Sunday , Dec , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Nets still trying to get going

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets try to make it two straight wins this
evening when they continue a four-game homestand against the Golden State
Warriors at Continental Airlines Arena.

On Friday, Vince Carter poured in 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while
Jason Kidd added 15 points and 16 assists, as the Nets defeated the Denver
Nuggets, 115-106, in overtime.

Richard Jefferson tallied 21 points and Nenad Krstic notched a double-double
with 17 points and 11 rebounds for New Jersey, which snapped a three-game
losing streak.

Scott Padgett tallied a season-high 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting from beyond
the arc in the victory.

Jefferson’s three-point play started overtime and the Nets never trailed in
the extra session. Padgett’s fifth three-pointer gave New Jersey a 100-96
lead, then Krstic converted a layup to increase the advantage to six.

Andre Miller then buried a trey from the right wing to cut the lead to 104-101
about 1 1/2 minutes later, but Carter converted a three-point play and Kidd
drained a three-pointer to put the game away.

New Jersey, which will close this stand against the Los Angeles Clippers on
Tuesday before hitting the road for three games, is 5-6 in its arena this
season.

The Nets lost to the Warriors earlier in the season, but could hold the
advantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won 10 of the last 12
meetings. Golden State has also lost seven straight in the Garden State dating
back to February 28, 1997.

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