Nets conclude stand vs. Celtics
(Sports Network) – The New Jersey Nets will wrap up a five-game homestand this
afternoon when they host the Atlantic Division-rival Boston Celtics at
Continental Airlines Arena.
New Jersey has won three straight and improved to 3-1 on the stand with
Tuesday’s 113-101 victory over the Washington Wizards. Vince Carter scored 27
points and Jason Kidd ended with 26 points, eight rebounds and nine assists to
lead the Nets.
Bostjan Nachbar added 23 points for New Jersey, which improved to 17-14 as the
host this season. The Nets, who are 3 1/2 games off the lead in the Atlantic
standings and eighth in the East, also beat the Wizards for the ninth time in
the last 13 meetings.
In injury news, Nets forward Josh Boone (flu) is probable for Saturday’s game,
while forward Mikki Moore (flu) and guard Antoine Wright (elbow) are both
listed as questionable against Boston.
The Celtics, meanwhile, have won two in a row since a four-game slide and
notched a 102-94 triumph over the New York Knicks on Wednesday at TD Banknorth
Al Jefferson poured in 26 points with nine rebounds, and Paul Pierce added 24
points in the winning cause. Gerald Green chipped in 21 points and Brian
Scalabrine compiled 14 points for the Celtics, who won consecutive games for
the first time since a five-game win streak from December 9-16 this season.
Boston, which is last in the Atlantic standings, will hit the road today where
it is 9-21 this season.
Saturday’s showdown between the Celtics and Nets is the fourth and final
meeting this season. New Jersey is 2-1 in the 2006-07 series, and has won
seven of nine and eight of the last 11 encounters.
The Celtics have dropped four of their last five trips to the Meadowlands.