Nets edge Hornets
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson poured in 26 points
and Vince Carter had 21 as New Jersey downed New Orleans/Oklahoma City,
112-108, at the Ford Center.
Jason Kidd scored 18 points and dished out 12 assists, while Mikki Moore added
14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Nets, who have won two straight
since dropping five in a row. Eddie House and Bostjan Nachbar each chipped in
12 points in the victory.
“It’s good to finish the trip with two wins, we obviously wish we could have
done better,” Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. “Now we go home and face one of
the best teams in the league, and one of the best teams in the conference, the
New Jersey finished a sizzling 58 percent shooting from the field.
Chris Paul had 25 points and 12 helpers for the Hornets, who have lost a
season-high six consecutive contests. David West netted 24 points, Devin Brown
donated 13 and Desmond Mason and Bobby Jackson contributed 12 points apiece.
“You have to give the Nets a lot credit because they shot the ball extremely
well tonight,” Hornets coach Byron Scott said. “We didn’t get it done and we
didn’t do enough to off-set what they were doing. They just shot the ball
extremely well tonight.”
New Orleans made it interesting in the final frame. Down by seven with 2:13 to
play, Brown’s three-pointer sparked a 9-2 spurt to knot the game at 104 at the
After Carter drained a layup, Brown added one of his own to even things once
more. Carter then converted twice from the charity stripe with 40 seconds left
and New Jersey ended the game 6-of-8 from the line to ice the game.
Marcus Williams’ jumper capped the first quarter as New Jersey led 29-25, and
a 17-8 burst to open the second gave the Nets a 13-point advantage with 6:10
New Orleans, though, responded with an 18-6 run — capped by West’s tip-in at
the buzzer — and cut its deficit to 52-51 at the break.
The Nets maintained their lead in the third, and went up by as many as 13 on
Kidd’s layup with 4:13 remaining. The Hornets then went on a 15-6 scamper, but
still trailed 82-78 entering the fourth.
New Orleans shot 46.5 percent from the floor.
Tyson Chandler pulled down 11 boards for New Orleans…Both teams shot well
from three-point range, with New Jersey shooting 55 percent and the Hornets
converting 56 percent from beyond the arc…The Nets have won nine of 13 and
12 of the last 17 meetings.