New Jersey Nets Team Report – January 28
=== New Jersey Nets Team Report – January 28 ===
(Sports Network) – Richard Jefferson scored a game-high 30 points and Jason
Kidd added 13 with 10 assists, as the New Jersey Nets gave Lawrence Frank a
94-76 victory over Philadelphia in his head coaching debut on Tuesday. Frank
became the interim head coach when the Nets fired Byron Scott on Monday.
Kenyon Martin contributed 13 points for the Nets, who ended a five-game road
Jefferson hit a three-pointer to open the scoring and the Nets raced out to a
9-0 lead and never trailed. Eric Snow finally hit a jump shot 4:35 into the
contest for Philadelphia’s first points.
Leading 11-4, Kidd hit a three-pointer to give New Jersey a 10-point lead.
After a basket by Snow cut the Nets’ lead to 14-6, New Jersey ran off 12
unanswered points. Kidd hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the run and
Kerry Kittles scored to stretch the lead to 26-6 with 2 1/2 minutes left in
the first quarter.
The Sixers scored the final six points of the opening quarter, but the Nets
took a 26-12 lead into the second stanza.
A jumper by Jefferson with 8:41 remaining until halftime restored New Jersey’s
20-point lead, 36-16. Brian Scalabrine was fouled muscling inside for a basket
and converted the free throw to increase the lead to 39-16. A three by Lucious
Harris after a free throw by Jefferson gave New Jersey a 43-16 cushion.
New Jersey went to the break with a 56-35 advantage and maintained a big lead
throughout the second half.
The Nets extended their advantage to 26, 65-39, midway through the third
quarter and took an overwhelming 83-58 lead into the final frame.
Jefferson is averaging 25.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the last two games.
New Jersey is off until Thursday when it visits the Orlando Magic.