Carter leads Nets over Pacers
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter had 31 points, six
rebounds and six assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 105-95 victory over
the Indiana Pacers at Continental Airlines Arena.
Jason Kidd added 19 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds while Mikki Moore
donated 19 points and pulled down seven boards for the Nets, who have won six
of their last eight contests.
“Since that Detroit game, the one game that you can say that hopefully is a
little bit of an aberration is the Houston game,” said Nets head coach
Lawrence Frank referring to New Jersey playing better of late. “We’ve played
pretty good basketball. The Minnesota game, unfortunately, we probably played
well for around 34 of the 48 minutes. I think our guys understand what we need
to do in order to win. Anytime you get knocked down you like to get back up as
quickly as possible. We’ve been playing pretty good basketball but the key is
we have to continue to challenge ourselves and play better.
Al Harrington chipped in 18 points and nine rebounds while Stephen Jackson,
Jermaine O’Neal and Maceo Baston each netted 14 for the Pacers, who have lost
two in a row. O’Neal grabbed 10 rebounds and Baston had eight boards.
“We gotten beaten soundly the first three quarters and our guys who played the
fourth won the quarter by 15, but we never got within striking distance,” said
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle.
In the first, Harrington’s jumper Indiana’s deficit to 17-16, but the Nets
responded with a 14-4 run, including seven points from Kidd, for a 31-20 lead.
New Jersey took a 35-24 margin into the second quarter.
Leading 44-33, the Nets reeled off a 13-3 surge, capped by four straight
points from Eddie House, extending the lead to 57-36. New Jersey had a 63-42
advantage at the break.
Trailing 88-63 at the end of three, the Pacers opened the final frame with a
17-7 rally, capped by Sarunas Jasikevicius’ trey, narrowing the gap to 95-80
with nearly six minutes remaining.
Moore’s three-point play pushed the lead to 20, 100-80, but Indiana wouldn’t
give up. They closed the game on a 15-5 burst, but it was too little, too
The Nets shot 48 percent from the field, while the Pacers connected on 40
percent of their shots from the floor…Jasikevicius finished with nine points
and seven assists…Indiana won the rebounding battle, 44-41…New Jersey has
won three of the last four meetings. The Nets have won four straight at
home…House ended with nine points.