Sunday , Apr , 29 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Carter, Nets cruise past Raptors in Game 4

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Vince Carter poured in 27 points — 21
of which came in a dominant first half — as New Jersey clobbered Toronto,
102-81, in Game 4 of its Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series at
Continental Airlines Arena.

Carter ended 9-of-15 shooting from the field and grabbed seven rebounds to go
along with seven assists.

“Just about being aggressive and playing hard for my team,” Carter said.

Richard Jefferson scored 23 points and Jason Kidd had a double-double with 17
points and 13 assists for the Nets, who took a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven

“Things could be much worse,” Bosh said. “We just have to look back at our
mistakes and try to stay alive in our series.”

New Jersey, which finished 47 percent shooting from the floor, has won seven
of its last nine Game 4s.

Andrea Bargnani had 16 points and Chris Bosh netted 13 points and pulled down
10 rebounds for the Raptors, who shot 42 percent from the floor in the game.

Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday at Air Canada Centre.

New Jersey exploded out of the gate with a 22-9 burst — capped by Kidd’s
three-pointer — and ended the first quarter with eight straight points for a
32-15 lead.

The Nets opened up a 21-point cushion, 43-22, on Bostjan Nachbar’s triple
midway through the second, while Toronto got as close as 11 on a Bargnani
jumper with 3:47 left.

Antoine Wright’s dunk, though, put New Jersey up 56-37 at the break. Carter
finished with 21 points in the first half.

The Nets dominated the third and broke the game open by scoring 30 points in
the frame — led by Jefferson’s 16 — to take an 86-56 lead into the fourth.

It was much of the same in the final frame as the Raptors failed to mount an
offensive threat while New Jersey cruised to the easy victory.

Game Notes

Nachbar had 11 points…New Jersey shot 52 percent (14-of-27) from three-point
range…Toronto fell to 2-2 all-time in Game 4s in the playoffs…The Raptors
dropped to 3-11 on the road in the postseason…Attendance was 20,032.