NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at New Jersey
(Wednesday, December 13th)
Final Score: New Jersey 108, Milwaukee 95
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Vince Carter had 36 points, including six three-pointers, and also added nine assists, as the New Jersey Nets bested the Milwaukee Bucks, 108-95, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Carter's achievement follows a 37-point performance on Monday versus Memphis when he drained a franchise-best nine treys.
"I'm playing with a lot of confidence," said Carter. "It's all about being aggressive. Sometimes when you can be aggressive and move the ball as a team and execute correctly, good things happen. I think with us playing so well our execution has gotten better. We're a little smarter and focusing a little more...Our focus is at an all-time high right now."
Jason Kidd notched his second straight triple-double and the 80th of his career with 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. Kidd passed Wilt Chamberlain (78) for third place on the all-time triple- double list on Monday with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.
Nenad Krstic added 13 points and six rebounds while Mikki Moore netted 12 and pulled down seven boards for the Nets, who have won two in a row.
Charlie Villanueva chipped in 23 points and Maurice Williams donated 17 points and dished out six assists for the Bucks, who have lost two of their last three contests. Michael Redd finished the night with just nine points, which was the first time in 101 games that he didn't score in double figures.
"You just realize that you are gonna have a lot more great games than bad games," said Redd. "Tonight New Jersey was determined to lock me down, shut me down. I had an extra body in front of me all night. You just gotta keep your head and stay focused."
The Nets jumped out on a 15-5 run, capped by a pair of Carter threes, and led 27-23 after the opening 12 minutes, as the All-Star shot 4-of-4 from long distance.
New Jersey tallied eight of the first 12 points of the second, including four points from Carter, for a 35-27 margin. Richard Jefferson's dunk with a minute left accounted for the 50-47 halftime score, but thirty seconds later he left the game with an ankle injury and didn't return.
Carter's layup extended the lead to 61-53, but the Bucks tallied eight of the next 11 points, ending with Andrew Bogut's tip-in, narrowing the gap to 64-61.
Marcus Williams's jumper as time expired gave the Nets a 77-73 advantage heading into the final frame.
New Jersey opened the fourth with an 11-4 spurt, highlighted by Hassan Adams' reverse layup, for an 88-77 lead.
Villanueva's layup with under three minutes to play narrowed the gap to 98-89 but that was as close as the Bucks would get.
"I thought we improved in the third quarter, especially when they got it down to three or whatever it was," said Kidd. "We clamped down and gave them one tough shot and we ran...so we understand what the formula is, we just gotta keep teams off the board."
The Nets are 9-3 this season when they score at least 100 points...Kidd is averaging a triple-double every 11.2 games throughout his career. He has eight career back-to-back triple-doubles...Bogut finished with 15 points and 12 boards...Milwaukee's Ruben Patterson had 16 points and seven boards...The Nets had 31 assists on 38 field goals...New Jersey has won five straight meetings between the two teams...The Bucks connected on 47 percent of their shots from the field, while the Nets drained 49 percent of their shots from the floor...The Nets' bench outscored the Milwaukee's 38-15.
12/13 23:43:06 ET