Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Sunday, November 12th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 27th
Game 3: Saturday, April 7th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 10th

Wizards 114

(39-37, 13-25 away)

Nets 120


    7:30 PM ET, April 7, 2007

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    WSH 24 27 27 26 10114
    NJ 22 30 28 24 16120

    Top Performers

    WSH: A. Jamison 37 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

    NJ: V. Carter 46 Pts, 16 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Kidd, Carter match feat not done since Jordan, Pippen in 1989

    Associated Press

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Vince Carter and Jason Kidd are now in the same category with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, at least when it comes to triple-doubles.

    Elias Says
    Vince Carter and Jason Kidd both posted triple-doubles in the Nets 120-114 overtime win vs. the Wizards, marking the first NBA game in which two teammates each had a triple-double since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did it against the Clippers, also an overtime game, on Jan. 3, 1989. But it had been even a longer time -- just over 30 years -- since we had seen an NBA player get a triple-double in which he had totals as high as Carter had in both points (46) and rebounds (16). The last player to do that was Phoenix center Alvan Adams, who had 47 points, 18 rebounds and 12 assists against the Buffalo Braves on Feb. 22, 1977. Besides Carter and Adams, the only other players in NBA history to get a triple double that included as many as 46 points and 16 rebounds were Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain (who did it twice). Elias Says

    Carter and Kidd became the first teammates with triple-doubles in the same game since Jordan and Pippen in 1989, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 120-114 overtime victory over the injury-ravaged Washington Wizards on Saturday night.

    "You can't beat that one," Carter said of the comparison to the two former Chicago Bulls greats. "That's nice company."

    Jordan had 41 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Pippen added 15 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in Chicago's 126-121 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 3, 1989.

    The combination of Kidd, Carter and Richard Jefferson was just too much for the banged up Wizards, who lost their fourth straight game.

    Carter matched his season high with 46 points, added a career-best 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Kidd tied a career high with 16 rebounds, equaled his season high with 18 assists and added a late free throw for 10 points. Jefferson matched his season high with 27 points, including six of the Nets' franchise-record 17 3-pointers. Carter had seven long-range baskets.

    "I've been trying for a long time," Carter said of his third career triple-double. "It's a special night. I'm not used to it. I was just trying to do whatever I needed to do for the team. For me, I wanted to help on the boards and make plays because guys were hitting shots."

    The triple-double was the 11th of the season and 86th of his career for Kidd, who was a turnover away from a dubious quadruple-double.

    "I don't know how many Vince had tonight, but he was off the charts tonight," Kidd said. "He was aggressive. He found the open guy and made all the right plays. That's what Vince does. Tonight he filled up his stat sheet. I wish I could have a triple-double like that."

    Still, the Nets almost gave the game away, squandering a three-point lead in the closing seconds of regulation.

    Antawn Jamison, who had a season-high 37 points, hit a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds to go to force the overtime on a play that the Nets intended to foul line.

    "I was late getting over and I didn't want to foul him," Kidd said.

    Jarvis Hayes added a career-high 29 points for the Wizards, who played without All-Stars Gilbert Arenas (knee) and Caron Butler (hand). They will be out probably the rest of the season and the playoffs.

    The victory moved New Jersey within three games of Washington in the race for the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have six games to play, and they play each other again on Tuesday in Washington.

    "For us to be in a game like this, to fight and do the things we had to do to take it to overtime, I give credit to our guys," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.

    New Jersey never trailed in overtime, scoring the first eight points. Jefferson got the spurt started with two free throws. Carter, who was 16-of-28 from the field, added a layup, Jefferson made two more free throws and Kidd scored on a layup.

    With New Jersey ahead 112-106, Clifford Robinson hit a 3-pointer from the right corner, setting the franchise record for 3s. The Nets had tied their old record earlier this season against Washington.

    The Nets seemed to have the game won in regulation when Carter grabbed the rebound of the second of two missed free throws by Mikki Moore and was fouled with 4.4 seconds to go. He made both shots to give New Jersey a 104-101 lead.

    Washington called a timeout and inbounded the ball at halfcourt to Jamison, who was 12-of-29 from the field, including 6-of-14 from 3-point range. He dribbled once and connected.

    New Jersey tried an alley-oop to Carter, but Kidd's pass hit the backboard and there was no shot.

    Jamison didn't score in the overtime, missing all four of his shots.

    Carter, whose career high is 51 points, hit five of his first seven shots and scored the Nets' first 17 points.

    It wasn't until Robinson hit a 3-pointer with just under a minute to play in the quarter that another New Jersey player scored.

    Game notes

    Carter's 17 straight points to start the game were the second most in the league this season. Peja Stojakovic had 20 on Nov. 14. ... The Nets lead the season series 3-0. ... The 40-point game was the fifth of the season for Carter. ... Kidd's career best for assists is 25. ... Washington has lost 12 of 13 games played in New Jersey since the 2000-01 season. ... Moore had 17 points for New Jersey before fouling out.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 120
    FGM-FGA 41-94 (.436) 41-78 (.526)
    3PM-3PA 13-32 (.406) 17-36 (.472)
    FTM-FTA 19-23 (.826) 21-31 (.677)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-38 14-55
    Assists 32 35
    Turnovers 11 25
    Steals 13 6
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 15 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 8 9

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 37
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Vince Carter Carter
    Points: 46
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3