Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/18

Game 1: Friday, January 18th
Game 2: Saturday, February 2nd
Game 3: Tuesday, March 12th
Game 4: Sunday, April 14th

Nets 77

(26-12, 11-8 away)

Raptors 89

(23-17, 12-7 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 18, 2002

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 24 12 25 1677
    TOR 20 23 23 2389

    Top Performers

    NJ: J. Kidd 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    Tor: V. Carter 23 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Raptors win third straight, end Nets' streak

    TORONTO (AP) -- Vince Carter and the Toronto Raptors showed the New Jersey Nets they're one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, too.

    Vince Carter


    Vince Carter gets one of his six rebounds and scores two of his 23 points in one smooth motion.

    Carter scored 23 points, including six straight late in the fourth quarter, as Toronto ended New Jersey's six-game winning streak with an 89-77 victory Friday night.

    "I looked at it as a chance for us to play one of the better teams in the league," Carter said. "It was a big win."

    Antonio Davis added 17 points, Dell Curry had 15 and Keon Clark had 13 rebounds and 10 points for the Raptors, who have won three straight and five of six.

    Jason Kidd had 19 points and eight assists for the Nets, who were trying for their longest winning streak in 18 years. New Jersey leads the Eastern Conference with a 26-12 record, but they were held to a season-low in points.

    "We had a bad game," Kidd said. "We didn't act like we had won six in a row. It looked like we had lost six in a row."

    The Raptors led by as many as 12 in the third quarter, but Kidd, who scored 10 points in the fourth, converted a three-point play to narrow the deficit to three with 8:36 remaining.

    Curry's 3-pointer gave Toronto a seven-point lead with 6:32 left, but Kidd followed with a 3-pointer.

    Toronto's Alvin Williams made a jumper, and Carter, guarded by Kerry Kittles, made a layup, a tip-in and a long jumper to give Toronto a 10-point lead with 2:12 remaining.

    Carter then passed to Jerome Williams, who converted a three-point play with 1:42 left.

    "That's why they pay Vince $94 million," Clark said. "You're supposed to hit six straight at the end of the game."

    Kidd missed a jumper with a minute left for the Nets, who shot 40 percent from the field.

    Jerome Williams added 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Alvin Williams had 10 points and seven assists for the Raptors.

    "They are a good team. They were one shot away from going to the Eastern Conference finals," Kidd said. "We're trying to get to an elite class, and it's not going to be easy."

    The Nets led by as many as eight points in the first quarter, but Carter scored six straight to narrow the lead to two.

    Toronto outscored New Jersey 23-12 in the second quarter. Carter drove past Kidd for a dunk, giving Toronto a seven-point lead at halftime.

    Game notes
    New Jersey's Keith Van Horn had 13 points and 11 rebounds. ... Alvin Williams recorded his 1000th career assist. ... Actor Michael Douglas and singer Nelly Furtado sat courtside. ... Carter had 14 points in the first half.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 89
    FGM-FGA 32-79 (.405) 34-80 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 3-14 (.214) 3-14 (.214)
    FTM-FTA 10-13 (.769) 18-22 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-39 14-44
    Assists 17 19
    Turnovers 18 18
    Steals 10 12
    Blocks 4 1
    Fast Break Points 23 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/1) 10 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 19
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 23
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0