After losing three times to the moribund New York Knicks this season, the New Jersey Nets were finally able to beat their neighboring rivals in a visit to Madison Square Garden. The 106-91 victory moves the Nets to within one game of the Atlanta Hawks and the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, according to the Associated Press.
Three different New Jersey players reached the twenty-point mark as Vince Carter led the way with 27, Richard Jefferson scored 26 and Nenad Kristic had a season-high 22. Jamal Crawford had 26 points and 8 assists to lead the Knicks, who lost their fifth straight game and 12 of their last 13. David Lee had a solid game for New York with 12 points and 13 boards.