Tuesday , Mar , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

New Jersey Nets Team Report – March 22

=== New Jersey Nets Team Report – March 22 ===

(Sports Network) – The playoff hopeful New Jersey Nets take aim at their
season-high fifth consecutive victory this evening, when they begin a three-
game homestand against the Indiana Pacers at Continental Airlines Arena.

Just three games separate 10th place New Jersey and Indiana, which is
currently seventh in the East. The Nets are only 1 1/2 games behind
Philadelphia for the eighth seed, while the Pacers are just one contest back
of sixth place Chicago.

New Jersey has won eight of its last 12 games, including a 94-85 victory over
these Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse on Sunday. Vince Carter poured in a game-
high 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to spur the Nets to the win.

Nenad Krstic added 18 off the bench and Jason Kidd posted a double-double with
14 points and 12 boards for the sudden surging Nets. New Jersey shot 44
percent in the contest, including 5-of-13 (.385) from beyond the arc.

The Nets outrebounded the Pacers, 42-34, while forcing 16 turnovers which led
to 17 points. New Jersey also outscored Indiana, 25-16, at the free throw

New Jersey won four of six and six of its last nine home games to improve to
18-14 within its friendly confines this season.

The road team has won both meetings between these teams this season. Indiana
has won five of the last seven meetings, including its last three trips to New
Jersey. Nonetheless, Indiana has lost seven of 12 and 11 of its last 18 at New

Following tonight’s contest, New Jersey will have a day off before hosting
Memphis on Thursday. The Nets will finish up their week versus Minnesota at
home on Saturday.