21 February 2007
Welcome to Jersey
Vince Carter, when he turns it on, is flat-out amazing. He hit 15 of 25, including four treys, and 12 of 12 free throws, for a season-high 46 points. And former Hornet Bostjan Nachbar had some serious motivation tonight: off the bench, he dropped in 15 points against his erstwhile teammates. If anyone else on the team had done some serious scoring, the Nets would have won it. But the Hornets picked up the win at the Meadowlands, 111-107, behind David West's 32 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
Chris Paul, despite playing most of the fourth quarter with five fouls, scored 19 and served up 11 dimes for one of two Hornet double-doubles. (The other was, yes, Tyson Chandler, with 10 points and 12 boards.) Bobby Jackson scored 17 off the bench, including four of six free throws in the waning moments. The Bees shot 50.7 percent for the night, way over their average.
Next game is Friday in New Orleans, against the Sonics; the Bees have the weekend off, and will play at Cleveland on Tuesday before returning to the Ford on Wednesday to take on the Hawks.