Friday , Dec , 30 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Carter fueling Nets’ run

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets take aim at their eighth straight win
this evening when they play the middle contest of a three-game homestand
against the Atlanta Hawks at Continental Airlines Arena.

On Wednesday, Richard Jefferson scored 28 points to lead New Jersey past
Cleveland, 96-91.

Vince Carter added 21 points and nine rebounds for the red-hot Nets, who are
in the midst of their longest tear since ripping off a franchise-best 14
consecutive victories in 2003-04.

Jason Kidd finished with 14 points, nine assists and nine boards while Nenad
Krstic ended with 13 points and eight rebounds in the win.

Starting forward Jason Collins did not fare as well, as he failed to record a
point or a rebound in 17:19 but did commit three fouls.

Over the course of the winning streak, which has moved New Jersey 1 1/2 games
ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers for the lead in the Atlantic Division, Carter
has scored 32.1 points-per-game.

Jefferson is also finding his way and has made 17-of-19 shots over his last
two games.

The Nets, who will close their stand against Orlando next Friday, are 8-6 in
their arena this season.

New Jersey won all three matchups with the Hawks last season and has won six
of the last seven meetings. It should also have the advantage tonight, as the
home team in this series has won 11 of the last 15 meetings.

Atlanta has also dropped seven straight and 13 of its last 15 in the Garden
State.

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