NBA Game Summary - Miami at New Jersey
(Saturday, February 4th)
Final Score: New Jersey 105, Miami 92
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Vince Carter notched a triple-double with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the New Jersey Nets fought past Miami, 105-92, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Clifford Robinson added a season-high 23 points while Jason Kidd had 16 points and 10 assists for New Jersey, which has won two of its last three games since dropping four straight.
Dwyane Wade netted a game-best 31 points and Antoine Walker sprang for 19 points in a reserve role for the Heat, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Shaquille O'Neal, meanwhile, was limited to 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
New Jersey played front-runner for the entire contest and twice built substantial leads, but was unable to sustain them for very long.
After Robinson's three-pointer with 2:19 remaining in the third quarter put New Jersey up 77-62, the Heat promptly fired back with an 11-0 spurt -- capped by a Walker trey with about 11 minutes to go in the fourth -- that pulled Miami within four.
Several minutes later, O'Neal made it 84-83 with a one-hander in the paint. That was as close as the Heat would get, however.
The Nets answered with a 10-3 charge, which Robinson finished with a three ball, to make it 94-87 with about 3 1/2 minutes to play. Carter pushed the lead to 10 moments later with a hanging baseline jumper over O'Neal, and Miami never recovered.
New Jersey bolted out to a 33-24 first-quarter lead and went up by as many as 16 in the first half.
Miami, though, finished the second stanza with a 15-3 surge to cut its deficit to four, 55-51, by the intermission. The run was highlighted by Wade, who stripped Carter at the top of the arc, ran the floor and then threw down a one-handed slam to make it 52-50 with about a minute to play.
Carter responded with a dazzling behind-the-back feed to Kidd at the other end, and Kidd finished the sequence with a three from the corner to keep New Jersey in front.
Miami's Udonis Haslem missed the game due to a death in his family, while Nets center Nenad Krstic (flu-like symptoms) also didn't play...New Jersey shot 59.5 percent from the floor in the first half...Carter posted a season high in rebounds.
02/04 16:09:00 ET