NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Milwaukee
(Tuesday, February 21st)
Final Score: New Jersey 89, Milwaukee 85
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Vince Carter had New Jersey's final 14 points and scored 38 of his 45 points in the second half, to pace the Nets to an 89-85 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.
Jason Kidd ended with a triple-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists, while Richard Jefferson scored 14 for New Jersey, which has won six of its last eight contests.
Michael Redd and Bobby Simmons each totaled 18 points for Milwaukee, losers in back-to-back games. The Bucks blew a 16-point lead, on the way to having their six-game home victory streak broken.
Carter had 24 points in the third quarter and then showed off his All-Star skills late in the fourth by essentially taking the game over.
"I was tired after a while," Carter laughed. "I'm not trying to shoot every time, I'm just trying to play with the offense. Yes, I was rolling and I had the ball and they needed me to score, so by all means score."
Six straight points by the Nets moved them to an 86-83 lead. During that stretch, there was a clock malfunction.
Carter's two free throws brought the Nets within 83-82 with 1:26 left, and Redd then turned the ball over, before Carter drained a runner to the right of the lane with a minute remaining. It represented New Jersey's first lead since 2-0.
Joe Smith then missed a jumper at the other end and the ball caromed out of bounds in favor of the Nets. Carter then spun through the lane for a left- handed shot with 27.8 seconds left.
Smith's layup brought the Bucks within 86-85 with 16.1 seconds left, but Carter hit one free throw less than a second later.
Mo Williams then missed a fade-away jumper with 9.8 seconds remaining, and Carter hit two from the charity stripe for the final margin.
"You want to make him shoot as far out as possible, keep him away from the basket," Bucks head coach Terry Stotts said of Carter. "He got a lot of calls going to the basket. It is difficult to double him in the middle of the court."
Nenad Krstic added 12 points for the Nets, who won for just the third time in their last 13 meetings at Milwaukee.
Smith had 11 points and Jamaal Magloire ended with 10 and nine boards for the Bucks.
Milwaukee led 24-12 after one quarter and upped that to 28-12 early in the second. The Nets closed to 43-34 at the half and were within 71-66 going into the fourth.
Redd made all 10 of his free throws...The Bucks have a franchise-record of holding opponents to under 94 points for 12 straight games...Milwaukee is 10-2 versus the Atlantic Division with both of those defeats coming to New Jersey.
02/22 00:14:44 ET