Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/6

Game 1: Monday, December 6th
Game 2: Sunday, December 19th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 22nd
Game 4: Friday, April 15th

Raptors 100

(22-32, 5-21 away)

Nets 82

(23-31, 14-12 home)

7:30 PM ET, February 22, 2005

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
TOR 19 24 28 29100
NJ 21 22 21 1882

Top Performers

Tor: J. Rose 30 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

NJ: J. Kidd 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

Vince goes 8-for-25 from field; Raptors' Rose scores 30

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The last thing Vince Carter needed to see in his first game against his former team was a well-rested Jalen Rose.

Carter struggled in his first game against the team that traded him to New Jersey earlier this season, missing 17 of 25 shots while being outplayed by Rose in the Toronto Raptors' 100-82 victory over the Nets on Tuesday night.

Rose shot 12-for-15, scored 30 points and did a fine defensive job on Carter, who seemed to be pressing in a game he acknowledged meant a lot to him. Rose led the Raptors on a 14-4 run early in the fourth quarter, and New Jersey never recovered.

"He probably was a little tired from All-Star weekend. While he was running up and down the court throwing it off the backboard, I was laying on the beach drinking a fruity drink with an umbrella," Rose said. "So I probably gave myself an unfair advantage on that one."

Chris Bosh had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Milt Palacio added 13 points for Toronto, which had six players in double figures.

Carter scored 22 points, and Jason Kidd added 20 for the Nets, who had no one else in double figures.

Carter seemed loose before the game as he discussed last weekend's slam dunk contest won by Josh Smith of Atlanta. Carter said he has a dunk in his repertoire that no one had seen yet, a specialty he plans to keep under wraps until the next time he enters the dunk contest.

But once the game began, Carter missed several drives, was off-target with his jumper, committed four turnovers and missed four free throws.

"It's disappointing, the way we played. I think we've played better," Carter said. "It's always a concern coming out of the All-Star break how your team makes its comeback after the break. It looked OK early, it got worse the rest of the night."

Toronto led 71-64 after three quarters, getting 20 points from Rose on 8-for-10 shooting. Carter was 6-for-20 for 15 points.

Rose had a 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter as the shot clock expired before Carter came up with his lone highlight-reel move of the night, spinning 360 degrees as he drove beneath the basket before spinning in a reverse layup.

But Rose answered by driving around Carter for a layup, then stealing the ball from Carter as he was double-teamed. The steal led to a 3-pointer by Donyell Marshall that made it 79-66, and Carter followed by missing a running jumper to make the Nets 1-for-9 in the period.

"I won't say it was necessarily a personal challenge, but it was a reason to come out and want to play well. In Toronto, definitely all eyes were on this game," Rose said. "Being the leader of the team, I tried to lead the pack."

Carter fouled Marshall on a 3-point attempt with 5:09 left, and Marshall made two of the free throws for a 17-point lead.

That was it for the Nets, who were without starting center Nenad Krstic (viral infection) and Rodney Buford (left ankle), leaving them with only 10 players in uniform, one of whom, Jabari Smith, made his first career start.

"It's disheartening," Kidd said. "We all know what the picture is. We're chasing two teams, not one. If this is the way we're going to play, I'll sit down and give the young guys some time. There's no need to waste our energy if everybody's not going to show up."

Game notes

Bosh, 20, became the third-youngest NBA player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career rebounds. Only Kevin Garnett and Tracy McGrady reached the plateau at a younger age. ... Krstic has a viral infection, and the team was worried he had mononucleosis before tests came back negative. "Hopefully antibiotics and rest will be the cure," coach Lawrence Frank said. Krstic will miss Wednesday night's game at Milwaukee, and Rodney Buford (left ankle) also will sit out against the Bucks. "He's not ready to roll," Frank said. We'll give him two more days and see where he's at."

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 100 82
FGM-FGA 36-75 (.480) 31-83 (.373)
3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 4-15 (.267)
FTM-FTA 20-25 (.800) 16-25 (.640)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-48 12-43
Assists 20 18
Turnovers 17 17
Steals 9 9
Blocks 6 4
Fast Break Points 11 15
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
Largest Lead 20 9

Top Performers

New Jersey
Jalen Rose Rose
Points: 30
Reb: 8
Ast: 1
Stl: 1
Blk: 1
Jason Kidd Kidd
Points: 20
Reb: 7
Ast: 8
Stl: 1
Blk: 0