Krstic, Nets roll past poorly shooting Suns
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Nenad Krstic had 21 points and 10
boards and Vince Carter tallied 20 points, eight boards and five assists to
lead the New Jersey Nets to a 110-72 rout of the Phoenix Suns at Continental
Richard Jefferson added 16 points and Jason Kidd had nine points, 10 rebounds
and seven assists for the Nets, who have won nine in a row. Clifford Robinson
had 11 points and seven boards for New Jersey, which had every player on its
active roster score in a game that was well in hand after three quarters.
Shawn Marion had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who had a two-game
win streak come to a halt in embarrassing fashion. Eddie House added 15 points
for Phoenix, which shot an all-time franchise low 26.8 percent from the field
and recorded a season-low in points.
Phoenix entered the game averaging a league-best 108.4 points per game and
shooting an NBA-high 39.2 percent.
After a relatively competitive first quarter that ended with the Nets ahead
20-18, New Jersey began to pull away in the second.
Leading 22-20, the Nets went on a 12-5 run to forge a 34-25 advantage. Jacque
Vaughn and Jefferson combined for eight points during the surge, which was
capped by a Krstic bucket with just under 5 1/2 minutes to play until the
Then, following a pair of Raja Bell free throws made it a 34-27 affair, Carter
sparked a 16-4 run to end the quarter with a three-pointer to give the Nets
their first double-digit lead of the night. Krstic had five points for New
Jersey, which carried a 50-31 cushion into the third quarter.
Coming out of halftime, things continued to get worse for the Suns. The club
scored just 14 third-quarter points, tying a season low for the stanza, and
the Nets put the game out of reach.
Carter started the third with a three-pointer and by the midway mark of the
frame the Nets increased the lead to 29 points, 66-37, after Carter again
connected from long range.
New Jersey then scored 17 of the final 24 points to cruise into the fourth
with an 83-45 lead. The third-quarter rout included a pair of banked three-
pointers by the Nets. The first came from Kidd to make it a 74-39 game and the
second was from Robinson as time expired.
New Jersey played the fourth without any of its starters, emptying the bench
for just the third time this season.
New Jersey improved to 32-0 when leading after three quarters…The Nets
registered a season high with 54 rebounds and 13 three-pointers…NJ is one
win shy of tying its season-best winning streak…The Nets have won five in a
row at home to improve to 24-9 as the host…The Nets increased their Atlantic
Division lead to nine games over the Philadelphia 76ers…Phoenix had a four-
game win streak in this series halted…The Suns have lost three in a row on
the road, to fall to 19-13 as the visitor…Phoenix shot just 12-of-48 in the
first half, with Marion going 7-of-10…Phoenix’s previous franchise low in
shooting percentage was 29.7 percent on March 10, 1971, a 128-38 loss at