EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- All-Star Vince Carter
squares off against his former team for the first time when the
New Jersey Nets host the slumping Toronto Raptors at Continental
Airlines Arena on Tuesday.
Carter, which scored 11 points for the Eastern Conference on
Sunday, was traded to New Jersey on December 17, 2004 for Alonzo
Mourning, Aaron Williams and Eric Williams.
After averaging 16 points in 20 games with the Raptors, Carter
is scoring 26 points per game while hitting 45 percent of his
shots for the Nets. Mourning never reported to Toronto and Eric
Williams and Aaron Williams are averaging a combined five
points per game for the Raptors.
Led by Carter's 21 points, New Jersey posted a 96-85 victory
over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, improving to 6-4 in its
last 10 games. Carter has led the team in scoring in 12 of the
last 15 games.
Jason Kidd posted his fifth triple-double of the season - 64th
of his career - with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and
rookie Nenad Krstic posted a season-high 18 points and eight
The Raptors have lost five of their last six games, including a
121-115 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. Chris Bosh
scored 28 points, Jalen Rose added 25 and Rafer Alston chipped
in 21 for Toronto in the loss.
Toronto and New Jersey have split a pair of meetings this
season, including a 110-99 Raptors' victory in Toronto on
December 19. Morris Peterson scored a season-high 20 points
to pace seven Raptors in double figures.