Nets slip past Celtics
Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 23 points, including 14 in the
fourth quarter, nine rebounds and six assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to a
106-103 victory over the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.
Jason Kidd added 19 points, nine assists and eight boards while Richard
Jefferson netted 18 for the Nets, who snapped a six-game losing skid.
Paul Pierce poured in 31 points and Wally Szczerbiak donated 25 points and
grabbed six rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost three of their last four
Al Jefferson’s layup with 9 1/2 minutes on the clock gave the Celtics a 92-82
lead, but the Nets fought back with an 11-0 rally, including six points from
Hasan Adams, to take a 93-92 margin.
Trailing 103-101, Jefferson gave New Jersey the lead for good with a three
with 1:19 remaining.
The Celtics led 28-27 after the opening frame and took a 55-52 advantage into
A pair of Nenad Krstic free throws brought the Nets within 63-62, but Boston
ran off 14 unanswered points, including 10 off the hands off Pierce, extending
the lead to 77-62.
However, New Jersey responded by tallying 14 of the final 21 points in the
third quarter, with 10 coming from Kidd, to cut the deficit to 84-76 heading
into the final frame.
The Celtics shot 48.6 percent from the floor, showcased by 10-of-19 from
beyond the arc, while the Nets connected on 48 percent of its shots…Krstic
finished with 15 points and six rebounds…Adams had 16 points and pulled down
eight boards…Jefferson scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds…The
Nets have won the last four meetings…The six-game slide was the longest New
Jersey losing streak since nine straight setbacks from November 10-28, 2004.