Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/4

Game 1: Friday, November 4th
Game 2: Saturday, December 3rd
Game 3: Sunday, January 8th
Game 4: Saturday, March 4th

Nets 102

(1-1, 1-0 away)

Raptors 92

(0-2, 0-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 4, 2005

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 27 18 31 26102
    TOR 19 9 29 3592

    Top Performers

    NJ: R. Jefferson 35 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tor: J. Calderon 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Jefferson's double-double lifts Nets over Raptors

    TORONTO (AP) -- Jason Kidd didn't think Richard Jefferson could shoot when he entered the NBA four years ago. He does now.

    Jefferson had 35 points and 11 rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 102-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

    "He couldn't shoot from five feet. Everything was a dunk," Kidd said. "That's not disrespecting him, but he's put in the time and effort in the gym and he showcased that again tonight, and he's going to showcase it throughout the season."

    With Vince Carter often doubled-teamed, Jefferson went 5-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc. He finished 9-for-17 from the field and 12-for-14 from the free throw line.

    "Every year in my career I've tried to get better at something. I've tried to get better at my shooting, and every year my numbers have gone up," said Jefferson, who averaged 9.9 points in his rookie year and 22.2 last season.

    The Nets rebounded from a bad loss to Milwaukee in their season opener on Wednesday, leading by as many as 24 points against Toronto.

    Jefferson was ejected in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game after a scuffle with Milwaukee's Mo Williams.

    "I was disappointed that I was thrown out, but I wasn't out here trying to prove anything," said Jefferson, who had 15 points in the first quarter.

    Carter added 20 points in his second regular-season game in Toronto since being traded to the Nets last December. Fans booed the six-time All-Star every time he touched the ball.

    "It's beautiful. It doesn't bother me at all. I enjoy it," Carter said.

    Rookie Jose Calderon had 20 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who shot 40 percent.

    Toronto's Jalen Rose had eight points, and didn't play in the fourth quarter.

    "Richard Jefferson had a phenomenal game," Rose said. "He was attacking the basket and knocking down shots."

    Kidd's driving layup gave New Jersey a 24-point lead with 7:29 left in the third quarter.

    Toronto's Mike James made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to nine with 7:26 left, but Carter followed with a driving layup before Jefferson made two 3-pointers and two free throws to give New Jersey a 94-79 lead with 4:50 remaining.

    His 3-pointer with 2:27 left made it 100-85.

    "In the last six minutes we played through Vince, he forced double-teams," New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank said.

    Carter agreed when asked whether it was a strange strategy to keep doubling him when Jefferson kept making open shots.

    Jefferson had 12 of New Jersey's first 22 points as the Nets led 22-12 with two minutes left in the first quarter. New Jersey led 45-28 at halftime as Toronto shot 27 percent and was outrebounded 31-14.

    Jefferson's two free throws with 52 seconds left in the first half gave New Jersey a 17-point lead.

    Game notes

    Carter shrugged off his return to Toronto. "It's no big deal after the first one. That's it. I couldn't care less now," he said. ... Fans booed Toronto center Rafael Araujo, who missed two shots badly and picked up two quick fouls in just five minutes. Araujo was the eighth overall pick in the draft two years ago. ... New Jersey outrebounded Toronto 46-35.

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