Kidd’s Triple-Double Helps Nets Past Raptors
New Jersey 105, Toronto 100 (OT)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., March 4 (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd did a little bit of everything to help the New Jersey Nets snap a three-game skid.
Kidd produced his 72nd career triple-double and Richard Jefferson shut down All-Star Chris Bosh down the stretch as the Nets rallied for a 105-100 overtime victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Kidd made the suggestion to the coaching staff and the strategy worked as the Nets closed regulation with a 14-4 run, forcing overtime on fallaway jumper by former Raptor Vince Carter with 28 seconds left.
"I just thought at that point we tried everything except going small," Kidd said. "(Bosh) was getting all his points on the perimeter. I just suggested it to the coaching staff. I didn't know if they would go to it."
"I like to credit Jason Kidd and our staff because it was their suggestion," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "I think that's what it's about in terms of unselfishness and trust. Richard did a great job."
Bosh scored 21 of his 23 points after halftime, but managed just three free throws in the final 10 minutes as he was hounded by Jefferson, who finished with 30 points and eight rebounds.
"When I have a smaller guy on me, I just think about going to the post," Bosh said. "I probably should have given up the ball more."
New Jersey was nursing a 95-94 lead in overtime when Jacque Vaughn - who played just five minutes and did not attempt a shot in regulation - buried consecutive jumpers for a five-point bulge with 33 seconds to go.
"That defensive switch and Jacque's two shots won the game for us," Kidd said.
"They were sort of sitting off of him and he told me he was ready to shoot," said Carter, who assisted on Vaughn's final jumper. "You just try and get as deep as possible and dish it to him. He had his hands ready and his feet set."
Carter buried a pair of free throws and Kidd added four in the final 19 seconds as the Nets held on for their 15th win in their last 17 games at home.
Carter finished with 31 points and Nenad Krstic collected 18 and nine rebounds for New Jersey, which avoided a season-high four-game losing streak.
"It's always good to win, especially the way we played the last three games," said Kidd, who has a league-leading five triple-doubles this season. "It's March and every game counts. We just have to play defense like we did down the stretch."
Morris Peterson scored 25 points and Mike James added 22 and seven assists for the struggling Raptors, who have lost six in a row and 11 of their last 14 on the road.
"You get so close, but the outcome stays the same," Bosh said. "We just have to overcome some things. You don't get used to it."
Toronto rallied from a 13-point deficit, dominating the third quarter and the early parts of the fourth. Bosh had 14 points in the third and gave the Raptors an 85-75 cushion on two free throws with 5:28 left in regulation.
But Toronto managed just two baskets and committed seven turnovers in the final 11 minutes.
"I can't fault the effort, but we made some mistakes," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "But they were mistakes because they were all trying to make a play."
New Jersey reeled off 12 of the next 13 points, taking an 87-86 lead when Carter completed a three-point play after a remarkable shot in which he switched hands in mid-air with 57 seconds left.
James answered with a 3-pointer for an 89-87 edge, but Carter tied it with a fallaway jumper over Peterson with 28 seconds to go. Bosh missed a jumper just inside the top of the arc with just over five seconds to go, but after a timeout, Carter barely grazed the rim on a fadeaway in the lane, sending the game into overtime.