NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey
(Monday, February 7th)
Final Score: New Jersey 107, Philadelphia 97 (OT)
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Vince Carter scored a season-high 43 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Jason Kidd posted a triple-double with 22 points, 16 assists and 11 boards to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 107-97 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Meadowlands.
"He (Carter) was amazing, he did everything," said Kidd, who posted his 62nd career triple-double.
Carter ended 14-of-32 from the field, including 7-of-16 from three-point range, and became the 41st NBA player to reach 10,000 points.
Ron Mercer contributed a season-high 14 points, including six in overtime, for the Nets. New Jersey finished 12-of-32 from beyond the arc and set a team record for attempts from three-point range.
Carter, who had 41 points in Saturday's victory over Detroit, became the first Nets player to post back-to-back 40-plus points since John Williamson did it during the 1978 season.
"It wasn't only Kidd and Carter, but Ron Mercer broke our backs with outside jump shots," said Sixers coach Jim O'Brien.
Willie Green scored a season-high 28 points for Philadelphia, which lost for just the second time in six games. The Sixers were without Allen Iverson, the NBA's leading scorer, because of the flu. Iverson, who recently missed three games with a sprained left shoulder, is averaging 28.8 points per game.
Green scored the first basket in overtime, but the Nets answered with nine straight points to pull away for the win. Carter hit a three-pointer to give the Nets the lead for good and Mercer scored four points in the decisive run.
The Sixers led 80-73 after three quarters, but New Jersey stayed within striking distance and was behind by four with 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Carter then banked in a shot to cut the Philadelphia lead to two, 92-90, with 2:22 to go.
After a made free throw by Philadelphia's Corliss Williamson, Carter was fouled as he drove inside for a basket and completed the three-point play to tie the game at 93-93 with 1:05 left.
Carter had a chance to give the Nets the lead, but his shot from the lane was blocked by Andre Iguodala. The Sixers had the final possession, but Green's jumper was off the mark as the fourth quarter ended.
Philadelphia trailed by seven at halftime, but used a big third quarter to regain the lead. Kyle Korver's third three-pointer of the period cut the New Jersey lead to 61-60 with 7:54 left in the frame and Green scored later in the quarter to give the Sixers the lead, 66-65, with five minutes left. A three- pointer by Green helped build the lead to seven heading into the fourth quarter.
New Jersey erased a one-point deficit with nine straight points to start the second quarter. Kidd and Carter each hit from three-point range during the run to give the Nets a 34-26 advantage and the hosts held on to lead 54-47 at the break.
New Jersey trailed, 26-25, after a first quarter that saw the lead change six times.
The Sixers are 1-5 without Iverson this season...New Jersey improved to 4-24 when trailing after three quarters this season...Philadelphia has lost three straight in the Meadowlands...The Sixers have lost four of their last five road games...New Jersey has won five straight at home...The Sixers were 4- of-14 from beyond the arc.
02/07 23:42:28 ET