NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Atlanta
(Monday, January 17th)
Final Score: New Jersey 85, Atlanta 84
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Jason Kidd and Vince Carter each scored 23 points as New Jersey held off Atlanta, 85-84, at Philips Arena.
Kidd netted 19 of his points in the second half to help the Nets snap a four- game losing streak, while Carter added seven rebounds and six assists in the win.
Nenad Krstic finished with 12 points and nine rebounds for New Jersey, which never trailed at any point but nearly coughed up a nine-point lead in the final minutes.
"We made the plays at the end to win the game," said Nets center Jason Collins. "We came out solid defensively, and offensively we were able to make some plays down the stretch. And Kidd hit some huge shots. He was aggressive."
Al Harrington topped the Hawks with 22 points and Tyronn Lue had 17 along with 10 assists for the Hawks, who had won two of three coming in. Antoine Walker also posted a double-double, ending with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Atlanta trailed 71-62 at the 7:07 mark of the final period but rallied to tie the game at 78-78 when Obinna Ekezie hit two free throws with 1:32 to go. Carter then was awarded a basket on a goaltend call by Josh Smith on the ensuing possession, then made one of two foul shots with 41 seconds to go for a three-point edge.
Walker and Harrington each missed potential tying three-point shots with under 20 seconds to go and the Nets appeared to have the game wrapped up when Kidd made two free throws for an 84-79 lead with seven seconds left.
A three-pointer by Predrag Drobjnak would bring the Hawks within two before Jason Collins made one attempt from the charity stripe with two seconds on the clock. Walker was then immediately fouled and hit both shots, but the Nets safely inbounded the ball as time expired.
"(Walker) tried to miss it but it went in," said Hawks head coach Mike Woodson of the last free throw. "That is kind of how it's been at the free throw line for us this year. I thought we were in position with (Josh) Childress and Smith to try and crash in and possibly tip it in if Antoine had missed."
New Jersey opened the game with a 12-4 run and were ahead by as many as 12 points in the first quarter. Carter had 11 points for the period, which ended with the Nets on top 26-18.
"The game is easy when you're playing with a guy like Jason Kidd, and all these other great guys," said Carter. "I think I'm getting my reps in now, understanding the offense."
The Hawks shot just 35 percent in the first half and were down 42-37 at the break before fighting back in the third quarter. Atlanta pulled even at 51-51 when Walker made one of two free throw attempts near the midway point of the period.
The Nets clung to a one-point lead late in the third when Kidd started an 8-0 run with back-to-back baskets which put New Jersey up 65-56 with 43 seconds left in the stanza.
New Jersey took all three meetings between the teams this year and put together its first-ever season sweep over Atlanta...The Nets have won six of the last seven meetings between the clubs and three of its last four visits to Atlanta...New Jersey snapped a five-game losing streak on the road...Walker finished with a double-double for the eighth straight game.
01/17 23:38:25 ET