Wednesday , Feb , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nets happy to be home

(Sports Network) – All the New Jersey Nets needed was a little home cooking
to get back on track.

After a winless four-game West Coast road swing, the Nets had the unenviable
task of welcoming the NBA’s best team in the Detroit Pistons to Continental
Airlines Arena on Tuesday. Oh and by the way the Pistons entered the contest
with an 11-game winning streak.

The Nets, though, showed no signs from their ill-fated trip, as Jason Kidd had
23 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead New Jersey past the Pistons,
91-84.

Nenad Krstic and Richard Jefferson donated 19 points and six rebounds apiece
while Vince Carter chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who
snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the ninth straight time in their
arena.

Over his past five games, Kidd has averaged 16.4 points, 7.6 assists and 7.6
boards.

Tonight the Nets attempt to slay another dragon when they visit LeBron James
and the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers, who have won six in a row, at Quicken
Loans Arena.

The Cavaliers have lost their two matchups with the Nets this season, but
should have the advantage tonight, as the home team in this series has won 11
of the last 14 meetings. New Jersey, though, has won two straight in
Cleveland.

New Jersey, which will return home for five games after tonight’s affair, is
10-14 away from home this season.

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