NBA Game Summary - Toronto at New Jersey
(Wednesday, November 1st)
Final Score: New Jersey 102, Toronto 92
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Jason Kidd started the 2006-07 NBA season in typical fashion with his 76th career triple-double, as the New Jersey Nets bested the Toronto Raptors, 102-92, at Continental Airlines Arena.
"Jason is unbelievable," said Nets head coach Lawrence Frank. "He is just so involved in the game. Game 1 triple-double and he just continues to rewrite history."
Kidd finished with 14 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his 36th triple- double as a Net. He is two shy of Wilt Chamberlain for third-most in NBA history.
"It's great for my teammates to help me achieve that, being able to knock down shots and let me get a couple of rebounds, get the triple-double and get closer to Wilt," Kidd said. "It's a great honor. As long as we win, that's the bottom line."
Vince Carter had 25 points, 11 rebounds and six helpers while Richard Jefferson added 16 points for the Nets, who won their season-opener for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.
"He's (Kidd) our leader," said Jefferson. "He's a guy that's been doing it year in and year out for us and he's consistently putting up triple-doubles. I believe he led the NBA again last year and he'll probably lead the NBA again this year. Most likely he's going to lead the NBA until he decides to retire."
Anthony Parker, who spent the last six seasons playing in the Israeli Premier League (2000-02, 2003-06) and the Serie A League (2002-03) after appearing in 16 games with Orlando in the 1999-2000 season, scored a team-high 22 points.
T.J. Ford, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Milwaukee in exchange for Charlie Villanueva, netted 19 and dished out seven assists and Chris Bosh scored 14 points for the Raptors, who have lost five of the last six meetings with the Nets.
The Raptors connected on 39.4 percent from the field, throwing up 94 shots.
"We got up a lot of shots," Ford said. "We got some open looks. We didn't shoot a good percentage. I think we turned down a lot of shots."
Andrea Bargnani, who was the first overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, struggled in his debut, with three fouls, two points, two blocks and two rebounds in just under nine minutes off the bench.
Trailing 53-49, the Raptors opened the third quarter with an 9-3 rally, which was finished with an Parker trey for a 58-56 lead.
With Toronto leading by two, 68-66, the Nets fought back with an 10-2 burst spanning the third and fourth quarters. Bostjan Nachbar's bank shot tied the game and Carter found Nenad Krstic with a pretty behind the back pass for an open dunk. Mikki Moore's emphatic slam ended the third for a 74-70 score heading into the final frame.
Fred Jones' layup narrowed the gap to 80-76 with just under 10 minutes to play, but New Jersey countered with nine unanswered points, including threes from Nachbar and Carter, extending the margin to 89-76.
"The last couple of seasons we came out of the box kind of slow and tonight we started off the season protecting home court against a very good team in Toronto," said Kidd. "Now we've got to get ready for a team down in Miami that lost the other night and their going to give us their A-game."
After trailing by as many as 14, the Raptors got no closer than 10 as they were outscored 28-22 in the final period.
Jefferson's layup with under two seconds on the clock gave the Nets a 28-27 lead after the first 12 minutes of play.
Trailing 30-28, New Jersey reeled off a 17-6 run, including five points from Nachbar, for a 45-36 advantage with almost five minutes left in the second quarter.
Toronto responded with a 13-2 spurt, highlighted by Morris Peterson's three- point play, to take a 49-47 lead with a minute to play in the half. However, the Nets scored the final six points of the period, showcased by Marcus Williams' running floater as time expired, for a 53-49 margin.
New Jersey shot 51.3 percent from the floor, including 3-of-18 from beyond the arc...The Nets won the rebounding battle 52-38...New Jersey turned the ball over 24 times...The Nets were without forward Clifford Robinson, who must sit out the first two games of the season due to a drug-related suspension dating back to last season...Since joining the NBA, the Nets are 13-17 on opening night...Nachbar and Krstic ended the game with 14 points apiece...This is Kidd's second triple-double on opening night.
11/01 23:24:07 ET