EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Feb. 22 (Ticker) --
The Toronto Raptors did
not miss Vince Carter
in this one.
scored 30 points to lead six players in double
figures while Carter struggled from the field as the Raptors
rolled to a 100-82 victory over the New Jersey Nets.
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Carter was facing the Raptors for the first time since being
traded to New Jersey on December 17. He got a warm welcome from
his former teammates prior to the game but struggled throughout,
making just 8-of-25 shots from the floor en route to 22 points.
Despite previously saying that he placed no extra importance on
the game, Carter seemed to continually take forced shots and
never was able to get into a rhythm.
Rose, on the other hand, could hardly miss, draining 12-of-15
attempts from the floor, including 3-of-4 3-pointers, while
pulling down eight rebounds.
"(Carter) was probably pressured a little bit," Rose said. "He's
probably a little tired from the All-Star break. While he was
running up and down the court throwing it off the backboard, I
was laying on the beach drinking a fruity drink with an
umbrella. So, I give myself an unfair advantage tonight."
scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds and Donyell Marshall
added 11 and 10 off the bench for the Raptors, who
bounced back from a slow start to win for just the fifth time in
26 road games this season.
After making only 14-of-35 shots in the first half, the Raptors
shot 55 percent (22-of-40) in the final 24 minutes, including
The Nets remained cold throughout, managing only 37 percent
(31-of-83) from the floor, 4-of-15 from the arc and 16-of-25
from the line.
"As a team we missed a lot of shots and they made their shots,"
Carter said. "We couldn't really make shots up close, outside,
It was a disappointing start to the second half for New Jersey,
which had won 11 of its previous 17 games and seven of nine at
"Hopefully this is not a warning shot for the rest of the
season," said Nets guard Jason Kidd
, who had 20 points, eight
assists and seven rebounds. "You can say it's only one game, but
we only have 28 left. If this is the way it's going to be, I'll
sit and watch the young guys play if not everybody is going to
The Raptors improved to 2-0 against the Nets since the Carter
trade. They defeated New Jersey on December 19, 110-99, but
Carter had not yet joined the Nets.
"We were all pumped up about (the game), including Vince," Rose
said. "Every time he plays against the Raptors, it's going to be
him against his old team and rightfully so."
The Nets jumped out to an early nine-point lead due to a strong
start from forward Jason Collins
and center Jabari Smith
both were soon in foul trouble and the Nets, already without ill
rookie center Nenad Krstic
, were forced to go to a small lineup
"The way we started the game was obviously very good," Nets
coach Lawrence Frank
said. "Unfortunately, we got into foul
trouble. We had to wind up playing real small with some
"We tried to go shot-for-shot but we went cold and they kept
making shots," Kidd said. "We're trying to push to make the
playoffs and if we play like we did tonight, the season will be
over before April."