Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Wednesday, November 10th
Game 2: Monday, February 7th
Game 3: Wednesday, March 2nd
Game 4: Sunday, April 17th

76ers 97

(23-25, 10-17 away)

Nets 107

(21-27, 12-9 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:30 PM ET, February 7, 2005

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    PHI 26 21 33 13 497
    NJ 25 29 19 20 14107

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: W. Green 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Jersey: V. Carter 43 Pts, 14 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Blk

    Vince joins 10,000 points club; Sixers lose in OT

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J, (AP) -- Vince Carter had a unique triple-double, a season-high 43 points, hitting the 10,000-point plateau and the big baskets that helped the New Jersey Nets beat to Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

    "He was amazing," Jason Kidd said after the Nets rallied to beat the 76ers 107-97 in overtime. "He was great tonight. He made shots early, he made shots in between and he had a big shot to tie the game on a three-point play. He covered the whole board tonight."

    Carter, who become the 264th NBA player to reach 10,000 points, scored the Nets' final five points in regulation to force the overtime and he hit a franchise-record tying seventh 3-pointer early in the extra period to put New Jersey ahead for good.

    Carter didn't know he had reached the 10,000 points until the Nets announced it.

    "Once I heard it, I said, 'Let's win the game now,' " said Carter, who has had consecutive 40-point games. "It was a good feeling."

    Kidd recorded his 62nd career triple-double, finishing with 22 points, a season-high 16 assists and 11 rebounds in leading the Nets to their season-best fifth straight win at home and their eighth in 11 games. Ron Mercer added 14 points, all in the fourth quarter and the overtime.

    "I have seen what he can do as an opponent," Kidd said of Carter. "Now as a teammate, he is everything I thought he could be. The future is very bright once people understand he is back and playing at a very high level."

    The win against a 76ers' team that was without an ailing Allen Iverson came a lot harder than expected, especially after Carter made things look so easy scoring 27 first-half points.

    New Jersey overcame an eight-point deficit with 5:46 to play, and survived a 28-point effort by Iverson's replacement, Willie Green, who also missed a last-second shot at the buzzer in regulation.

    Green hit a jumper early in the overtime to give Philadelphia a 95-93 lead, but Carter, who had only three points in the third quarter, gave New Jersey a 96-95 lead with 3:48 to play with his last 3-pointer.

    "The team has a lot of confidence in me to make things happen," said Carter, who was 14-of-32, including 7-of-16 from 3-point range to go along with a season-high 14 rebounds."

    Mercer added a jumper with 3:08 to go and Kidd drive for a layup with 2:35 to play and New Jersey pulled away to move within two games of second-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division.

    Kenny Thomas added 21 points for the 76ers, and Kyle Korver had 11 points, including three 3-pointers in the third quarter when Philadelphia rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to take a seven point lead entering the final quarter.

    However, the Sixers scored just two baskets in the final 10:44 of regulation and overtime in losing for the second time in six games.

    "This was a game we had control of for the most part, and we let it slip away at the end," said Green, who did not play in two of the 76ers last four games because of a coach's decision. "You can't do that in this league."

    The Sixers led by eight points three times in the fourth quarter, the last time on Corliss Williamson's 5-footer with 5:46 to go.

    However, that would be the Sixers' final basket in regulation.

    Carter, who also had a season-high 14 rebounds, got the Nets to 92-90 with a spinning layup with 2:03 to play, a basket that allowed him to reach the 10,000-point plateau.

    Williamson pushed the lead to three points with a free throw seconds later, but Carter eventually tied it with a three-point play with 1:05 to go.

    Both teams had several chances to take the lead. Carter was blocked on a drive with about 20 seconds to play and Green missed a jumper at the buzzer, forcing the overtime.

    Carter had 27 points in the first half in helping the Nets take a 54-47 lead. The All-Star was 9-of-17 from the field, matching his season high for a game with five 3-pointers in the half alone.

    Game notes

    The Sixers are 1-5 in six games without Iverson, who was sent home after throwing up all night . ... Carter has scored at least 20 points in 16 of 23 games with New Jersey. ... Carter's previous season high was 41 against Detroit on Saturday. He is the first Nets to have consecutive 40-point games since Super John Williamson in 1978. ... Kidd set the Nets' single-game 3-point record last week against Boston. ... Carter also got a technical foul. ... The Sixers missed a chance to reach the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 26.

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