Nets try to make it three straight wins in Toronto
(Sports Network) – The Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey Nets shoot for
their third straight win this evening when they visit the rival Toronto
Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
New Jersey, which leads the division by one game over Boston, just completed a
six-game homestand with a 3-3 mark. On Wednesday the Nets posted a 108-95 win
over the Milwaukee Bucks at Continental Airlines Arena.
Vince Carter had 36 points, including six three-pointers, and also added nine
assists to lead New Jersey. He had a 37-point performance on Monday versus
Memphis when he drained a franchise-best nine treys.
Jason Kidd notched his second straight triple-double and the 80th of his
career with 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Kidd passed Wilt
Chamberlain (78) for third place on the all-time triple-double list on Monday
with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.
After the Nets pay a visit to Toronto, they will return home for four games
versus Detroit, Golden State, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers. New Jersey
is 6-7 at home this season and 3-5 away from Continental Airlines Arena.
Meanwhile, the Raptors ended a four-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 91-84
triumph over the Orlando Magic.
No. 1 overall draft pick Andrea Bargnani had the best game of his young career
with 23 points, while shooting 8-of-16 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from
beyond the arc. He also pulled down six rebounds for the Raptors, who are 1
1/2 games out of first place in the Atlantic Division.
Toronto will play its next two games at home versus New Jersey and Golden
State, and is 5-3 at the Air Canada Centre this season.
The Nets defeated the Raptors, 102-92, on November 1 this season at New Jersey
and have won three straight, five of six and eight of the last 11 meetings.
New Jersey has won three straight and four of five at Toronto.