Nets win again at home, while Knicks lose yet another
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 22 points and
dished out seven assists to lead the New Jersey Nets over the New York Knicks,
96-83, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Richard Jefferson added 18 points and eight assists for the Nets, who have
won three straight overall. Nenad Krstic chipped in 14 points and eight boards
for New Jersey, which improved to 3-0 on its current homestand and extended
its current win streak at the Meadowlands to 12 games.
Jalen Rose scored 22 points to lead New York, which has dropped seven straight
and 13 of 14. Channing Frye added 17 points for the Knicks, who again played
without injured guard Stephon Marbury and got just 10 points from their
starting backcourt of Jamal Crawford and Quentin Richardson.
The Nets began to build a lead in the second quarter. After Qyntel Woods’
bucket with 4:55 remaining drew the Knicks within 40-36, New Jersey went on to
score 13 of the final 17 points of the half to take a double-digit lead. Cliff
Robinson’s three-pointer at the 1:21 mark gave the Nets a 53-38 advantage and
the team cruised into the break with a 53-40 lead.
New Jersey continued to pour it on in the third quarter, using a 9-2 surge to
increase its cushion to 20 points for the first time. Carter’s three-point
play with 2:17 gone in the frame gave his club a 62-42 lead.
The margin later increased to 23 points, 75-52, on a Jefferson bucket with
4:10 left in the period and the Nets cruised to an 84-62 lead going into the
The Knicks never threatened in the final quarter even though the Nets turned
to their reserves early in the stanza.
New Jersey’s Jason Kidd suffered a laceration over his left eye after he
collided heads with Crawford in the first quarter. He went to the locker room
and returned with a bandage. Kidd finished with nine points and six assists.
The Nets have won five straight against the Knicks, including both meetings so
far this season.
NJ improved to 16-6 at home…Crawford ended with just three points, while
Richardson had seven…New York has dropped six straight on the road and fell
to 4-19 away from Madison Square Garden…The Knicks shot 41.5 percent from
the field…NJ hit 46.6 percent of its shots…NBA referee Dick Bavetta
officiated in his 2,135th consecutive game, surpassing Jake O’Donnell’s
previous mark of 2,134.