Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/22

Game 1: Saturday, December 22nd
Warriors95Final
Nets100
Game 2: Thursday, January 24th
Nets119Final
Warriors121

Warriors 95

(15-12, 8-7 away)

Nets 100

(12-15, 6-10 home)

    Coverage: YES

    7:30 PM ET, December 22, 2007

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 17 28 27 2395
    NJ 27 25 28 20100

    Top Performers

    Golden State: M. Ellis 19 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Jersey: R. Jefferson 31 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast

    Nets' win extends home winning streak vs. Warriors to 10

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's Big Three came up big in the end, and also got some help inside from Josh Boone.

    Richard Jefferson scored 31 points, Jason Kidd collected his 94th career triple-double and the Nets beat the Golden State Warriors 100-95 on Saturday night.

    Vince Carter finished with 23 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 24.6 seconds left, for the Nets, who led by 14 in the first half and needed some clutch plays from their Big Three to get the win.

    New Jersey also got a strong effort from Boone, who finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Boone is averaging 12 points in his last five games, three starts.

    "He's pretty much the difference that I can see," Kidd said. "Since he's been starting, he's been very consistent and we need that. He's a a lot of things all around."

    Boone said he's gaining confidence with each game.

    "My teammates trust me and that helps my intensity level," he said. "I'm trying not to be too hard on myself."

    New Jersey was trailing 95-94 when Carter made a 3 from the left corner with 2 seconds remaining on the shot clock to put the Nets in front again.

    It was the second straight night that Carter hit a clutch 3-pointer in the closing seconds to lead his team to a victory, having accomplished the same thing in an overtime win over Miami on Friday night.

    "With the way things were going for us, we've proven that we can't let the pressure get to us," said Carter, who also had 12 rebounds against the Warriors. "Now that we got two wins, we have to keep pushing and moving forward."

    Kidd, who finished with 15 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, made two free throws with 22.1 seconds left to seal the victory.

    Stephen Jackson had 21 points for Golden State. Monta Ellis added 19 and Andris Biedrins had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

    "There's really not much to say," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We weren't very good tonight. We didn't hit shots or play very well. We continue to dig ourselves into a hole in the first quarter and then try to dig ourselves out of it."

    The win was the Nets' 10th straight over the Warriors at home.

    The Nets led by as many as 14 in the first half but the Warriors cut the lead to 52-45 at the break.

    Ellis scored the first four points after halftime but the Nets responded with five straight in a span of 14 seconds, with Jefferson scoring on a drive and Kidd nailing a long 3-pointer to push the lead back up to 57-49.

    Biedrins' rebound basket gave Golden State a 95-92 lead with 3:12 left but that was the last points for the Warriors.

    Jefferson converted a layup and the two teams exchanged turnovers before Carter's shot.

    Al Harrington was whistled for an offensive foul on Golden State's next possession and Kidd made two free throws.

    Game notes


    Kidd's 11 rebounds gives him 6,538 career boards, just 21 shy of surpassing Magic Johnson for fourth place career among NBA guards in rebounds. "I'm just getting better with age," Kidd joked about his rebounding prowess. ... The Warriors will enter the Christmas break at least two games over .500 for the first time since the 1993-94 season, when they were 18-14 at the holiday break en route to a 50-32 record.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    NJ
    Points 95 100
    FGM-FGA 34-88 (.386) 35-83 (.422)
    3PM-3PA 6-25 (.240) 6-19 (.316)
    FTM-FTA 21-25 (.840) 24-40 (.600)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-23 17-38
    Assists 16 26
    Turnovers 16 22
    Steals 6 10
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 13 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/1) 26 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 3 14

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    New Jersey
    Monta Ellis Ellis
    Points: 19
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 31
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0