Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Friday, January 10th
Game 2: Friday, January 17th
Game 3: Sunday, April 6th
Game 4: Saturday, April 12th

Raptors 77

(10-30, 5-16 away)

Nets 88

(28-11, 19-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 17, 2003

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 19 21 13 2477
    NJ 22 29 23 1488

    Top Performers

    Tor: M. Peterson 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    NJ: R. Jefferson 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Nets now tied with Indiana for first in East

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets were not about to give the injury-depleted Toronto Raptors any breaks.

    Jason Kidd

    So with the Raptors dressing only the league-minimum eight players and missing All-Star Vince Carter and starting guard Voshon Lenard, the Nets had their way in an 88-77 win Friday night.

    "You feel sorry for the injuries that they have,'' said Jason Kidd, who scored 18 points and had five assists.

    "They're missing their star player and had other guys out. I wish they were healthy, because no one likes to win this way, but a win is a win and the games have to be played,'' he said.

    The Nets raced out to a 27-point lead with 10:14 remaining before coach Byron Scott emptied the bench.

    "It was a perfect scenario,'' said Scott, whose team defeated Toronto for the fifth straight time at home. "We had a big lead, so we tried to run things with our other guys while we were able to rest our starters.''

    Richard Jefferson added 15 points and eight rebounds, and wasn't about to feel sorry for the Raptors.

    "We're all playing hurt and banged up, too,'' said Jefferson, who has been nursing a sprained big toe. "We're just as beat up as anyone. We're not feeling sorry for anyone. We were not going to lose this game.''

    Kenyon Martin added 13 points and eight rebounds, while Kerry Kittles scored 11 points off the bench for New Jersey, which tied Indiana for the top record in the Eastern Conference with the victory.

    The Nets (28-11) improved their home record to 19-2.

    The Nets took the lead for good early in the second quarter, thanks to a jump shot from Jefferson that gave the Nets a 24-22 edge.

    Jefferson's shot started the Nets on an 18-6 run that gave them a 40-28 advantage that they gradually increased from that point on.

    "We started to get some stops defensively and then we finally put the ball in the basket,'' Kidd said. "Once we took control of the game, we took care of business.''

    The Raptors, who lost for the 14th time in their last 16 games, received a game-high 20 points from Morris Peterson, who knew that the Raptors were up against it from the outset.

    "When you've got only eight guys and you play three games in four days, you're going to be a little tired,'' Peterson said. "We played hard but we had a lot of turnovers (a season-high 30). That was the big difference. We have to take better care of the ball. We can't have that. Right now, one mistake can cost us, let alone 30.''

    Antonio Davis and Jelani McCoy added 11 points each for the Raptors. After Jefferson scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to blow the game wide open, Toronto then outscored the Nets 19-4 over the final four minutes of the game.

    Game notes

    The victory was the Nets' 19th win of the season by 10 points or more. Only Dallas (22) has won more games by double digits. ... The Raptors have eight players officially listed as injured. ... Nets reserve forward Brian Scalabrine played a season-high 35 minutes and scored eight points. "I'm going to sleep well tonight,'' he said. ... The Nets now embark on a five-game road trip against Western Conference teams. ... Nets reserve forward Rodney Rogers missed his first game of the year with a strained left calf that he injured against Philadelphia on Wednesday night. "At first, I thought it was a lot worse,'' Rogers said. "Let's see what happens.'' No timetable has been set for his return.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 88
    FGM-FGA 24-64 (.375) 35-90 (.389)
    3PM-3PA 2-10 (.200) 1-12 (.083)
    FTM-FTA 27-38 (.711) 17-23 (.739)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-53 7-37
    Assists 15 20
    Turnovers 30 11
    Steals 5 16
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 3 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 29 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Morris Peterson Peterson
    Points: 20
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 15
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0