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When, where: Tonight, 7:30, at the TD Banknorth Garden.

TV, radio: FSN, WRKO (680).

Records: New Jersey is 21-15 (first in the Atlantic Division); Boston is 15-23 (third in the Atlantic Division).

Scoring: Vince Carter 25.3, Richard Jefferson 18.4, Jason Kidd 14.6.

Rebounding: Jefferson 7.6, Kidd 7.0, Carter 5.9.

Assists: Kidd 7.9, Carter 4.2, Jefferson 4.0.

Head to head: This is the first of four meetings. Last season, the Nets won the series, 3-1.

Miscellany: The Nets are 12-3 in their last 15 games . . . Carter is ninth in the NBA in scoring and Kidd is sixth in assists . . . Veteran guard Jeff McInnis is out indefinitely after undergoing left knee surgery . . . The Nets are sixth in the NBA in assists per game with 22.7.

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