NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Atlanta
(Wednesday, February 7th)
Final Score: New Jersey 87, Atlanta 85
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Vince Carter's driving layup with 7.6 seconds left in regulation was the difference as New Jersey escaped with an 87-85 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena.
Carter, who finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, added the final point after grabbing the rebound from Jeremy Richardson's last-chance jumper for Atlanta.
Mikki Moore posted 19 points and pulled down six boards while Eddie House scored 16 points off the bench for the Nets, who snapped a four-game losing skid. Jason Kidd donated nine points, dished out nine assists and pulled down seven rebounds in the win.
"The percentages were in our favor tonight," Kidd said. "All we needed was someone to step up and knock down a shot so we could go home with a win."
New Jersey finished 46 percent from the field.
Josh Smith poured in 20 points with nine boards for the Hawks, who have dropped three of their last four. Marvin Williams added 19 points and nine rebounds while Joe Johnson and Zaza Pachulia each contributed 10 points in defeat.
"We jumped on them early, so it's kind of our fault because we didn't keep the pressure on them," Smith said. "We let them back in the game, and they took advantage of it."
Trailing 82-76 with 2:56 left in the fourth quarter, Atlanta cut to within one after five points from Williams. Carter then responded a minute later with an alley-oop dunk to put New Jersey up 84-81.
A pair of Williams free throws made it a one-point contest, but Johnson's tip- in with 14.5 seconds remaining gave Atlanta an 85-84 edge.
Carter, though, followed up with a clutch layup before Richardson's jumper rimmed out.
The Hawks, down by four midway through the first, closed the quarter on a 14-2 run -- capped by Smith's driving layup -- for a 20-12 edge.
Atlanta led by as many as 11 in the second, but Carter nailed a dunk at the end of the frame to cut New Jersey's deficit to 40-36 at halftime.
In the third, the Nets fought back and took the lead when Kidd broke a 51-51 game by hitting a jumper with 5:20 remaining. Then, with just under one minute left, Bostjan Nachbar's dunk gave New Jersey a 61-57 edge entering the fourth.
Josh Childress had nine points with nine boards for the Hawks...Atlanta shot 37 percent from the floor and converted on just 2-of-13 (15.4 percent) from three-point range...New Jersey shot 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from beyond the arc...The Nets have won seven of nine and 10 of the last 13 meetings.
02/07 23:34:00 ET