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Carter unfazed by return to New Jersey

Vince Carter was apathetic about playing in his former team's new home.

For the ex-Net, a win was his only concern.

"Doesn't matter [what building we're in], Carter said after scoring 13 points in the Magic's 91-90 thriller over the Nets Saturday at Prudential Center.

"We just needed to get a win as a team. It's always great to come back here and play in front of the fans here that appreciated my time here. They're a good basketball team."

Carter's impact -- aside from a two-handed alley-oop dunk that drew a rise out of the crowd in the second quarter -- wasn't felt until the end. But his limited contributions were important nonetheless.

The game was knotted at 83 late in the fourth when Carter finally started asserting himself at the rim. His one-handed slam and layup gave the Magic a four-point edge.

"I just tried to make plays," Carter said. "I just tried to be aggressive. We have so many scorers and I've learned through my years you've got to pick your spots and stay patient. I just waited for my turn and was able to do something."

Then point guard Jameer Nelson took his. The Magic trailed by one in the waning seconds, but Nelson somehow managed to hit a fall away desperation jumper over Brook Lopez with 4.1 seconds remaining to make a winner out of the Magic and Carter in his return to New Jersey, where he played from 2004-2009.

"About midway was when I knew it was good," Carter said. "I've seen him make that shot before in practice and the game. He's comfortable with that shot."