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.
The Nets set a franchise-record for three-pointers made in a game, finishing
“Once I made two in a row I felt I needed to attack,” Kidd said of his three-
pointers. “Once I make a couple of shots it makes it so easy to find my
teammates, it makes the game so much easier. I was a little more aggressive
and I was lucky and made some shots.”
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.
“They had a good spurt there, J-Kidd got going, making some threes,” Wizards
coach Eddie Jordan said. “We didn’t execute defensively as well as I would
like. They made some shots. J-Kidd is a heck of a distributor and we just
couldn’t overcome it.”
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…Kidd
went 6-of-9 from three-point range.