Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Friday, November 21st
Nets129Final
OT
Raptors127
Game 2: Friday, December 12th
Raptors101Final
Nets79
Game 3: Monday, December 15th
Nets94Final
Raptors87
Game 4: Wednesday, January 28th
Raptors107Final
Nets106

Raptors 101

(10-12, 5-7 away)

Nets 79

(11-10, 4-7 home)

    Coverage: TSNT

    7:30 PM ET, December 12, 2008

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 24 16 31 30101
    NJ 18 16 19 2679

    Top Performers

    Toronto: C. Bosh 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Jersey: T. Hassell 10 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

    Bosh, Raptors take advantage of cold-shooting Carter, Nets

    Associated Press

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The worst shooting performance of Vince Carter's career allowed interim coach Jay Triano to see more positive signs from the Toronto Raptors.

    Chris Bosh scored 18 points and Toronto capitalized on Carter's 0-for-13 night against his former team to beat the New Jersey Nets 101-79 on Friday, the Raptors' second straight win under Triano.

    Fast Facts

    • The Raptors achieved their second straight win and largest margin of victory of the season.

    • Vince Carter was held scoreless from the field for the first time since 2002 when he was a member of the Raptors.

    • New Jersey falls to 4-7 at home and has lost five of their last seven meetings with Toronto over the past three seasons.

    -- ESPN research

    "We're getting to where we want to be," Triano said. "We really have to clean up our rebounding. The job isn't done on the defensive end until we rebound the basketball. That will come. That's the final part of what we're trying to do. On offense, we're starting to get some flow running the ball. Instead of looking over for plays, run the floor and create on your own."

    Jason Kapono, with four 3-pointers, and Joey Graham each had 16 points for the Raptors, who were outrebounded 50-37. Jose Calderon scored 13 as the Raptors improved to 2-3 under Triano, who replaced Sam Mitchell on Dec. 3.

    Yi Jianlian and Devin Harris led the Nets with 14 apiece, while Bobby Simmons had 12.

    Carter finished with three points. He came in averaging 22.3 points before the first game in his career that he failed to make a shot from the field when playing at least 10 minutes.

    Carter skipped his usual postgame press conference, leaving it to others to explain his night.

    "Unfortunately, you have nights like that," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "It's just one of those things where they have everyone in the paint, so they're giving you the jump shot. It's not just him. We couldn't buy a shot."

    The Nets shot only 26-of-83 from the field (31 percent).

    "Our defensive schemes were solid," Kapono said. "We shut down the paint, closed the gaps. Vince missed a lot of shots but that was our game plan, to force guys to make shots from outside."

    And New Jersey, especially Carter, couldn't make enough.

    "He had a tough night," said Harris, Carter's backcourt partner. "I know he probably takes this a little bit harder against his former team. We're all going to have those nights. I know he'll bounce back. I'm not too worried about him."

    The Nets (11-10) continued to struggle at home at 4-7. New Jersey is 7-3 on the road and is the only team with a winning record that is below .500 at home.

    The Raptors scored the final 10 points to take a 40-34 lead at end of the turnover-filled first half. The Nets had 11 turnovers; the Raptors coughed up the ball eight times.

    Toronto put together another streak in the third, a 12-0 run, to open a 57- 42 lead, with Calderon and Kapono each chipping in a 3-pointer. Toronto built a 71-53 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

    Game notes


    Calderon made two from the line with 10:50 remaining in the third to set an NBA record with 54 consecutive made free throws to start the season. Steve Nash held the old mark of 53 set last year. ... Carter moved past Richard Jefferson into fourth place on the Nets' career assists list. Jefferson had 1,486. ... The Raptors became the first team to make a 3-pointer in 800 consecutive games when Calderon connected in the first period. ... Stromile Swift (sprained right ankle) and Jarvis Hayes (strained right hamstring) remain sidelined for the Nets. ... Josh Boone dressed for the Nets for first time in 14 games. He missed 12 with a left ankle contusion and sat out New Jersey's last game as a healthy scratch. ... Kris Humphries (right knee tendinitis) and Anthony Parker (sprained left ankle) did not dress for Toronto.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    NJ
    Points 101 79
    FGM-FGA 32-73 (.438) 26-83 (.313)
    3PM-3PA 8-21 (.381) 6-23 (.261)
    FTM-FTA 29-31 (.935) 21-26 (.808)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 5-37 20-50
    Assists 21 18
    Turnovers 11 19
    Steals 8 3
    Blocks 8 4
    Fast Break Points 16 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 31 4

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    New Jersey
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 18
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Trenton Hassell Hassell
    Points: 10
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1