Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/2

Game 1: Saturday, December 2nd
Game 2: Monday, February 5th
Game 3: Sunday, March 4th
Game 4: Saturday, March 31st

76ers 107

(5-10, 2-8 away)

Nets 112

(7-9, 4-4 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 2, 2006

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 26 23 25 33107
    NJ 24 32 29 27112

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: A. Iverson 37 Pts, 3 Reb, 10 Ast, 5 Stl

    New Jersey: V. Carter 41 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast

    Carter's season-high 41 power hot-shooting Nets' win

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Jason Kidd and Vince Carter seemingly didn't care that the New Jersey Nets almost squandered an eight-point lead in the final 24 seconds. Winning a couple in a row makes every thing right.

    Elias Says
    New Jersey Nets
    Jason Kidd had 13 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the Nets' 112-107 victory over the 76ers in New Jersey. Kidd narrowly missed tying Wilt Chamberlain (78) for third place on the all-time triple-double list. It was the 11th time Kidd had double figures in exactly one major statistical category (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) and exactly nine in two others. That moved him ahead of Larry Bird (10) and Magic Johnson (10) for the most such "near-miss" triple doubles in NBA history. Four of Kidd's near-misses have come since the start of the 2005-06 season. Boris Diaw (2) is the only player with more than one over that span.

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    The same couldn't be said for Allen Iverson down the hall in the Philadelphia 76ers locker room. Losing is a downer.

    Carter scored a season-high 41 points and Kidd had 13 assists as the Nets held off the 76ers on Saturday night, posting a 112-107 victory, for their second straight win after six consecutive losses.

    "It's good to get our swagger back and gain confidence as a unit," Carter said.

    Kidd was smiling just as wide despite missing his 78th career triple-double by one point and one rebound. It would have tied him with Wilt Chamberlain for third best overall.

    "I think winning becomes contagious and anytime you win the locker room is more soulful and a little more joyful, maybe not because it's the holiday, but winning can help," said Kidd, who also had nine points and nine rebounds. "Everybody who played contributed tonight and that's what we are going to need."

    Richard Jefferson added 24 points and Nenad Krstic had 20 for the Nets.

    Iverson scored 37 points and rookie Rodney Carney added a career-high 20 in his first NBA start as Philadelphia lost its sixth straight road game. Chris Webber returned to the 76ers lineup after missing six games with a back problem and had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

    "I just have to get back to having fun out there," Iverson said after Philadelphia lost for the 10th time in 12 games after opening the season 3-0.

    "It's tough so far," he added. "We have a 5-10 records and, at time, things are getting real frustrating and it's coming into the game. It's hard to play basketball when you are not having fun, because it's a fun game and it's something I want to do everyday of my life."

    The Nets, who led by 11 points entering the final quarter, didn't put the 76ers away until Carter hit four free throws in the final four seconds. Philadelphia had drawn to within 108-107 on a three-point play by Iverson with 4.3 seconds to go.

    "For him, it was 41 quiet points," Kidd said of Carter. "It's something we can't always count on. He makes the game easy for everyone else."

    New Jersey seemingly was in control in the final minute when Jefferson hit one of two free throws for a 107-99 lead with 23.4 seconds to play.

    However, Webber sandwiched a layup and 3-point shot around two missed free throws by Kidd to cut the lead to 107-104 with 9.7 seconds to play.

    After Jefferson hit a free throw, Iverson converted his three-point play but it wasn't enough for the 76ers.

    "Nobody panicked," Kidd said. "We're a veteran ball club. We didn't finish it on a high note but we finished the game and got the win."

    Carter hit 15-of-22 from the field on a night that the All-Star guard gave New Jersey a scare with a hard fall in the third quarter after being fouled by Webber on a fastbreak. The eight-year veteran held his right wrist for a couple of seconds and then created more concern getting up and missing badly on the first of his two free throws.

    After holding his wrist for a second, Carter made the second free throw and then hit 5-of-8 shots from the field the rest of the quarter to score 14 points and help the Nets built an 11-point cushion.

    Game notes

    Philadelphia forward Kyle Korver had a streak of playing in 205 consecutive games snapped when he sat out with a sprained left ankle. He was hurt in practice on Friday. He last missed a game on Feb. 19, 2004. ... Iverson has scored at least 15 points in 143 straight games. ... Nets G Eddie House (knee surgery) and rookie F Josh Boone (shoulder) made their first appearances this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 107 112
    FGM-FGA 38-93 (.409) 42-86 (.488)
    3PM-3PA 1-10 (.100) 6-16 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 30-35 (.857) 22-33 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-50 14-46
    Assists 19 28
    Turnovers 12 14
    Steals 11 3
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 18 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 15

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 37
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 41
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0