NBA Game Summary - Phoenix at New Jersey
(Monday, March 27th)
Final Score: New Jersey 110, Phoenix 72
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Nenad Krstic had 21 points and 10 boards and Vince Carter tallied 20 points, eight boards and five assists to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 110-72 rout of the Phoenix Suns at Continental Airlines Arena.
Richard Jefferson added 16 points and Jason Kidd had nine points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Nets, who have won nine in a row. Clifford Robinson had 11 points and seven boards for New Jersey, which had every player on its active roster score in a game that was well in hand after three quarters.
"It was important for us to defend, make them play half court and limit them to one shot," said Jefferson. "It was an all around great effort by every player."
Shawn Marion had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who had a two-game win streak come to a halt in embarrassing fashion. Eddie House added 15 points for Phoenix, which shot an all-time franchise low 26.8 percent from the field and recorded a season-low in points.
"When you shoot 25 percent on the road you're going to get clobbered," said Phoenix head coach Mike D'Antoni. "We just didn't make shots."
Phoenix entered the game averaging a league-best 108.4 points per game and shooting an NBA-high 39.2 percent.
After a relatively competitive first quarter that ended with the Nets ahead 20-18, New Jersey began to pull away in the second.
Leading 22-20, the Nets went on a 12-5 run to forge a 34-25 advantage. Jacque Vaughn and Jefferson combined for eight points during the surge, which was capped by a Krstic bucket with just under 5 1/2 minutes to play until the break.
Then, following a pair of Raja Bell free throws made it a 34-27 affair, Carter sparked a 16-4 run to end the quarter with a three-pointer to give the Nets their first double-digit lead of the night. Krstic had five points for New Jersey, which carried a 50-31 cushion into the third quarter.
Coming out of halftime, things continued to get worse for the Suns. The club scored just 14 third-quarter points, tying a season low for the stanza, and the Nets put the game out of reach.
Carter started the third with a three-pointer and by the midway mark of the frame the Nets increased the lead to 29 points, 66-37, after Carter again connected from long range.
New Jersey then scored 17 of the final 24 points to cruise into the fourth with an 83-45 lead. The third-quarter rout included a pair of banked three- pointers by the Nets. The first came from Kidd to make it a 74-39 game and the second was from Robinson as time expired.
New Jersey played the fourth without any of its starters, emptying the bench for just the third time this season.
Phoenix's Steve Nash, the reigning league MVP, was held without a point for the first time since February 1, 2003 when he was with Dallas. Nash ended shooting 0-for-5 with five assists.
"I take full responsibility for hurting us," said Nash. "I give full responsibility to Jason for his defense."
New Jersey improved to 32-0 when leading after three quarters...The Nets registered a season high with 54 rebounds and 13 three-pointers...NJ is one win shy of tying its season-best winning streak...The Nets have won five in a row at home to improve to 24-9 as the host...The Nets increased their Atlantic Division lead to nine games over the Philadelphia 76ers...Phoenix had a four- game win streak in this series halted...The Suns have lost three in a row on the road, to fall to 19-13 as the visitor...Phoenix shot just 12-of-48 in the first half, with Marion going 7-of-10...Phoenix's previous franchise low in shooting percentage was 29.7 percent on March 10, 1971, a 128-38 loss at Atlanta.
03/27 23:02:17 ET