NBA Game Summary - Toronto at New Jersey
(Monday, December 6th)
Final Score: New Jersey 88, Toronto 86
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Richard Jefferson scored 26 points and hit a go-ahead jumper with seven seconds left to lift the New Jersey Nets to an 88-86 win over the Toronto Raptors at Continental Airlines Arena.
Jason Kidd made his season debut after undergoing off-season left knee surgery and scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in 21 minutes of action. He dished out only three assists and committed six turnovers, but did make a game-tying three-pointer in the final two minutes.
"I wasn't as nervous as some people might've thought," said Kidd. "I felt great and the best feeling is winning."
"It's a great feeling," he added. "It was fun to be out there and a part of it."
Jefferson added nine rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, who have won two straight. Eric Williams added 12 points and eight rebounds as New Jersey has now captured three of four after starting the season 2-11.
Vince Carter returned from a one-game absence as a result of food poisoning and led the Raptors with 22 points. However, his potential game-tying basket at the buzzer bounced out and Toronto was handed its fourth straight setback.
After trailing for much of the contest, New Jersey came back to tie the game at 79-79 on a Williams tip-in with 4:01 on the clock.
Rafer Alston responded by giving the Raptors back the lead on a three-pointer 15 seconds later.
Alonzo Mourning's basket in close with 2:31 on the clock made it a one point game. Then, after a Carter bucket extended the lead back to three, 84-81, Kidd drained a three-pointer from straight away with 1:54 left to tie the contest.
Jefferson and Carter would exchange free throws to set up the final heroics.
Following a timeout, New Jersey ran its offense and went down low to Mourning, who missed his initial shot and failed to tip home the rebound with 34 seconds remaining.
Jefferson, however, got the rebound and started the offense over after getting a fresh shot clock. He later got the ball back, drove to the lane and nailed a pull-up jumper in front of Carter with 7.1 on the clock.
After a timeout, Carter received the ball, drove to the rim and had his layup bounce off five times before falling out. Kidd was guarding him on the play.
"In my mind it didn't matter," said Carter on who was guarding him. "I was trying to get to the basket and make something happen."
"I wanted to guard him.," said Kidd. "We knew where the ball was going to end up. I wanted to guard him and make it as tough as possible. I tried to make him take it to the basket. The ball didn't go in and we were fortunate to get a win."
Chris Bosh ended with 15 points for the Raptors, who are 1-4 on their current six-game road trip. Donyell Marshall and Lamond Murray each had 13 points off the bench for Toronto, which has dropped three straight and 13 of 17 to the Nets.
Mourning finished with 10 points and 10 boards for New Jersey, which has won three straight at home.
New Jersey held a brief lead midway through the first quarter, but then went into the second down 22-16. Toronto continued to hold a 47-42 lead into halftime and carried a slim 70-67 advantage into the fourth.
Alston finished with 11 points and eight assists...Marshall had nine rebounds...Toronto shot only 36 percent from the field and New Jersey went for 39 percent.
12/06 23:16:20 ET