Wednesday , Feb , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Nets go for 12th win in a row at home against Knicks

(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets try to extend their home winning streak
to 12 games this evening when they welcome the New York Knicks to Continental
Airlines Arena.

New Jersey’s latest win at home came on Monday, as Richard Jefferson had
26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Nets past the Hornets,
99-91.

Vince Carter contributed 21 points and Jason Kidd netted 14, grabbed nine
boards and dished out 11 assists for the Nets, who are two wins away from
tying the franchise record for consecutive home wins, set in the 2001-02
season and matched in 2002-03.

Nenad Krstic scored 16 points for New Jersey, which has won two in a row
overall.

The Nets, who have not lost at home since falling to the Charlotte Bobcats
back on December 14, are in the midst of a five-game homestand and are 15-6 in
their arena this season.

New York, meanwhile, continued its miserable season on Tuesday as it dropped
an 85-82 decision to the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden. Jalen
Rose netted 23 points for the Knicks, who have lost 12 of 13.

Eddy Curry chipped in 14 points while Jamal Crawford had 10 points in the
loss.

New York made it interesting down the stretch, as Rose scored four consecutive
points with a driving layup and a pair of free throws to make it 83-82 with 28
seconds on the clock.

Elton Brand then missed a long jumper and New York corralled the rebound
giving the struggling Knicks 2.2 seconds to pull off the miracle.

However, Rose was unable to get the ball inbounds and was called for a five-
second violation to turn the ball back over to the Clippers, who hit a pair of
free throws.

New York was again forced to play without star guard Stephon Marbury, who
missed his third straight game with a shoulder injury. Marbury could be
sidelined up until after the All-Star break.

The Knicks, who will also visit New Orleans/Oklahoma City, Houston and Dallas
on this trek, have lost five in a row on the road and are a dismal 4-18 away
from home this season.

New Jersey defeated the Knicks earlier in the season and has won four straight
and five of the last six meetings. New York has also dropped eight of nine and
nine of 12 in the Garden State.

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