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Golden State at New Jersey

Jefferson, Kidd team together to take Nets past Warriors

CBSSports.com wire reports
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- 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.

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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Richard Jefferson leads the way for New Jersey, picking up 31 points in the win.  (Getty Images)
Richard Jefferson leads the way for New Jersey, picking up 31 points in the win. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Golden State (15-12) 1728272395
New Jersey (12-15) «27252820100
GS:S. Jackson 21 Pts
GS:A. Biedrins 10 Reb
GS:B. Davis 3 Ast
NJ:R. Jefferson 31 Pts
NJ:J. Boone 13 Reb
NJ:J. Kidd 12 Ast
Players of the Game
New JerseyGolden State

R. Jefferson

S. Jackson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
31352153

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Golden State
S. Jackson, SG445-1810-1353421
M. Ellis, SG427-144-463319
B. Davis, PG366-190-023415
A. Harrington, PF353-125-651511
A. Biedrins, C307-112-2101316
K. Azubuike, SF263-50-04247
M. Barnes, SF233-80-07346
M. Pietrus, SF40-10-00000
A. Croshere, PFDid Not Play
T. Hudson, PGDid Not Play
D. Mbenga, CDid Not Play
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
K. Perovic, CDid Not Play
M. Belinelli, SGDid Not Play
B. Wright, SFDid Not Play
Totals 34-8821-2539162795
 38.6%84.0% 
New Jersey
R. Jefferson, SF4310-1411-1935331
V. Carter, SG4210-261-2124223
J. Boone, PF397-125-10132319
J. Kidd, PG385-162-21112215
S. Williams, PF111-21-15043
B. Nachbar, SF232-72-25237
M. Allen, PF210-50-05050
J. Collins, C110-01-21031
M. Williams, PG110-10-02110
D. Armstrong, PG10-01-21001
J. Magloire, CDid Not Play
A. Wright, SFDid Not Play
N. Krstic, CDid Not Play
Totals 35-8324-40582626100
 42.2%60.0% 
Other Games
Wash 85 Final
Ind 93
Utah 102 Final
Mia 104
Min 76 Final
NO 110
Phi 99 Final
Mem 97
Hou 116 Final
Chi 98
Char 99 Final
Mil 103
LAC 90 Final
SA 99
Tor 103 Final
Pho 122