Nets try for special win vs. Pistons
(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets shoot for their 1,000th win in
franchise history this evening when they start a brief two-game homestand
against the Detroit Pistons at Continental Airlines Arena.
Since entering the NBA in 1976-77, the Nets have posted a 999-1361 mark.
On Monday, Vince Carter scored 25 points and Richard Jefferson netted 24 to
propel New Jersey to a 101-92 victory over Denver at the Pepsi Center.
Jason Kidd compiled 13 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who led from
start-to-finish and were up by as many as 22 points in the first half.
New Jersey wrapped up a five-game western road trip with back-to-back wins.
The Nets downed the Lakers 102-96 in overtime on Sunday.
Elsewhere on the milestone front, Kidd is 15 assists shy of supplanting
current Philadelphia 76ers head coach Maurice Cheeks (7,392) for eighth place
on the all-time list.
The Nets, who will close this homestand against the hapless Toronto Raptors on
Saturday, are 4-2 in their building this season.
Detroit, meanwhile, has been sensational in the early going and on Saturday
Richard Hamilton led a balanced attack with 20 points as the Pistons defeated
the Milwaukee Bucks, 85-76, at the Bradley Center.
Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun Prince contributed 17 points each, while Ben
Wallace grabbed 18 of the team’s 41 rebounds in the victory.
Rasheed Wallace tallied 15 points for the Pistons, who have won two of their
last three games and 10 of 12 to open the season.
Detroit, which will wrap up a two-game road trip tonight, is 6-1 away from
home this season.
The Pistons took two of three from the Nets last season and have won five of
eight and eight of the last 12 meetings. Detroit has also had success in the
Garden State, where it has won seven of 10 and eight of its last 12.