EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Jan. 7 (Ticker) --
The New Jersey Nets could not question Vince Carter's
effort against the Golden
One day after admitting he gave less than his best while with
Toronto, Carter had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists to
lead the Nets to an 82-72 victory over the Warriors.
NBA TV highlights from |
Acquired from the Raptors on December 17, Carter admitted during
a televised interview Thursday that he did not always give 100
percent while playing for Toronto. But since arriving in New
Jersey, the five-time All-Star has performed well, averaging
22.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in his first six games.
When pressed about his comments, Carter got defensive.
"I've never not given my all," said Carter, refuting his
previous statements. "I never would disrespect the game of
basketball like that."
He came out strong in this one, hitting a shot from the arc for
the game's first points and adding five more to help the Nets
build a 28-18 lead after one quarter.
Carter scored four of New Jersey's 10 second-period points and
chipped in eight in the third quarter, including six during an
11-0 run that gave the Nets a 63-51 bulge with 1:07 remaining.
New Jersey was clinging to a 69-66 lead midway through the
fourth before putting away the game with nine straight points.
After Jason Kidd buried a 3-pointer, Carter had a block before
following his own shot to help the Nets match their largest
lead, 78-66, with 2:22 remaining.
"Vince made some big plays down the stretch," Nets coach
said. "We felt we set the tone defensively and
were very active. Hopefully, we can keep it up."
scored 20 points, rookie Nenad Krstic
and Kidd had 13, a season-high 13 rebounds and nine assists for
New Jersey, which extended its home winning streak over Golden
State to seven games.
The Nets squandered an early 12-point lead by making only
4-of-20 shots in the second quarter. The Warriors took their
only lead on a three-point play by Clifford Robinson
into the third period but could not survive the Nets'
"We've been successful here for quite a few years, and it's no
secret how we did that," Jefferson said. "It was defense, and
we need to keep that up."
"The big thing is for us to defend, and we did that for four
quarters tonight, so it is a step in the right direction," Kidd
Golden State shot 36 percent (26-of-73) from the floor,
including just 12-of-39 after halftime. The Warriors have
struggled offensively during a four-game slide after losing
leading scorer Jason Richardson
to a sprained left ankle.
"For us to win, we have to play with all kinds of energy,"
Golden State coach Mike Montgomery
said. "We had situations
where we would miss two free throws and then not score for the
next three or four possessions, and that deflated us."
, Calbert Cheaney
and Mickael Pietrus
12 points for the Warriors, who have dropped seven of their last
eight road contests and have not won in New Jersey since
February 28, 1997.