Saturday , Dec , 09 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics, Nets meet at Meadowlands

(Sports Network) – Atlantic Division rivals battle tonight, as the Boston
Celtics visit the New Jersey Nets tonight at Continental Airlines Arena.

Boston has lost five in a row and opens a three-game road trip. On Friday,
Shawn Marion scored 29 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and scored Phoenix’s last
four points to ice a 116-111 Suns’ win over the Celtics at TD Banknorth
Garden.

Phoenix showed no signs of dead legs less than 24 hours after its marathon
161-157 double overtime win in New Jersey on Thursday night. Steve Nash scored
16 and doled out 14 assists as the Suns ran to their ninth straight victory.
Raja Bell and Boris Diaw contributed 14 points each for Phoenix.

Paul Pierce carried the Celtics with 36 points, but only 11 of those came in
the second half. Tony Allen and Ryan Gomes both scored 18 in the loss to the
Suns for Boston, while Sebastian Telfair scored 14 points in defeat.

The Celtics, who will also visit New York and Philadelphia on the current road
trip, are 2-5 on the road this season.

New Jersey hopes to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak, as it plays
the fourth of a season-long six-game homestand. On Thursday, Steve Nash scored
a career-high 42 points, handed out 13 assists and hit the game-tying three-
pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation, as the Phoenix Suns outlasted the
Nets, 161-157, in double overtime.

Jason Kidd had three chances to win the game for the Nets, but came up short
each time on an otherwise career night for the Nets guard, in which he poured
in 38 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, and dished out 14 assists.

Kidd was joined by six other Nets with double-figures in scoring, including
All-Star Vince Carter, who ended with 31 points. Richard Jefferson finished
with 25 points, rookie Marcus Williams scored 18, Mikki Moore netted 14,
Eddie House contributed 12 and Nenad Krstic added 10 for New Jersey, which is
1-2 on the homestand.

The Nets are 4-6 at home this season. They will host Hakim Warrick and the
Memphis Grizzlies on Monday and Michael Redd and the Milwaukee Bucks on
Wednesday.

This is the second meeting of the season between the Celtics and New Jersey.
On November 29th, Carter had 23 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter,
nine rebounds and six assists to lead the Nets to a 106-103 victory over
Boston at TD Banknorth Garden.

Boston has lost four straight and seven of its last eight at New Jersey. The
Nets have won four in a row and six of the last seven contests in this series.

BOS NJN