NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at New Jersey
(Thursday, April 6th)
Final Score: New Jersey 113, Charlotte 102
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, as the New Jersey Nets tied a franchise- record with their 14th straight win, 113-102 over the Charlotte Bobcats at Continental Airlines Arena.
Vince Carter had 20 points, six boards and six assists, and Jason Kidd recorded his 74th career triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who have the longest winning streak in the NBA this season.
Kidd is now four triple-doubles behind Wilt Chamberlain for third place all- time. He also moved into seventh place, past Keith Van Horn, on the all-time Nets scoring list.
"I know I had a chance to get a triple double and that doesn't come every night," said Kidd. "I probably played a couple more minutes than I should have. I was telling coach to leave me in and give me the opportunity. It presented itself, I got it, and nobody got hurt."
New Jersey, which has eight contests remaining, is 2 1/2 games behind Miami for the second spot in the Eastern Conference. The Nets also won 14 in a row from January 25 - February 24, 2004.
Raymond Felton had 20 points and seven assists, and Primoz Brezec netted 16 for the Bobcats, who have lost three of their last four games.
"We were staying in the game. We were doing the things we need to do be there in the fourth quarter," said Felton. "He (Jefferson) got hot and spread the lead. He had it going tonight, we had no answer for him."
Felton's three-point play tied the score at 64, but the Nets pushed the score to 85-74, courtesy of an 21-10 burst to end the quarter, highlighted by Carter's alley-oop layup.
The Nets led 107-86 on Jefferson's three with almost 4 1/2 minutes left, but the Bobcats went on a 15-2 rally, capped by a pair of Alan Anderson free throws, to narrow the gap to 109-101 with 1:12 remaining. However, that was as close as Charlotte would get.
The Nets hit 10 of their first 17 shots and led 28-14, including 11 points from Jefferson and eight from Nenad Krstic. However, the Bobcats closed the quarter with an 11-5 surge, capped by Bernard Robinson's jumper, to cut the deficit to 33-25.
Charlotte continued the comeback in the second period and tied the game at 48 on a free throw from Jumaine Jones. Clifford Robinson's trey gave the Nets a 51-48 lead, but the Bobcats evened the score with a Gerald Wallace free throw followed by a Brevin Knight layup with the clock running down.
New Jersey shot 5-of-17 from the field and was outscored 26-18 in the second period.
Carter has scored 20 or more points in 19 straight games, which is a Nets franchise record...New Jersey has won nine straight home games to tie a franchise high...The Nets are 36-0 when leading after three quarters this season...Kidd has nine triple-doubles this season, tying a career best...New Jersey shot 53.2 percent from the floor, while the Bobcats connected on 40 percent of their shots...The Nets have won seven of the eight meetings...Charlotte has lost seven straight on the road...The Nets are 28-9 at home.
04/06 23:15:04 ET