Friday , Jan , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nets starting to pull away in Atlantic

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets try for their third straight win this
evening when they open a home-and-home set with the Boston Celtics at TD
Banknorth Garden.

These teams will meet on Saturday at Continental Airlines Arena.

New Jersey comes into tonight’s tilt with a 21-15 record and a four-game lead
over the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic Division. It is also the only team
in the division with a record above .500.

On Wednesday, Vince Carter poured in 31 points and dished out 10 assists, as
the Nets defeated Philadelphia, 101-90, at the 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 12th in 15

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
the win.

On the injury front forward Jason Collins (knee) is listed as questionable.

New Jersey, which will be concluding a two-game road trip, is 10-9 away from
home this season.

The Nets took three of four from Boston last season and have won eight of 11
and nine of the past 16 meetings. New Jersey has also won three of five in