SEA@NJN 1.9.08

Nets Shoot Down Sonics, 99-88

By: NBASCOUT / Special to netsinteractive.com

New Jersey rebounded from the bad showing in Charlotte with a blowout win at home against the Seattle Supersonics, 99-88. The game wasn\’t as close as the final score might indicate.

SF Richard Jefferson (stat line: 28p on 11-of-17 including 3-of-3 from downtown, 5 boards and 6 dimes along with 3 steals and only two turnovers), continuing his all-Star quest, led the way and got a boost from reserve PF Malik Allen, returning from a sore back, who made his presence felt with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 28 minutes.*

C/PF Josh Boone had another solid game in support with 11 points and six boards including a highlight one-handed dunk off a Kidd alley-oop feed. Rookie PF/C Sean Williams blocked three shots to go with a few points.

Star SG Vince Carter (18p, 8r, 6a) was very active distributing the ball much like Jason Kidd. He was big-play efficient and along with the masterful choreography of superlative PG Jason Kidd, who put down 16 points that included 4-of-8 big treys from beyond-the-arc to go with 11 dimes, the Nets were just too much for a young, shorthanded Seattle squad.

Jason Kidd could have recorded his fourth triple-double in a row, but only played 29 minutes, sitting out the last 12. Thus, he fell 5 rebounds short in his bid for a fourth consecutive triple-double.

The team was more concerned with resting him when it was no longer necessary for him to be out on the floor. Probably the extra weight of his pencil moustache was a contributing factor (tongue-in-cheek).

The most important statistic for New Jersey was that they outshot the opponents 47.5% from the floor to only 40% for the Sonics. More significantly, they shot 50% from beyond-the-arc, sinking 8-of-16, as compared with the Sonics, who could only manage 21%, hitting a measly 3-of-14.

The Nets\’ defense played well enough to prevail against an inexperienced team like Seattle. The rest of the package was too much for the Sonics to contain.

The league leading Boston Celtics (29-4) now invade the Meadowlands Friday for a divisional showdown with the Nets (18-17) in the swamp. YES Network will air the game at 7:30pm EST.

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