Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/9

Game 1: Wednesday, November 9th
Game 2: Monday, January 23rd

Jazz 83

(3-2, 2-1 away)

Nets 91

(3-2, 2-1 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:30 PM ET, November 9, 2005

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 24 19 14 2683
    NJ 25 17 30 1991

    Top Performers

    UTAH: A. Kirilenko 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    NJ: R. Jefferson 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl

    Carter scores 21 as Nets cruise past Jazz

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets' Big Three might soon increase by one.

    Nenad Krstic scored a season-high 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting Wednesday night, including two big baskets in the fourth quarter that helped the Nets maintain a double-digit lead in an eventual 91-83 win over Utah.

    New Jersey's talented trio of Vince Carter, Richard Jefferson and Jason Kidd also contributed. Carter scored 21 points, and Jefferson barely missed the second triple-double of his career with 17 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Kidd finished with 11 points and seven assists.

    It was Carter's passing and Krstic's finishing ability that helped the Nets stop a Utah rally in the fourth quarter. With the Jazz whittling a 15-point lead to nine, Carter drove the lane and kicked the ball out to Krstic. The 7-foot center sank a 17-foot jumper to give New Jersey an 82-71 lead with 5:11 left.

    When Deron Williams' 3-pointer pulled the Jazz within eight at 84-76 with 3:36 left, Carter dribbled to the foul line and found Krstic underneath for a reverse layup that pushed the lead back to 10. Utah never got closer than seven points again, and that came with 24 seconds left.

    "He was big," Carter said of the second-year pro from Serbia-Montenegro whose continued development is one of the keys to the Nets' success this season. "He's shooting with confidence and attacking the rim. He's making himself harder to guard because he's a big guy who has pretty good skills in the post, and he can also step out and shoot the ball."

    Krstic is considered the player most likely to benefit from the attention paid to his three more celebrated teammates, and he has taken advantage lately: in his last four games he's shot 22-for-43 (51 percent). He scored 10 of his points in the first quarter Wednesday, four on two dunks off passes by Jefferson and Kidd.

    "Those guys are all great passers," said Krstic, who was drafted by the Nets in 2002 but played in his native country before joining the Nets last season. "They're not selfish. I've played with them enough so that I know how to find the right place to be."

    Utah trailed 49-48 with 8:12 left in the third quarter, but managed only nine points the rest of the period as New Jersey clamped down on defense. When Zoran Planinic swished a 77-foot heave at the buzzer, the Nets' lead had reached 72-57.

    "We forgot about our execution and our scoring inside," said Andrei Kirilenko, who led the Jazz with 18 points. "We just started firing up from outside. That killed us." ^Notes:@ Earlier in the day, New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank was fined $25,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing a referee and refusing to leave the court after the Nets' 90-89 loss at Miami Monday night. Frank was mum before the game about the decision. "That's yesterday's news. We turn the page," he said ... Jefferson's only triple-double came against Houston on March 31, 2003 ... Kidd played in his 300th game for the Nets ... The game was the ninth in which Jason and Jarron Collins, the NBA's only twin brothers, faced each other. They split the first eight.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 91
    FGM-FGA 31-82 (.378) 33-67 (.493)
    3PM-3PA 6-17 (.353) 4-12 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 15-18 (.833) 21-32 (.656)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-39 9-44
    Assists 25 26
    Turnovers 11 14
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 8 16
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (1/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 15

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Andrei Kirilenko Kirilenko
    Points: 18
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 17
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0