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NBA Game Summary - New York at New Jersey

(Wednesday, February 8th)

Final Score: New Jersey 96, New York 83

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Vince Carter scored 22 points and dished out seven assists to lead the New Jersey Nets over the New York Knicks, 96-83, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Richard Jefferson added 18 points and eight assists for the Nets, who have won three straight overall. Nenad Krstic chipped in 14 points and eight boards for New Jersey, which improved to 3-0 on its current homestand and extended its current win streak at the Meadowlands to 12 games.

"When you come out to play a rival you never know," said Carter. "Regardless of the up-and-downs, you are going to get the best effort. It was important for us to come out focused. You want to jump on them early and stay up. If you give the team life at any point in time they can come back and beat you."

Jalen Rose scored 22 points to lead New York, which has dropped seven straight and 13 of 14. Channing Frye added 17 points for the Knicks, who again played without injured guard Stephon Marbury and got just 10 points from their starting backcourt of Jamal Crawford and Quentin Richardson.

"There's no way you can guard if you don't compete," said New York head coach Larry Brown. "I think they feel like they are competing, we have some who are, but collectively we are not matching the energy of those who we are playing."

The Nets began to build a lead in the second quarter. After Qyntel Woods' bucket with 4:55 remaining drew the Knicks within 40-36, New Jersey went on to score 13 of the final 17 points of the half to take a double-digit lead. Cliff Robinson's three-pointer at the 1:21 mark gave the Nets a 53-38 advantage and the team cruised into the break with a 53-40 lead.

New Jersey continued to pour it on in the third quarter, using a 9-2 surge to increase its cushion to 20 points for the first time. Carter's three-point play with 2:17 gone in the frame gave his club a 62-42 lead.

The margin later increased to 23 points, 75-52, on a Jefferson bucket with 4:10 left in the period and the Nets cruised to an 84-62 lead going into the fourth.

The Knicks never threatened in the final quarter even though the Nets turned to their reserves early in the stanza.

New Jersey's Jason Kidd suffered a laceration over his left eye after he collided heads with Crawford in the first quarter. He went to the locker room and returned with a bandage. Kidd finished with nine points and six assists.

The Nets have won five straight against the Knicks, including both meetings so far this season.

Game Notes

NJ improved to 16-6 at home...Crawford ended with just three points, while Richardson had seven...New York has dropped six straight on the road and fell to 4-19 away from Madison Square Garden...The Knicks shot 41.5 percent from the field...NJ hit 46.6 percent of its shots...NBA referee Dick Bavetta officiated in his 2,135th consecutive game, surpassing Jake O'Donnell's previous mark of 2,134...The Nets had 31 assists on 34 field goal made for the game.

02/09 00:00:14 ET

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