No place like home for Nets
(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,
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.
Kidd came within one rebound of his fourth triple- double of the season and
71st his career. He is fourth on the all-time list and is eight behind Hall of
Famer Wilt Chamberlain. Kidd has two career triple-doubles against the Knicks.
Nenad Krstic scored 16 points for New Jersey, which has won two in a row
overall and continues to pace the Atlantic Division with a two-game lead on
the Philadelphia 76ers.
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. They will close the stand with visits from San
Antonio and Milwaukee.
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.