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Kidd, Carter lead Nets to 97-95 victory in Milwaukee

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Associated Press
December 29, 2007
— Vince Carter scored eight of his 23 points in the final four minutes, Jason Kidd added 11 of his 17 in the fourth quarter, and the New Jersey Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 97-95 on Saturday night.

Richard Jefferson had 19 for the Nets, who have won four of five. Kidd finished with 15 assists but six turnovers.


Michael Redd led Milwaukee with 35 points. Mo Williams, on his bobblehead night, had 24 points, 20 in the first half, before fouling out with 2:03 remaining. The Bucks have lost five of six.


The game was close throughout, with neither team leading by more than six. Kidd hit some big shots late, including a three-pointer from the right wing with 1:33 remaining as the shot clock horn sounded to put New Jersey up 88-86.


Yi Jianlian tied it at 88 with a jumper, but Carter hit a reverse layup with 55 seconds left, and Malik Allen sank a 20-footer with 23.1 seconds remaining to make it 92-88 and put New Jersey up to stay.


New Jersey has won six of seven against the Bucks.


Kidd made just one of his first eight shots and finished 6-of-14 from the field and 2-of-7 from the line. But following Redd’s two missed free throws with 6:37 remaining, Kidd sank a jumper from just inside the 3-point line and a 3 from nearly the same spot on the Nets’ next possession to give New Jersey an 81-77 lead.


New Jersey is 11-3 in games decided by five points or less.


Williams scored 20 points in the first half on 7-of-10 shooting, but picked up his fourth foul with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter and sat the rest of the period and well into the fourth.


Milwaukee made just 26 percent of its shots in the second quarter and 32 percent in the third.


The game was tied at 43 at halftime.


The Nets started slowly, turning the ball over six times in the first 71/2 minutes and falling behind 25-19 after the first quarter. Kidd had five turnovers in the period. Williams made his first four shots and had nine points in the period.


One night after picking up two technical fouls and getting ejected for arguing a call late in the Bucks’ 103-99 loss to Chicago, Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak was hit with another technical in the second quarter.


Carter picked up a technical in the fourth.



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