NJN@MIA 12.20.07

The emergence of the \’Kiddie Corps\’ is beginning to pay dividends. In an all-around effort, the New Jersey Nets\’ vets rode the young legs of Josh Boone and Sean Williams to a gutty, 107-103 overtime victory against the bitter rival Miami Heat who have fallen on hard times of late.

Nets\’ Coach Lawrence Frank 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 pull out this much-needed, inspirational victory. All those who played on the New Jersey side deserved credit for the win.

In 48 minutes of action, the Corps combined for 17 points, 12 boards and a pair of blocks for the Jerseyites – no small feat against the defensive minded Miami lineup that features Shaq and PF Udonis Haslem. While Sean Williams was in foul trouble much of the way, second-year C Josh Boone led the Nets by neutralizing the \’Diesel\’ (Shaquille O\’Neal) in the middle during the second-half and hitting an important free throw late. Josh went on to foul Shaq out during regulation only to lead the way with five gutty points during OT to impact the final score for a victory after the always lethal Dwayne Wade \’drew first blood\’ to open the extra period.*

SG Vince Carter (31 points, 8 boards and six assists) had a splendid overall game to offset the 41 points dropped in by his counterpart, superstar MIA SG Dwayne Wade who was on fire. SF Richard Jefferson (29 points and eight boards) continued his bid for an all-Star invitation.

As usual, star PG Jason Kidd (5 points, 11 rebounds and 10 dimes) orchestrated the Nets to victory. Overlooked PF Malik Allen was a beneficiary as he found his spots for 18 critical points (on 9-of-11 shooting) to go with seven boards – without which New Jersey doesn\’t win.

The Nets (11-15) now return home to entertain the hot Golden State Warriors (15-11) this Saturday, December 22 at IZOD Center. C Josh Boone gets to square off against his couterpart: Andris Biedrins. It should be a wild one as the Warriors are known for a run-and-gun style similar to the Suns. The game gets underway at 7:30pm EST.

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