Carter pours in 41 points as Nets trounce Pistons

Posted: Sunday, February 06, 2005

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Vince Carter had his best game since joining the New Jersey Nets, scoring 41 points and leading a second-half surge in a 107-85 victory Saturday that snapped the Detroit Pistons' five-game winning streak.

Carter, who finished 10 points shy of his career high, scored 20 points during a 29-9 run in the third and fourth quarters that turned a 63-61 edge into a 92-70 lead.

Carter's points were a season high, surpassing the 33 he scored Jan. 19 in a victory over Milwaukee that came 33 days after the Nets acquired him from Toronto.

Jason Kidd added 12 points and 14 assists, surpassing Kenny Anderson as the franchise assists leader with 2,364. Kidd also passed Bob Cousy (6,955) for 12th on the NBA list.

Tayshaun Prince had 17 points for the Pistons.

Wizards 112, Bucks 94

WASHINGTON — A night after watching his team blow a big lead after he was ejected, Gilbert Arenas had 31 points, nine assists and six rebounds to help Washington snap a four-game losing streak.

On Friday night in Toronto, the Wizards blew a 22-point lead in a 103-100 loss. They had a 15-point lead late in the third quarter when Arenas was ejected.

Etan Thomas scored 16 of his career-high 23 points in the second half for the Wizards. Michael Redd had 26 points for Milwaukee.

Pacers 84, Hawks 79

ATLANTA — Jermaine O'Neal scored 38 points to lead Indiana to its second straight victory after a six-game losing streak.

O'Neal capped his night with two clinching free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining.

Anthony Johnson's putback with 5:19 remaining capped a 24-9 run for Indiana, which beat Dallas 95-94 at home Friday night to end its longest losing streak in two years.

Antoine Walker and Al Harrington each scored 26 points for the Hawks.

Cavaliers 101, Magic 92

CLEVELAND — LeBron James had 30 points and nine assists, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas made two big baskets in the final 1:43 for Cleveland.

James had 18 points, six assists and four rebounds in the second half to help the Cavaliers avenge a three-point loss Tuesday night in Orlando.

Grant Hill led Orlando with 17 points, but had just two in the fourth quarter when the Magic tried to rally.

Heat 108, Bulls 97

MIAMI — Shaquille O'Neal had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Dwyane Wade scored 25 points to lead Miami to its fifth victory in six games.

Reserve Michael Doleac added a season-high 16 points.

Ben Gordon led Chicago with 25 points, and Luol Deng added 18.

Suns 114, Knicks 106

PHOENIX — Amare Stoudemire had 32 points and 15 rebounds, and Steve Nash added 26 points and 14 assists for Phoenix.

The victory was the seventh in eight games for the Suns (38-11) and strengthened their lead in the NBA's Pacific Division. It also gave them their first season sweep over the Knicks since 1994-95. They beat the Knicks 133-118 in New York on Jan. 25.

Shawn Marion contributed 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Suns improve to 8-0 against Atlantic Division teams.

Former Suns guard Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 33 points.

Nuggets 107, Warriors 91

DENVER — Kenyon Martin had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Denver limited high-scoring Jason Richardson to 13 points.

Carmelo Anthony added 18 points to help the Nuggets improve to 4-1 under new coach George Karl. Richardson, who had 42 points on 17-for-30 shooting in a Jan. 17 game against Denver, was 5-for-15 from the field.

Speedy Claxton had 17 points for Golden State, 1-7 in its last eight.

Jazz 108, Hornets 92

SALT LAKE CITY — Carlos Boozer scored 18 points, and Andrei Kirilenko and Matt Harpring each had 17 to help Utah snap a three-game losing streak.

Raja Bell added 16 points for Utah, which shot 53 percent from the field and led by as many as 28 points after blowing the game open in the third quarter.

Bostjan Nachbar led the Hornets with a career-high 21 points.

Trail Blazers 114, Kings 108

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damon Stoudamire hit a long jumper and a driving layup in the 2 final minutes to help Portland hold off Sacramento.

Stoudamire finished with 30 points and eight assists, and Zach Randolph added 28 points and 12 rebounds for the Trail Blazers.

Mike Bibby led the Kings with 35 points. Chris Webber, who missed four games because of a sore left knee, had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

SuperSonics 113, Bobcats 99

SEATTLE — Ray Allen scored 25 points after missing two games because of the flu, leading Seattle past expansion Charlotte.

Allen, who only returned to practice Friday, played 31 minutes in the first three quarters and made 9-of-14 shots, including two 3-pointers.

Vladimir Radmanovic added 23 points, and Reggie Evans had a career-high 21 rebounds. Melvin Ely had a career-high 22 points for Charlotte.

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