New-look Raps run-and-stunned

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd did a number on the Raptors last night, and that number was 76.

As in, his 76th career triple-double.

Kidd scored 14 points to go with 10 assists and 10 rebounds, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 102-92 victory over the Raptors in the regular-season opener for both teams.

Kidd is only two short of tying Wilt Chamberlain for the third most triple-doubles in NBA history.

"We played a Hall of Famer and he played a Hall of Fame game tonight," Toronto forward Chris Bosh said of Kidd.

Vince Carter was also double trouble for his old team. The former Raptor picked up 25 points and 11 rebounds, along with six assists.

The game was there for the taking for Toronto as the Nets turned the ball over 24 times. The Raptors also launched 16 more shots than New Jersey, but shot just 39% (37-for-94) while the Nets shot 51% from the field.

Head coach Sam Mitchell has said that he would like his run-and-gun team to average 100 shots a game, and the Raptors were certainly following his direction last night.

But shooting at will is effective only if the shots fall, and it's a tall order to beat a club of the calibre of the Nets when you shoot only 39% and go 4-for-20 from beyond the arc.

"It's unrealistic to think that we're going to stop those three guys (Kidd, Carter and Richard Jefferson)," Mitchell said. "But even with those guys playing as well as they played, we still had an opportunity. We just didn't shoot the ball well."

The loss spoiled what was a solid regular-season debut for two first-year Raptors, point guard T.J. Ford and shooting guard Anthony Parker. Ford picked up 19 points, seven assists and five boards while Parker, who played in Israel the past few years, recorded an career high 22 points.

BOSH RUSTY

It's fair to say, as fourth-year forward Bosh goes, so go the Raptors. And Bosh struggled last night. The all-star forward, who had been hampered during the pre-season with a sore left heel, played only 25 minutes after picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter. Bosh, who missed a couple pre-season games, was definitely off his game, shooting 5-for-13 from the field, for 14 points and five rebounds. He suggested afterwards that up-tempo style opened a lot of shots for the Raptors, but fatigue may have played a factor in the team missing so many.

"You have to be in very good physical condition to play like that for 48 minutes," Bosh said.

Heading into last night's game, the Raptors were 5-6 in opening nights, two of their victories coming against New Jersey.

The Raptors trailed 28-27 after the first quarter. As the clock ticked down, Jefferson picked up a flagrant foul when he knocked Bosh hard to the court. Bosh, however, missed both free throws. Jersey's Marcus Williams hit a 15-foot running jump shot as the buzzer sounded to give the Nets a 53-49 at the half.


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