GSW@NJN 12.22.07

The Nets were still aglow after their hard-won triumph over the Heat down in Miami. They have since returned to the Meadowlands for a Saturday shootout with Nellie\’s boys — the Golden State Warriors — where success was still harder to come by than on the road.

With the \”Kiddie Corps\” crew starting again, the Nets quickly jumped to a lead in the first quarter and led by ten after one. While they managed to advance it to as much as fourteen before the Warriors fought back to cut it to seven by the half, the characteristic \’hole\’ that New Jersey ususally digs for itself before the first half ends didn\’t materialize this night.

Instead, the sharp-shooting Golden State Warriors (15-12) found themselves in a \’hole\’ as they went \’ice cold\’ to start the game. Star PG Jason Kidd (15 points, 11 rebounds and 12 dimes) was able to capitalize on \’playing while ahead\’ and parlayed the 94th triple-double of his stellar career, along with a double-double by increasingly confident young C Josh Boone, into an exciting 100-95 victory over the stunned Golden State Warriors in the terrible \”Swamp.\” The victory was a function of the production from the youngsters starting up front and the veteran \”Big Three\” getting down to business when it counted.*

Nets\’ Coach Lawrence Frank once again resorted to a starting lineup consisting of the \’Big Three\’ and the \’Kiddie Corps\’ — rookie PF Sean \”Swat\” Williams alongside second-year man C Josh \”J-Bizzy\” Boone — to engineer the Nets second victory in a row. All those who played on the New Jersey side deserved credit for the win, but it was mainly the starting cast, with a little timely help from reserve SF Bostjan \”Boki\” Nachbar (7 points, 5 boards and a pair of assists to go with drawing a big Q4 offensive foul from GSW PF Al Harrington as the Warriors were surging) that got the job done.

There were many big plays as SF Richard Jefferson (31 points), SG Vince Carter (23 points, 12 boards, 4 assists to go with six steals) and C Josh Boone (19 points and 13 boards to go with a pair of assists, steals and a blocked shot) did their damage. PF/C Sean Williams, who got in foul trouble early, still managed to swat three shots in eleven minutes of action.

While both teams shot poorly from the field, the Nets were a little better at 42% than the Warriors at 38%. Most importantly, the Nets totally dominated on the boards with 58 caroms (21 on the offensive glass) to only 39 total for the visitors.

The re-configured Nets (12-15) will now face their stiffest test thus far as they host the dangerous Detroit Pistons the night after Christmas for a Wednesday match, the 26th of December, at IZOD Center. Boone and Wallance tip it off at 7:30pm EST. Be there!

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