EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) - The New Jersey Nets try
to improve to 4-0 in the weak Atlantic Division when they face
the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
The Nets are one-half game ahead of Toronto for the lead in the
Atlantic but just two games ahead of the Celtics, whom they have
beaten four times in a row.
The Nets and Celtics' last loss both came at the hands of the
red-hot Phoenix Suns, who have won nine in a row.
In what very well could be the best regular season game of the
year, New Jersey absorbed a 161-157 double-overtime setback
Thursday. Jason Kidd tied icon Wilt Chamberlain for third place
with 78 career triple-doubles. Kidd finished with a
season-high 38 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists.
Boston was handed its fifth straight loss, a 116-111 setback
Friday. Paul Pierce netted 36 points and Tony Allen and Ryan
Gomes both added 18 for the Celtics, who allowed the Suns to
shoot 71 percent (15-of-21) in the closing period.
This opens a three-game road trip for Boston against all