NBA Game Summary - Denver at New Jersey
(Sunday, February 13th)
Final Score: New Jersey 94, Denver 79
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Vince Carter scored 23 points, while Jason Kidd netted 13 and dished out eight assists to lead New Jersey to an easy win over Denver, 94-79, at the Meadowlands.
Travis Best and Jacque Vaughn tallied 10 points apiece for the Nets, who snapped a two-game skid. Ron Mercer finished with 12 points off the bench in the win.
"We were able to establish how we need to play on both ends," Nets head coach Lawrence Frank stated. "We were able to get at them and get the win."
Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 18 points and Kenyon Martin, who played his first game in New Jersey since being traded to Denver, had 13 points in the losing effort. Rodney White came off the bench to score 12.
"The fans were great," Martin said. "I still get along with the guys I used to play with. It wasn't emotional and everything was cool."
Already leading, 51-43, the Nets put the game away early in the third quarter, scoring the first eleven points of the frame and went up 62-43. Nenad Krstic scored five points during the burst, while Jason Collins chipped in four.
Bryon Russell finally got the Nuggets on the board at the 6:22 mark when his jumper made it 62-45.
New Jersey's lead grew to as many as 26 during the third as the Nets eventually led 77-59 going into the fourth.
Denver outscored New Jersey in the final frame but could not overcome the deficit and suffered its second loss in three games.
Martin scored 11 points in the first quarter to help the Nuggets claim a 31-29 advantage after the first 12 minutes.
New Jersey took advantage of poor Denver shooting in the second frame and took a 51-43 lead into the break. The Nuggets only scored 12 points in the stanza and shot 4-of-15 from the field.
Carter finished with 17 points in the first half.
Denver went nearly nine minutes without a field goal between the second and third quarters...Nene sprained the MCL in his left knee during the second quarter when attempting to grab a rebound...The New Jersey fans cheered "Kenyon" at the conclusion of the game when Martin was walking off the court...The Nets shot 52 percent from the field and went 16-of-21 from the free throw line...The Nuggets went 3-of-9 from three-point range and shot 43 percent from the floor...New Jersey improved to 16-7 when five players score in double figures.
02/13 21:20:12 ET