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NBA Game Summary - Atlanta at New Jersey

(Friday, December 30th)

Final Score: New Jersey 99, Atlanta 91

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Vince Carter scored 37 points to lead the New Jersey Nets over the Atlanta Hawks, 99-91, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson each had 21 points for the Nets, who have now won eight straight games.

Al Harrington scored 26 points and Joe Johnson netted 20 for the Hawks, who have lost three in a row and four of their last five games. Tyronn Lue scored 18 points off the bench.

In the fourth quarter, Atlanta led 84-81 on a Harrington jumper with under six minutes left in the game. However, New Jersey went on an 11-2 streak, capped by Jefferson's long-distance shot.

The Hawks cut the deficit to 94-91 with 1:05 left in the game, but Jacque Vaughn hit a bucket and Lue committed a turnover on the other end, as the Nets pulled out the victory.

The Nets led by seven, 16-9, with under 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening frame, but the Hawks reeled off a 10-4 run to close out the quarter, capped by a Lue jump shot which made the score 20-19.

New Jersey and Atlanta opened up the second stanza trading baskets until Kidd hit a three-pointer to give the Nets a 36-32 edge.

With the score 38-37, Kidd used a pair of three-point shots during a 10-0 run that extended New Jersey's lead to 48-37 with 3:46 remaining in the half. The Nets took a 48-42 edge into the break.

In the third period, the Hawks used a 9-2 spurt, capped off by a Johnson shot from beyond the arc with under nine minutes left, to take the lead at 51-50.

Atlanta held the lead at 74-71 late in the quarter, but Jefferson banked a three-pointer with under one second left in the third period to tie the game.

Game Notes

Nenad Kristic sprained his right thumb and was x-rayed in the first half and after the game, both were negative... This is the first game this season that Kidd, Carter and Jefferson each scored more than 20 points...The Nets shot 50.8 percent from the field, including 11-of-22 from beyond the arc...The Hawks connected on 44.3 percent of their shots...New Jersey had 24 assists...Clifford Robinson scored nine points for New Jersey.

12/30 23:50:13 ET

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