Nets work OT to beat the Kings

November 26, 2008 10:35:37 PM PST
Vince Carter scored 25 points, Devin Harris made the go-ahead basket and added 18 points, and the New Jersey Nets beat the Sacramento Kings 116-114 in overtime Wednesday night. Trailing by one point following a timeout, Harris inbounded the ball and got it right back. He drove to the basket against Bobby Jackson, then pulled up for a jumper to the right of the foul line, giving New Jersey a 115-114 lead with 12 seconds left.

Jackson's long 3-pointer was an airball in the closing seconds and the Nets secured the rebound. Jarvis Hayes made a free throw with 2.4 seconds left and Brad Miller's heave from halfcourt fell short to give the Nets the victory, their first at Arco Arena since Nov. 30, 1997.

Brook Lopez had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Nets, who were coming off a 120-93 loss Tuesday night to the Lakers. Keyon Dooling had 17 points, Ryan Anderson scored 13 and had a season-high eight rebounds.

Moments after tying the game on a free throw following Miller's technical foul, Carter was carried to the bench and later limped into the locker room with a leg injury after battling Jackson for a loose ball along the sideline.

John Salmons scored a career-high 38 points for Sacramento, which has lost four straight games and has dropped five consecutive at home for the first time since late in the 1997-98 season. Miller had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Beno Udrih had 16 points and 10 assists.

After Dooling connected on a 3-pointer to tie the game at 113 with 37.5 seconds left, Miller was fouled on a drive to the basket and made one of two free throws, giving the Kings a 114-113 lead with 19 seconds left.

Quiet most of the game, Harris made a driving layup to cut the Kings' lead to three points with 17 seconds left. After Salmons made one of two free throws, Harris connected on a 3-pointer, tying the game with 7.1 seconds remaining. Salmons fumbled the ball underneath the Nets' basket in the closing seconds and never got a shot off, sending the game into overtime.

The Kings scored 10 straight points in the fourth quarter to assume the lead. Hawes tied the game with a 3-pointer, Miller followed with another three, and Salmons made a baseline jumper, giving Sacramento a 101-96 lead with 2:18 remaining.

The Kings continue to play without leading scorer Kevin Martin and top reserve Francisco Garcia, who have ankle injuries. Both Garcia and Martin could possibly return on Saturday against Dallas.

With the Nets ahead by 11 points at the half, Bobby Simmons made a 3-pointer and Yi Jianlian followed with a dunk to push the lead to 17 points early in the third quarter. Yet the Kings responded quickly, narrowing the gap to three points with 4:03 remaining and trailing only 82-77 going into the fourth period.

Notes: No Nets player received more pregame media attention than Anderson, who went to high school in the Sacramento area and won a state title at Arco Arena as a senior in 2005. Kings starting forwards Mikki Moore and Jason Thompson combined for zero points and four rebounds in the first half. After two days off, the Nets conclude their four-game road trip with back-to-back games, meeting Utah on Saturday and Phoenix on Sunday.