NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at New Jersey
(Saturday, March 31st)
Final Score: New Jersey 86, Philadelphia 82
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Vince Carter scored 19 points, including 13 in the decisive third quarter as the New Jersey Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 86-82, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Richard Jefferson chipped in 14 points and Jason Kidd donated 12 points and eight assists for the Nets, who have won three of their last four games.
New Jersey is now 2 1/2 games ahead of the idle Indiana Pacers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Andre Miller finished with 14 points and 12 assists and Samuel Dalembert had 12 points with 10 rebounds for the 76ers, who had won three of their last four games coming in. Joe Smith added 14 points and nine boards and Andre Iguodala registered 13 points for Philadelphia, which fell five games behind the Nets with just nine games to go.
Carter, who played only 7 1/2 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, took over in the third quarter. With his team down 49-42, Carter scored nine straight points, giving the Nets a 51-49 edge with just under 5 1/2 minutes to go in the frame.
Iguodala then tied it with a jumper but Mikki Moore put New Jersey up for good with a three-point play on the ensuing possession, which gave the Nets a 54-51 lead with a little over four minutes left in the third.
New Jersey which led 61-57 heading into the final stanza, pulled away with a 14-3 run, highlighted by Kidd three, putting the Nets ahead, 75-62, with 6:10 to go.
"They made shots down the stretch that opened up the game," said 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks. "Jason Kidd didn't make a shot for a while then he made a big three. That's the type of player he is."
The the lead reached its peak at 14, 77-63 after two Jefferson free throws with 5:46 showing on the clock.
The 76ers scored the final nine points of the contest but it was too little, too late and Lawrence Frank won his franchise-high 150th game as New Jersey head coach.
"Not to diminish anything but anytime as a coach when something like that happens it's very much a reflection on your players, staff, management, and ownership," said Frank. "Obviously we've been a little disappointed with how the year has gone so everything is about team and not individual milestones at this point. We know we need to do better and we know we have to improve."
Philadelphia led 21-17 after 12 minutes and 39-34 at the intermission.
Philadelphia shot just 11-for-22 from the foul line...the 76ers did not make a three until the final buzzer, finishing 1-for-6...The teams split the season series 2-2.
03/31 23:09:11 ET