Nets beat reeling Raptors in OT
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 31 points and
Richard Jefferson had 30 as New Jersey rallied for a 105-100 overtime victory
over Toronto at Continental Airlines Arena.
Jason Kidd amassed a triple-double with 14 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds
for the Nets, who put an end to a three-game losing streak.
“When we defend we can play with anybody,” said Kidd after the game. “When we
don’t, we can lose to anybody.”
Morris Peterson finished with 25 points while Chris Bosh had 23 along with 11
rebounds in the loss, the Raptors’ sixth in a row. Mike James contributed 22
points and seven assists in defeat.
“We gave up too many second chance shots,” said James. “Those offensive
rebounds they got put us in a tough spot.”
New Jersey trailed 85-75 with under 5 1/2 minutes in regulation but outscored
the Raptors 12-1 down the stretch, with a three-point play from Carter with 57
seconds to go, putting the Nets up 87-86.
James then buried a three-pointer on the other end to put Toronto up by two
before Carter tied the game at 89-89 with a fadeaway jumper with 28 seconds
Jefferson snapped a 91-91 tie with a second-chance layup early in the extra
period, then stole the ball and threw down a dunk seconds later to extend the
margin to four.
New Jersey didn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the way, with Kidd sealing
the win by hitting four foul shots that put the hosts up 105-98 with 11
“We were 1-15 at one time and didn’t quit,” Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said
after the loss. “We have a resilient group of guys. The encouraging thing is
we have a lot of young players learning and growing.”
The Nets held a slim 43-39 edge at halftime, but Toronto took control with a
strong third period.
Down 47-43 two minutes into the second half, the Raptors put together a 10-0
run to move in front. Bosh had six points during the burst, including a short
jumper with 7:23 left in the period which put Toronto up 53-47.
The Raptors took a 69-64 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Nets won for just the fifth time in 30 games this season when trailing
after four quarters…Toronto fell to 2-24 in games against teams with winning
records…Kidd’s triple double was the 72nd of his career…Nenad Krstic ended
with 18 points and nine boards for New Jersey, which outrebounded Toronto
49-38 for the game.