- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 8, 2007

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Kidd and Vince Carter have 89 triple-doubles between them, and Kidd is responsible for 86 of them. Kidd can put one up at any time, but the same can’t be said of Carter.

But the Washington Wizards have been the epicenter for catastrophic events in recent days, so it should come as no surprise that last night both Carter and Kidd recorded triple-doubles to lead the Nets to a 120-114 overtime victory at Continental Airlines Arena.

“We all know what Jason Kidd can do, but Vince?” said the Wizards’ Antawn Jamison, who finished with a season-high 37 points and 11 rebounds. “Vince is my boy, but man. What are the chances of that happening?”

Carter Jamison’s teammate at North Carolina from 1996 to 1998 finished with a game-high 46 points and added 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Kidd, scoreless in the first half, finished with 18 assists, 16 rebounds and 10 points.

Carter and Kidd became the first teammates to notch triple-doubles in the same game since Michael Jordan (41 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) and Scottie Pippen (15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists) accomplished it back on Jan. 3, 1989.

“We obviously had a lot of special performances tonight,” Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. “Vince obviously set a great tone, and Richard and Jason hit some timely shots. It was a performance that we needed given the circumstances.”

The Wizards lost despite getting a career-high 29 points from Jarvis Hayes.

“I would have rather had two points in a win than get 40 in a loss,” Hayes said after the Wizards lost their fourth game in a row. “It hurts right now because everybody is playing hard and trying to get that win. We shared the ball and did most of the things we wanted to do. But in the overtime they did capitalized on some mistakes that we made.”

Had they been able to muster a win the Wizards (39-37) would have clinched a playoff berth for the third time in as many seasons, as they need just one victory to do so.

But they will remain in limbo until their next game, which is on Tuesday at Verizon Center, when they play host to these same New Jersey Nets (36-40).

The loss also narrowed the Wizards’ lead over seventh-seeded New Jersey to just three games. Both teams have six games remaining in the regular season. The Wizards now sit three games behind Miami in the Southeast Division.

Jamison turned in a spectacular fourth-quarter performance, scoring 16 points, which included an improbable 3-pointer with just more than a second left in regulation to force overtime.

But the Nets opened the extra period on an 8-0 run, taking a 112-104 lead after a layup from Jason Kidd with 2:11 left in overtime before the Wizards called timeout. The Wizards continued to make some big shots but never really challenged the Nets in the extra session.

Coach Eddie Jordan was proud of the way the Wizards fought. However, he indicated that his undermanned team, playing its second game in as many days, might have simply run out of gas at the end.

“We had some flat legs, but then we were still trying to drive to the basket,” Jordan said. “Antawn was trying to get contact by driving to the basket and DeShawn was trying to get contact by driving to the basket. It took a lot of effort to play the defense we did. We had a couple of breakdowns here and there, but when they stun you with the 3s the way they did you feel like you have to get out on them.”

The Nets connected on a season-high 17 3-pointers on 36 attempts to eclipse the previous high of 16, which they made against the Wizards earlier this season.

The Wizards made 13 of 32 3-pointers last night.

Once again, just like the night before against Cleveland, the Wizards got sound performances. Antonio Daniels finished with 10 assists and seven points, Stevenson had 13 points and seven assists and Darius Songaila added 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.

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