NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Toronto
(Sunday, December 19th)
Final Score: Toronto 110, New Jersey 99
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Morris Peterson converted 4-of-4 three-pointers and scored a season-high 20 points to lead Toronto to a 110-99 win over New Jersey at the Air Canada Centre.
Lamond Murray contributed 18 points off the bench for the Raptors, who snapped a three-game losing streak in the series and won for the second time in their last 10 contests overall.
Jalen Rose finished with 17 points for Toronto, which drained 14-of-23 three- point shots.
Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 38 points for the Nets, who suffered their third straight loss. Nenad Krstic posted 15 points in the loss.
Both teams were shorthanded two days after completing a blockbuster trade. New Jersey acquired All-Star swingman Vince Carter in exchange for center Alonzo Mourning, forward Eric Williams, center/forward Aaron Williams and two conditional first-round draft picks.
None of them played Sunday, however. Carter and Mourning are both on the injured list, while Eric and Aaron Williams are required to report to the Raptors by noon Monday.
Mourning may not play at all for the Raptors. According to published reports, he is expected to be redirected to the Miami Heat through a buyout or another trade. Mourning's physical was reportedly waived so that it could be completed.
"I talked to Alonzo for an hour," Toronto general manager Mike Babcock said before the game. "I told him to take care of his health."
Donyell Marshall registered 14 points for Toronto, which snapped a 71-71 third-quarter tie with an 8-2 surge. Rafer Alston hit two free throws with five seconds left to make it 79-73.
After a three-pointer by Jason Kidd pulled New Jersey within 79-76 less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Raptors went on a 17-4 flurry. Murray's three-pointer midway through the fourth capped it and put them ahead 96-80.
The Nets got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
"Defensively we didn't get the job done." said New Jersey head coach Lawrence Frank.
Jefferson hit two foul shots midway through the first quarter to put the Nets ahead 11-6.
After falling behind 15-14, they used an 8-1 burst to go ahead 22-16. Jefferson's jumper, with less then two minutes to go in the first, capped the surge.
Toronto scored the next six points to force a 22-22 tie at the end of the quarter.
Both teams led by five points during a tightly contested second quarter. Peterson's three-pointer in the final seconds of the period put the Raptors ahead 50-49 at halftime.
Just over three minutes into the third quarter, Toronto went ahead 58-52 on a three-pointer by Alston
New Jersey forced a 71-71 tie with 1:35 remaining in the third on two foul shots by Jefferson.
Alston and Matt Bonner both delivered 12 points for the Raptors, who improved to 7-4 at home this season...Rodney Buford, Kidd, Jason Collins and Jacque Vaughn all posted 10 points for the Nets, who fell to 2-9 on the road. Kidd added six rebounds and five assists...Milt Palacio delivered 10 points and six assists for Toronto, which scored 100 points for the first time in eight games.
12/19 18:06:11 ET