NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey
(Saturday, December 2nd)
Final Score: New Jersey 112, Philadelphia 107
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Vince Carter poured in a season-high 41 points on 15-of-22 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds as New Jersey held off Philadelphia, 112-107, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Richard Jefferson scored 24 points on 8-of-13 from the field and also pulled down eight boards while Nenad Krstic added 20 points for the Nets, who have won two straight since dropping six in a row.
Jason Kidd finished with nine points and 13 assists in the victory.
"We didn't do our job protecting our lead," Carter said. "We can't just sit back; we found a way to win and got it done."
New Jersey shot 49 percent from the floor.
Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 37 points on 11-of-25 shooting and was a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. Rodney Carney chipped in with 20 points and Chris Webber, who returned from a six-game absence, had 15 with 12 rebounds in defeat.
Philadelphia, which shot a lowly 41 percent, has lost three consecutive games.
"Our defense was not as good as we'd like it to be," Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Making layups is a big reason why they [New Jersey] went up 15 points. We got back in the game by pushing the ball up the floor and getting some defensive rebounds, but not getting the offensive rebounds hurt us."
A 19-8 burst by the Nets in the third resulted in an 80-65 lead with 2:51 left. Carter's three-pointer finished a run in which he scored 11 points and New Jersey paced to an 85-74 edge after three frames.
Philadelphia opened the final period with five straight points to cut within six, 85-79, and then closed the gap to 94-91 on Carney's layup with 3:52 to play.
The Nets, however, broke off a 12-4 surge in the final minutes for an 11- point lead with 1:04 left, but the Sixers scored 12 of the next 14 points and cut it to one, 108-107 after a three-point play by Iverson.
Andre Iguodala's desperation heave flew past a covered Webber and landed out of bounds, ending a late threat by Philadelphia.
Webber's jumper put Philadelphia on top, 26-24, after one quarter of play but New Jersey went on a 10-2 run, capped by Jefferson's trey for a nine-point cushion with 2:57 remaining. Jefferson then converted a pair from the line to give the Nets a 56-49 halftime advantage.
Iverson scored 18 first-half points while Carter netted 17.
Iverson finished with 10 assists...Iguodala and Willie Green each scored 11 points...The Sixers were just 1-of-10 from three-point range while New Jersey shot 38 percent from beyond the arc...Philadelphia hosts Minnesota on Sunday while New Jersey welcomes Dallas on Tuesday...Attendance was 18,885.
12/03 00:07:41 ET