Carter leads Nets to big win over Sixers
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Vince Carter poured in 31 points and
dished out 10 assists, as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers,
101-90, at Wachovia Center.
Carter also grabbed eight rebounds and Richard Jefferson hit the glass with 16
boards to go along with 20 points in the victory, New Jersey’s second
Nenad Krstic scored 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Clifford
Robinson came off the bench to tally 15 points for the Nets. Jason Kidd did a
little bit of everything with nine points, nine assists and seven rebounds in
Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 36 points and dished out nine assists while
Chris Webber chipped in 15 points and eight boards for Philadelphia, which has
lost two straight games and three of its last four. Andre Iguodala added 11
points in the loss.
New Jersey used an 11-0 burst in the third quarter to take a 61-46 lead.
Carter scored four points during the run courtesy of a half hook in the lane
and a slam off a fast break.
The Nets eventually took a 77-69 lead into the fourth period.
Philadelphia scored just two points in the opening five minutes of the fourth
quarter and the Nets took advantage. They tallied the first nine points of the
stanza, five from Jefferson and four from Robinson, to break the contest wide
open. Robinson drained another jumper with 7:19 remaining to give New Jersey
an 88-71 edge.
Dalembert’s layup with 4:23 left capped a 10-1 Philadelphia push that cut the
deficit to 89-81. Carter, though, then drained a floater in the lane and a
jumper to increase the edge to 93-81 and the Sixers did not threaten again.
Philadelphia jumped out to a 9-2 lead behind four early points from Iverson,
but New Jersey outscored the Sixers 28-11 the rest of the period to open a
double-digit lead. Krstic was a perfect 4-of-4 for nine points in the stanza.
John Salmons’ jumper late in the second quarter cut the Nets’ lead to 44-42,
but New Jersey tallied the final four points of the half. Jefferson led all
scorers with 12 and Carter added 11 for the Nets.
New Jersey improved to 10-9 on the road this season…Philadelphia fell to
12-7 at the Wachovia Center…Iverson’s 42-point, 12-assist performance on
December 10th lifted the Sixers to a 107-95 triumph over New Jersey at
Continental Airlines Arena…The Nets have won four of six and seven of the
last nine meetings in the series…Kyle Korver, who was held scoreless in 28
minutes of action in Monday’s 104-76 loss at Washington, did not start for
Philly and ended with eight points. All fans were given a Korver bobblehead
doll prior to the contest…New Jersey assisted on 29 of its 37 made field