Nets go for 10th straight win vs. Raptors
(Sports Network) – The scorching New Jersey Nets attempt to extend their
winning streak to 10 games, as they visit the streaking Toronto Raptors this
afternoon at Air Canada Centre.
The red-hot Nets open a four-game homestand today. All-Star Vince Carter
scored 31 points to lead New Jersey to a 113-106 victory over the Orlando
Magic on Friday at Continental Airlines Arena.
Jason Kidd had a triple-double with 16 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds
while Richard Jefferson netted 15 points in the win over Orlando for the Nets,
who have won a season-high nine games in a row. It is the team’s longest
winning streak since a 14-game run from January 25 to February 24, 2004.
New Jersey is a respectable 8-6 as the visitor this season. It has won three
in a row on the road. The Nets will also visit San Antonio, Memphis and Dallas
on the current swing.
Toronto, which plays the finale of a three-game homestand, is also playing
winning basketball lately as it has won a season-best five straight games. On
Friday, Mike James scored 30 points, handed out eight assists and grabbed a
season-high seven rebounds to lead the Raptors over the Houston Rockets,
112-92, at Air Canada Centre.
Chris Bosh contributed 22 points and 16 boards, while Morris Peterson added 19
points in the win over Houston for the Raptors, who have won seven of their
last nine games overall. Rookie forward Charlie Villanueva posted 21 points in
The Raptors are just 4-12 at home this season. They have won three in a row at
Air Canada Centre.
This is the third of four meetings between the clubs this season. The teams
split the first two contests, as each club picked up a win on the road. The
Nets are scheduled to host the Raptors on March 4th at the Meadowlands in the
fourth and final contest.
New Jersey has won five of the last eight meetings in this series. The Nets
have won two straight at Toronto.