Monday , Apr , 16 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Carter, Nets top Knicks

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Vince Carter recorded his fourth career
triple-double as New Jersey bested New York, 104-95 ,at Madison Square Garden.

Carter scored 29 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out 10 assists for
the Nets, who won their third straight contest and moved within one-half
game of idle Washington for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff
race.

The Nets will close out the 2006-07 regular-season schedule on Wednesday
versus Chicago at Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey.

Bostjan Nachbar added 19 points off the bench for the Nets, while Mikki Moore
finished with 15 points.

Steve Francis had 26 points for the Knicks, who dropped their fifth straight
game and lost for the 13th time in 15 contests. Mardy Collins tallied a
career-high 23 points and 10 boards.

The Nets entered the final frame with a 10-point lead but New York didn’t go
away. The Knicks drew within four, 85-81, on Collins’ driving layup with 8:31
left in the game.

But, less than 30 seconds later, Richard Jefferson stopped the bleeding by
draining a three. A few minutes later, Nachbar converted a pair from the line
and New Jersey had a 10-point advantage again, 94-84.

The Knicks never seriously threatened from there as the Nets wrapped up their
sixth consecutive win in the Big Apple.

The Nets took a slim 27-25 edge after the opening 12 minutes.

New Jersey then began to pull away in the second quarter thanks to the three.
The Nets made five treys in the opening minutes of the frame, the last of
which by Nachbar gave New Jersey its first double-digit cushion, 43-33, with
just under seven minutes to go until intermission.

The Nets continued to play frontrunner for the rest of the stanza and took a
55-44 advantage into the locker room.

New Jersey remained in control through three quarters, 79-69.

Game Notes

The Knicks’ Eddy Curry strained a hamstring in the first half and did not play
in the rest of the game…The Nets are now 1 1/2 games ahead of Orlando for
the No. 7 seed in the East…The Knicks wrap up the 2006-07 campaign on
Wednesday at Charlotte.

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