Tony Parker scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter,
and the Spurs took over after Bowen got Carter so angry that he
picked up a second technical foul with 9:45 to go in San Antonio's
101-91 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Friday night.
"That's probably the only way they would have stopped Vince
tonight," Nets guard Jason Kidd said of Carter's 43-point
performance in 37 minutes. "He was really rolling."
The end for Carter came after he missed a jumper from the left
wing. As he came down, Bowen got under him and they tangled legs,
with Carter falling to the court.
Carter, whose season was nearly ended last year when Bowen
undercut him and caused an ankle injury, was visibly annoyed. He
screamed at the Spurs' forward and walked menacingly toward him.
Referee Courtney Kirkland got between the players, but the
officiating crew was suddenly faced with a tough decision. They had
given both players technicals in the third quarter for pushing off
on an out-of-bounds play, and this one seemingly demanded another.
After conferring, Carter got his second technical. He pulled off
his shirt and walked off the court in disgust. It was the first
time he was ejected from a game at any level.
"He was trying to pull, grab and hold me the whole game,"
Carter said. "It didn't bother me, so I don't know what their plan
or idea was. I know my goal was to go out there and be aggressive
and play to win."
Bowen said all that happened was the two got tangled.
"I don't know what to say. I felt like he tried to trip me,"
said Bowen, one of the NBA's top defenders. "That's how I feel. I
haven't seen the replay but that's what I felt."
Nets coach Lawrence Frank said that the officials should have
been aware of the history between the two players. Kidd said
calling a double foul would have been the right call.
"I felt it was a little more than needed out there and I
reacted," Carter said.
"If he did come with a grudge, then he's worried about the
wrong things," Bowen said.
The Nets, who had led by as many as 16 points, were suddenly in
trouble clinging to a 72-67 lead.
"I thought the momentum had changed even when he was on the
court," Parker said of Carter. "It changed the beginning of the
fourth quarter. We had a couple of steals and we cut the lead. It
didn't hurt but we were already back in the game."
New Jersey got within a point twice, the last time on a jumper
by Ron Mercer with 1:08 to go.
However, Parker hit a big 3-pointer with 46.9 seconds to go and
he added four free throws down the stretch as San Antonio closed
the game with a 9-0 run.
"It was big for us," said Spurs center Tim Duncan, who had 16
points and 15 rebounds. "They lose a guy who was seemingly making
every shot. They had to go somewhere else to try and find a way to
get it done. It was a big boost for us."
Ginobili had 17 points on 4-of-12 shooting.
New Jersey's Nenad Krstic matched his career high with 17
points. Kidd had 11 points.
Carter scored 24 points in the first half and the Spurs shot 25
percent from the field as the Nets took a 40-32 halftime lead.
Carter was 10-of-17 from the field from the field in the half,
and there was a point with 5:16 to go in the second quarter where
his 20 points were two fewer than the Spurs' total.
The Spurs are 4-1 on their seven-game road trip. ... San
Antonio is 17-3 vs. the Eastern Conference. ... The Nets have lost
four straight against San Antonio. ... Frank was happy to hear that
former Net Alonzo Mourning and the Raptors reached an agreement on
a contract buyout. "It's great for Alonzo. Alonzo is a special
person," Frank said. "All things work out for a reason and I hope
he gets what he wants." ... San Antonio is 21-0 when it scores 100
points. ... Kidd picked up his 7,000 career assist on the Nets'