Carter, Kidd lead Nets over Wizards
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter scored 27 points and Jason
Kidd had another solid all-around game with 26 points, eight rebounds and nine
assists, as the Nets used a big run in the fourth quarter for a 113-101 win
Bostjan Nachbar added 23 points for New Jersey, which won its third straight
after a three-game skid. The Nets also beat the Wizards for the ninth time in
the last 13 meetings.
Gilbert Arenas had 26 points and Jarvis Hayes added 21 with nine boards for
the Wizards, who lost their third straight. It was a tough night though for
Arenas shooting-wise, as he finished 7-of-25, including 3-of-12 from three-
Roger Mason Jr. equaled his career-high with 18 points for Washington.
Two free throws by Arenas moved the visitors to an 86-85 lead with 9:17
remaining, but the Nets scored the next 10, which included three-pointers from
Eddie House and Nachbar to begin the burst. Nachbar drove in for a jam and
Clifford Robinson’s two free throws brought the Nets to a 95-86 lead with 7:27
Hayes stemmed the tide with a three-ball, but Nachbar had the next nine New
Jersey points, which included another shot from beyond the arc.
After Hayes’ three cut New Jersey’s lead to 104-97, Kidd answered with a
driving layup. The exclamation point for the Nets came when Kidd drilled a
three with 1:36 left for a 113-97 cushion.
House and Robinson each finished with 12 points for the Nets, while Brendan
Haywood scored 11 for Washington.
The Nets raced to an 11-3 lead early and were on top 22-18 going into the
second. Hayes’ jumper capped seven straight Washington points for a 46-40 lead
for the Wizards, and they led 51-49 at the half.
Carter’s free throw ended eight consecutive points for New Jersey, which
grabbed a 76-67 advantage, and it was 79-78 in favor of the Nets going into
Washington All-Star forward Caron Butler missed his second straight game due
to back problems…Washington has lost 13 of its last 15 at New Jersey.