. Mourning has since been bought out of his
contract, while neither Aaron nor Eric Williams has made much impact on the
Raptors. Meanwhile, Carter has sparked a resurgence for the Nets.
Entering the game, Carter was registering 26.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.0
assists per contest since the trade to the Nets.
After both teams headed into the locker room with the score tied, 43-43,
Toronto would take control of the contest in the third quarter. With the score
knotted up at 52, Toronto gained the lead for good in the frame.
Peterson’s jumper ignited a 13-5 burst and Rafael Araujo’s layup capped it,
giving the Raptors a comfortable 65-57 cushion with less than six minutes
remaining in the quarter.
Toronto would then head into the fourth with a 71-64 advantage and cruise from
there. Marshall’s trey would push the advantage to 15, 79-64, with less than
eight minutes to go. The Raptors continued to pour it on as the margin grew as
high as 19, 95-76, on Palacio’s three-point play at the 2:51 mark of the game.
The home team raced out to a 19-11 lead, but the Raptors answered with a quick
8-0 surge to pull even. Peterson’s jumper capped the spurt, making it 19-19
late in the opening quarter. New Jersey would then lead 21-19 after 12 minutes
Trailing 32-31 in the second, Toronto used a 12-3 spurt to take an eight-point
lead. Bosh’s two free throws ended the run, staking the Raptors to a 43-35
lead with less than three minutes in the first half.
New Jersey, though, closed the stanza on a 8-0 spurt, capped by Ron Mercer’s
layup as time expired in the half, knotting the game at 43 as both teams
headed into the locker room.
Carter paced the Nets with nine points, while Rose led all players with 13
points at the break.
“I’m sure he (Carter) was a little tired from the All-Star weekend,” said
Rose. “While he was throwing himself dunks off the backboard, I was drinking
fruity drinks on the beach, so I was a little more rested.”