NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 20th (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (15-8) at New Jersey Nets (11-12), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets target their season-high third consecutive win this evening when they close a four-game homestand against the Los Angeles Clippers at Continental Airlines Arena.
On Sunday, Vince Carter scored 25 points to lead New Jersey past Golden State, 118-90.
Jason Kidd contributed 24 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds for the Nets, who have won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Richard Jefferson and Nenad Krstic both netted 17 points in the win.
The game was never close, courtesy of New Jersey's hot shooting. The Nets hit a season-high 46 field goals and connected on 58 percent of their shots, which included a 10-of-20 effort from three-point range.
Carter was 10-of-15 from the field while Kidd went 10-of-17.
The Nets, who will hit the road for three games after tonight's affair, are 6-6 at home this season.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, enters tonight's affair on a winning note after Sam Cassell led a balanced attack with 22 points and dished out eight assists, as the Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets, 89-81, at Staples Center.
Elton Brand continued his MVP-caliber season with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Cuttino Mobley tallied 18 points for the Clippers, who snapped a season- high three-game losing streak.
Chris Wilcox scored 11 points and tied a career-high with 13 boards in the victory.
The Clips continue to play without the injured Corey Maggette, who has missed the last six games with a sprained left foot. Maggette will likely sit again tonight, but could return at some point during the team's current three-game road trip.
Los Angeles, which will also visit Indiana and Charlotte on the swing, is 5-6 away from this season.
The Nets split their two-game season series with the Clips last year, but have won three of four and eight of the last 10 matchups. LA has also struggled in the Garden State, where it has lost six straight and 12 of its last 14.
12/20 10:17:31 ET