EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Feb. 7 (Ticker) -- Vince Carter regained his touch just in time for the New Jersey Nets.

Carter scored a season-high 43 points, including a handful of clutch baskets in the fourth quarter and overtime, as the Nets rallied for their fifth straight home win, a 107-97 victory over the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers.

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Jason Kidd collected his 62nd career triple-double with 22 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high 16 assists for the Nets (21-27), who continue to inch closer to the top in the weak Atlantic Division.

"We can build on this and that's the key, to keep building," Kidd said. "We were in the same position in Boston (on Wednesday) and we didn't show up, so it's always big."

Carter scored 27 points in a phenomenal first half but went cold in the third quarter, making just 1-of-6 shots as the Nets saw a seven-point lead turn into an 80-73 deficit entering the fourth period.

"We got under (Carter's) chin a little bit (in the third quarter)," Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien said. "I told our guys if (the Nets) came inside to knock them down."

"I was tired," admitted Carter, who played 48 minutes. "I was trying to be patient."

Playing without flu-ridden NBA leading scorer Allen Iverson, the 76ers still held a 90-82 advantage with 5:45 left but did not score again from the field as the Nets rallied with an 11-3 run.

Carter made a spinning bank shot that cut the deficit to 92-90 with 2:22 to go and, after a free throw by Corliss Williamson, made a jumper while being fouled by rookie Andre Iguodala. His free throw tied it, 93-93, with 1:05 to play.

"It's all about effort," Carter said. "From the middle of the fourth quarter on, it was about defensive intensity. We went to a small lineup with me playing the (power forard) and we just played with more energy."

Neither team scored again in regulation, and Carter answered Willie Green's jumper with a 3-pointer with 3:48 remaining, giving New Jersey the lead for good and triggering a 14-2 surge. He added a pair of free throws for a 105-97 bulge with 58 seconds left.

Winning for the sixth time in seven games, the Nets also got a huge lift from Ron Mercer, who scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

"He was the key," Carter said. "Despite (Carter's and Kidd's) numbers, it was still a tough and tight game and he shot the ball extremely well. He made some huge shots for us."

Coming off a 41-point outburst in Saturday's win over Detroit, Carter made 14-of-32 shots and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds as he became the first Net to score 40 points in consecutive games since "Super" John Williamson on Dec. 8-9, 1978.

Carter also eclipsed 10,000 career points in the fourth quarter. New Jersey is 12-10 since the All-Star joined its lineup after a trade in December.

"He was amazing, he did everything," Kidd said. "He made shots early, he made shots in the middle and he was huge down the stretch. When you have a leader like him, it makes it easier."

Green scored 28 points and Kenny Thomas added 21 for the Sixers (23-25), who tried to compensate for Iverson's absence with five players in double figures. But they scored just seven points in the last 12-plus minutes and fell to 1-5 without their superstar.

"We had a great effort in the second half, but when they pressed us I thought our guys got a little sloppy," O'Brien said. "They're two All-Stars are great penetrators. They're both making threes and giving you and inside-outside type of look that's difficult to guard."

Both teams are 3-3 in overtime. The Nets avenged an OT loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 10.

New Jersey made a season-high nine 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 12 on a franchise-record 32 tries. But the Nets went cold in the third, making just 7-of-21 shots while the Sixers were 12-of-19.

After scoring 30 points in the paint in the first half, Philadelphia started making jumpers in the third period led by Green and Thomas, who had 12 points apiece, and Kyle Korver, who sank three 3-pointers.

The Nets were plagued by fouls early and thoroughly pushed around by Philadelphia's physical defense before going small in the fourth quarter and managing to climb back behind Carter.

"He's a great player, but I thought he got some calls that he wasn't getting in the third quarter," O'Brien said. "But I guess that's his due, being an All-Star and one of the league's best players."