Wednesday , Dec , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Nets again try for milestone win against Bobcats

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets attempt to get back on the winning
track tonight and earn a special victory for the franchise in the process, as
they visit the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Nets once again attempt to earn its 1000th win tonight. Since entering the
NBA in 1976-77, the Nets have posted a 999-1362 mark.

New Jersey enters tonight’s contest on a two-game losing streak. On Saturday,
Chris Bosh scored a season-high 29 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the
Toronto Raptors past the Nets, 95-82, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Jason Kidd finished with 17 points, six rebounds and six assists in the loss
to Toronto for the Nets, who have lost five of their last seven games overall.
Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson both netted 15 points in defeat, while
Jefferson also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Kidd enters this contest with 7,389 career assists, three shy of Maurice
Cheeks for eighth place on the all-time list. Kidd, though, is averaging a
career-low 6.6 assists this season.

On the injury front, Carter (ankle) is questionable for tonight’s game. He
played just 27 minutes in the game against Toronto and left briefly in the
third quarter because of the right ankle injury.

The Nets are 3-5 as the visitor this season. They have won two in a row on the
road. New Jersey returns to the court on Friday, as they will visit LeBron
James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

Charlotte returns home after going 0-4 on a four-game road trip. On Sunday,
Kobe Bryant hit two free throws with seven seconds remaining and finished with
29 points overall to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Bobcats, 99-98, at
the Staples Center.

Brevin Knight had 17 points and eight assists in the loss to the Lakers for
Charlotte, but missed two critical free throws in the waning moments that
allowed the Lakers to take the lead. Melvin Ely poured in 20 points on 10-
of-13 shooting for the Bobcats, who have dropped seven of their last nine
overall and fell to a dismal 1-10 on the road this season. Bernard Robinson
chipped in 13 points in the loss.

The Bobcats are 4-3 at home this season. They have won three in a row as the
host.

New Jersey has won all four meetings between the clubs.

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