EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Nenad Krstic scored a season-high 25 points and New Jersey held Ray Allen without a field goal for three quarters as the Nets defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 109-99 Tuesday night.

Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson added 19 points for New Jersey, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Scott Padgett scored a season-high 13 points off the bench for the Nets.

Rashard Lewis had 29 points for Seattle, which was playing its fifth game of a six-game road trip that concludes Wednesday night in Boston. The SuperSonics lost the first three games by a total of 93 points before winning at Toronto Sunday.

Allen finished with 19 points but had only 10 field goal attempts, making four.

Trailing 79-70 to begin the fourth quarter, Seattle closed to 87-86 on a fadeaway by Allen, who entered the game tied for 10th in the NBA in scoring at 23.7 points per game. But the Nets pushed the score back to 99-90, aided by six points from Carter and a steal and layup by Jason Kidd, who finished with 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting.

Carter was held without a field goal until late in the second quarter but came alive in the third quarter and had five points – including a windmill dunk – in a 19-6 New Jersey run that gave the Nets a 67-54 lead with 6:16 left.

Seattle clawed its way back largely on the outside shooting of Lewis. The 6-foot-10 forward scored the Sonics’ final nine points of the quarter on two 3-pointers and three free throws that came after a questionable foul call on Padgett with 7 seconds left in the quarter.

While the Nets starters misfired early, New Jersey’s bench kept them in the game. Padgett entered the game near the end of the first quarter and immediately hit a 3-pointer, then added eight more points in the second quarter to lead the Nets with 11 at halftime.

Carter, meanwhile, had as many personal fouls as points – two – until late in the second quarter, when he scored on a running jump shot and layup during a mini-run that helped the Nets close a 37-30 deficit and pull even at 41-41.

For Seattle, Allen was held without a field goal in the first 24 minutes and missed all seven of his shots.

Lewis and Nick Collison picked up the slack, shooting a combined 9-for-14 for 20 points in the half.

Notes: Seattle F Danny Fortson suffered an inflammation of his right big toe and did not return after playing four minutes in the first half … Nets C Jason Collins missed his second straight game with a muscle strain in his lower right leg suffered against Indiana last Friday … Clifford Robinson replaced Collins in the starting lineup and played 21 minutes to pass Otis Thorpe and move into 19th place on the NBA’s all-time list with 39,840.

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