Carter scores 40 as Nets beat Knicks
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter poured in 40 points,
pulled down nine rebounds and dished out eight assists as New Jersey dumped
New York, 101-92, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Mikki Moore added 19 points for the Nets, who won their second straight game
and moved to with 4 1/2 games of idle Toronto in the Atlantic Division.
Bostjan Nachbar chipped in with 15 points and 10 boards, while Jason Kidd
finished with 11 points and 14 assists.
“It’s all created from defense,” said Carter. “We boxed out and limited them
to one shot which creates easy baskets. We started to feel good about yourself
and really moved the ball well.”
Stephon Marbury had 22 points for the Knicks, who have lost eight of nine
games versus the Nets. Eddy Curry donated 18 points and Channing Frye tallied
15 points off the bench for New York.
The Nets entered the second half looking at a nine-point deficit but took
control with a dominant third quarter. New Jersey outscored the Knicks 33-15
in the frame behind 12 points from Carter to take a 77-68 lead into the final
“The third quarter is the thing that really killed,” said Knicks coach Isiah
Thomas. “Vince was an amazing part of that.”
The Knicks refused to go away, however, and Jamal Crawford’s three made it a
one-possession game, 87-84, with 6:53 remaining.
But, New Jersey responded and put the game away with an 8-0 run. Moore capped
the flurry with a jumper to make it 95-84 with just 2:18 left.
New York never seriously threatened from there.
The Knicks ran out to a 28-22 lead after the opening 12 minutes and extended
their advantage to nine, 53-44, by intermission.
New Jersey took the first meeting between the two squads this year on January
19 and has won seven of the last eight in the series and 13 of the last
16…The Nets are now 16-14 at home this season…New York is 10-19 on the
road this season…Knicks forward David Lee missed the game with a high right
ankle sprain…Kidd nailed his 688th three-pointer with the Nets and passed
Kerry Kittles for the all-time franchise lead…Nachbar’s double-double was
the first of his NBA career.