NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Toronto
(Friday, December 15th)
Final Score: Toronto 90, New Jersey 78
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - T.J.Ford led a balanced Toronto attack with 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, as the Raptors bested the New Jersey Nets, 90-78, at the Air Canada Centre.
Anthony Parker and Joey Graham each netted 15 points, while Graham also pulled down nine boards for the Raptors, who had six players in double figures. Rasho Nesterovic added 12 points for Toronto, which has won two in a row after losing four straight.
"We always try to come out and attack first and get the referees on our side," said Ford. "It all started on the defensive end. I think it starts with the big guy down low, Nesterovic because we don't have to double team anybody. He (Nesterovic) allowed me to get nine rebounds tonight so I appreciate that from him."
It was announced before the game that Toronto forward Chris Bosh, who has missed the last four games, will be out indefinitely with a bone bruise on his left knee.
Hassan Adams scored 13 points while Vince Carter had a season-low 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting and six rebounds for the Nets, who have yet to win three straight games this season. Jason Kidd, who was going after his third consecutive triple-double, finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
"In this league you're not going to have a great shooting night every night," said Nets head coach Lawrence Frank. "You know Vince (Carter) is coming off of two phenomenal performances so I mean he wants to play great every night, but it's just one of those nights where his shot wasn't falling and you know that's part of it (the game)."
Carter's fadeaway jumper gave the Nets a 10-4 lead, but the Raptors countered with an 20-2 run, which began with an Parker free throw. His trey moments later put the Raptors ahead 12-10 and Morris Peterson's jumper capped the surge for a 24-12 margin. Toronto led by a 24-14 count after the opening 12 minutes.
The Nets evened the score with a 12-0 rally, spanning the first and second quarters. New Jersey's bench got them back in the contest as Marcus Williams and Adams each netted four during the streak, tying the game at 24.
Even at 28-28, the Raptors finished the half on a 17-7 spurt, capped by Graham's emphatic slam as time expired for a 45-35 advantage.
Nesterovic's turnaround jumper gave Toronto a 49-41 lead, but the Nets tallied six of the next 10 points, including four from Carter, narrowing the gap to 53-47.
The Raptors led 64-56 heading into the final frame, but New Jersey began the period with a 9-2 rally, highlighted by Mikki Moore's circus three-point play, cutting the deficit to 66-65.
Leading 70-69, Toronto reeled off a 14-3 burst, culminating with Ford's elbow jumper, extending the lead to 84-72 with 2:53 to play.
The Nets never made a game of it after that.
New Jersey is 1-10 when scoring under 100 points...Peterson scored 11 points while Jorge Garbajosa ended with 10 points and seven boards...New Jersey's Nenad Krstic had 11 points and 10 rebounds...Toronto shot 44.6 percent from the floor, while the Nets connected on a paltry 39 percent of their shots from the field, including 3-of-18 from beyond the arc...Toronto's Fred Jones left the game in the second quarter with a left calf contusion and didn't return.
12/15 23:04:01 ET