Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/25

Game 1: Thursday, November 25th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 30th

Clippers 78

(32-40, 7-27 away)

Nets 95


    7:30 PM ET, March 30, 2005

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 25 13 25 1578
    NJ 28 24 31 1295

    Top Performers

    LAC: R. Brunson 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast

    NJ: V. Carter 31 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kidd shut out in first half

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Vince Carter and Jason Kidd applied the pressure early, and the New Jersey Nets never let up in a victory they needed to keep their playoff hopes alive.

    Most 30-point games after switching teams midseason
    '71-72 Archie Clark, BAL 19
    '04-05 Vince Carter, NJ 18
    '99-00 Larry Hughes, GS 7
    '69-70 Happy Hairston, LAL 7
    '67-68 Flynn Robinson, CHI 7

    Carter scored 31 points and Kidd had eight points and 13 assists Wednesday night in a 95-78 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

    "Our intensity came out, right off the bat," Kidd said. "We followed Vince, and Vince was awesome tonight."

    Nenad Krstic added 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Brian Scalabrine scored 12 and Jacque Vaughn 10 as the Nets won for the seventh time in nine games. New Jersey -- trying to break into the top eight in the East -- remained 10th in the conference, a half-game behind Orlando.

    "From where we started, making the playoffs would be great with all the ups and downs we've had all season," Kidd said. "Our goal is to make the playoffs, no matter what seed. We just want to get in."

    Corey Maggette led the Clippers with 17 points as Los Angeles lost its third straight and extended its road losing streak to five. Rick Brunson had 13 and Shaun Livingston 10.

    The Nets led 52-38 at the half before the Clippers made a push to start the third quarter. Los Angeles connected on its first four shots as Maggette, Marko Jaric, Livingston and Elton Brand scored to trim New Jersey's lead to 54-46.

    Carter, as he did all game, stepped up by making a 3-pointer to restore a double-digit advantage.

    "He's very physical and incredibly athletic and he's kind of on a roll right now," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said of Carter. "He's a tough matchup for us."

    The Clippers remained within range until Kidd, who did not score in the first half, got his first points on consecutive 3-pointers to give the Nets a 69-54 lead. New Jersey went on to build an 83-63 advantage after three quarters.

    "The Nets are fighting hard," Brand said. "It didn't seem like we were playing for anything."

    Carter and Kidd got the Nets rolling with a 13-4 lead as Carter scored seven points and Kidd had five assists. The final basket of the run was a spectacular dunk by Carter as Kidd laid the ball high off the glass for the alley-oop.

    "I was just running, always looking and trying to react," Carter said. "Jason is great with his ability to do so many things. He plays with a high basketball IQ and makes everybody better."

    The Clippers cut the Nets' lead to three at the end of the quarter, 28-25. Maggette paced the Clippers with eight points in the period.

    Carter came out firing to start the second period, scoring the first seven points, and the Clippers wilted. New Jersey extended its lead to 52-38 at the half as Carter led the way with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Kidd, even with no points, still had a major impact with nine assists.

    Game notes

    Veteran forward Cliff Robinson, usually one of Nets coach Lawrence Frank's first options off the bench, wore a bandage around his midsection to support his back following a flareup of a chronic problem. "He stiffened up this morning during shoot-around," Frank said. "We'll have to read it during the game and see how much he plays." Robinson had seven points in 13 minutes. ... Clippers swingman Bobby Simmons (lower left leg contusion) and guard Quinton Ross (back spasms) missed the game. Los Angeles starting center Chris Kaman left after eight minutes with a lower back strain ... The Nets play their final 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents. ... The Clippers played their third of seven straight road games. .. The Nets extended their home winning streak against the Clippers to six. ... Carter scored 30 or more points for the 18th time as a Net. ... The Nets are 23-11 when Krstic scores 10 or more points. ... The Nets, led by Kidd, had a season high 34 assists.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 95
    FGM-FGA 27-64 (.422) 41-86 (.477)
    3PM-3PA 6-14 (.429) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 18-22 (.818) 8-9 (.889)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-31 12-38
    Assists 17 34
    Turnovers 22 17
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 5 1
    Fast Break Points 6 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 24

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    New Jersey
    Rick Brunson Brunson
    Points: 13
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 31
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0