Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/11

Game 1: Friday, February 11th
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Nets91
Game 2: Tuesday, March 8th
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Spurs 101

(40-11, 17-10 away)

Nets 91

(21-29, 12-11 home)

    Coverage: FSSW

    7:30 PM ET, February 11, 2005

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 13 19 27 42101
    NJ 22 18 31 2091

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Parker 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl

    NJ: V. Carter 43 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Parker scores 17 of his 27 in the fourth as Spurs take control

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Bruce Bowen and the San Antonio Spurs couldn't get Vince Carter off his game, so they did the next best thing -- they got him kicked out.

    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."

    The Spurs took the lead for good at 88-82 on consecutive 3-pointers by Brent Barry and Manu Ginobili with 4:12 to go.

    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.

    Game notes


    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' final basket.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SA
    NJ
    Points 101 91
    FGM-FGA 32-73 (.438) 33-76 (.434)
    3PM-3PA 9-14 (.643) 6-13 (.462)
    FTM-FTA 28-40 (.700) 19-26 (.731)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-49 4-33
    Assists 24 17
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 3 7
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 5 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (3/0) 33 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 10 16

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    New Jersey
    Tony Parker Parker
    Points: 27
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 43
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1