Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/30

Game 1: Friday, December 30th
Game 2: Monday, February 27th
Game 3: Friday, March 31st
Game 4: Tuesday, April 4th

Hawks 91

(7-21, 2-14 away)

Nets 99

(17-12, 9-6 home)

7:30 PM ET, December 30, 2005

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
ATL 19 23 32 1791
NJ 20 28 26 2599

Top Performers

Atl: A. Harrington 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

NJ: V. Carter 37 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

Carter pours in 37 as Nets wear down Hawks

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets have six days off to savor their current eight-game winning streak.

In a scheduling quirk, the Nets don't play again until they host Orlando on Jan. 6. Vince Carter scored 37 points and reserve guard Jacque Vaughn had six late in the fourth quarter to give the Nets a 99-91 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

"It gives all your nagging injuries a chance to heal a little faster," Carter said. "Everybody deserves it. Everybody is committed to this team. We've turned things around."

Richard Jefferson had 21 points, and shot 11-of-13 from the free-throw line for the Nets, whose streak is fourth-longest in franchise history and six short of the record set in 2003-04. Jason Kidd also scored 21 points and added nine assists.

Al Harrington had 26 points for Atlanta. Joe Johnson had 20 and Tyronn Lue 18 for the Hawks, who lost their third straight.

"I don't have any complaints with our crew," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson. "They are playing hard and we have been in every game we've played this year."

It was a close game throughout with 25 lead changes and wasn't decided until Vaughn gave the Nets the lead for good -- at 85-84 -- with a jumper with 4:53 remaining.

"Our best players trusted that I would shoot the ball and knock down shots," Vaughn said. "It feels good and builds a team kinship that helps us now and down the line."

Carter followed with a layup to give New Jersey a three-point lead.

Trailing 48-42 at halftime, Atlanta opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run to take a 51-50 lead on Johnson's 3-pointer with 8:59 remaining.

The Hawks, one of the NBA's best 3-point shooting teams, had four more 3s in the quarter -- three by Harrington.

The Nets had their own 3-point weapon in Carter who had three among his 15 points in the quarter. The period ended with Jefferson sinking a buzzer-beating 3 to tie the score at 74.

In the end, the Nets veteran experience prevailed over the Hawks youthful enthusiasm.

"We are right there, right before we can consistently win night in and night out" Harrington said. "If we continue to play with the same effort, we'll be fine."

Game notes

Nets C Nenad Krstic went to the locker room with 55.3 seconds left in first half after a hard fall after colliding with Atlanta's Zaza Pachulia. He jammed his left wrist, which was bandaged when he returned to start the second half. He scored only 2 points and went to a local hospital after the game for precautionary x-rays. ...The Nets have won four in a row from the Hawks and eight straight from Atlanta in New Jersey. ... Carter hit the 30-point mark for the seventh time this season.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 91 99
FGM-FGA 31-70 (.443) 32-63 (.508)
3PM-3PA 10-20 (.500) 11-22 (.500)
FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 24-30 (.800)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-35 4-31
Assists 16 24
Turnovers 16 12
Steals 4 5
Blocks 0 5
Fast Break Points 4 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 22 (3/0)
Largest Lead 5 11

Top Performers

New Jersey
Al Harrington Harrington
Points: 26
Reb: 6
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Vince Carter Carter
Points: 37
Reb: 4
Ast: 4
Stl: 2
Blk: 0