After snapping concurrent five-game losing streaks, the New Jersey Nets look to build on their first win of the month Tuesday when they conclude a season-high six-game road trip against the New Orleans Hornets.

New Jersey (29-35) halted a five-game overall slide and a five-game road skid with a 113-102 win at Memphis on Monday, as Vince Carter scored 30 points and Mikki Moore added a career-high 24. The victory moved the Nets one-half game behind the New York Knicks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"Hopefully, we can save the road trip,'' said Nets point guard Jason Kidd, who had 12 assists. "Any win right now, when we've only got 17 or 18 left, is big."

The Nets look to build on their first win since a 113-101 victory over Washington on Feb. 27, and their first on the road since beating Boston 92-78 on Feb. 9.

New Jersey has won its last three road games against the Hornets, winning once in Oklahoma City and twice in New Orleans, but the Nets - who have won six of the last seven overall between the teams - also need a win to salvage a split of the season series after suffering a 111-107 defeat Feb. 21 at East Rutherford, N.J.

Carter, the team's top scorer at 25.0 points per game, had a season-high 46 and Kidd contributed 14 assists in the last game with the Hornets. Carter is averaging 31.0 points in the last six contests against them.

New Orleans (28-35) is looking to avoid a season-high sixth consecutive defeat and is winless since a 107-100 victory over Atlanta on Feb. 28. The team last dropped six in a row from Feb. 28-March 18, 2006.

The Hornets closed a three-game road trip with a 96-86 defeat at Utah on Saturday as their comeback efforts were disrupted by a poor second-half performance on the boards. New Orleans was outrebounded 30-13 in the half, including 17-6 in the fourth quarter.

"We've come out (poorly) the last couple of games in the third quarter," Hornets coach Byron Scott said. "That's been our biggest problem. I think guys have been in there jacking around and not thinking about the game. All of a sudden, we get out there and it's too late."

New Orleans is being outscored by 10.2 points per game during its losing streak after winning 12 of the previous 17 and not losing consecutive games in that span. The skid also has dropped the Hornets 1 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

If the Hornets are going to make a run for postseason play, they will need point guard Chris Paul to shoot better. Paul is making only 35.6 percent of his shots (21-for-59), including 23.5 percent from 3-point range (4-for-17) over the last five games and averaging 13.8 points, almost four less than his season average of 17.1.

"If we're not making shots, it puts us in a difficult situation," said Hornets forward David West, who had 32 points and eight rebounds in the last contest with New Jersey.

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