Sunday , Feb , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New Jersey Nets Team Report – February 1

=== New Jersey Nets Team Report – February 1 ===

(Sports Network) – Kenyon Martin notched a double-double with a
game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds, leading the New Jersey Nets to an 88-77
victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday at the Toyota Center.

Jason Kidd also recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists, as the
Nets won their fourth straight overall and improved to 3-0 on a four-game road
trip since interim head coach Lawrence Frank took over for the fired Byron
Scott.

Richard Jefferson was New Jersey’s other double-figure scorer with 17 points,
as the Nets avenged an 11-point loss to Houston back in November.

The Nets also helped their cause by making 23 of their 26 free throws in the
game, including a perfect 10-for-10 in the fourth quarter.

Kidd had six points in the first three minutes of the third quarter, as the
Nets scored the first eight to get within one at 46-45. Yao Ming, who
struggled by making only 2-of-9 shots in the game, converted one of those with
a layup at the other end of the court, but Martin threw down consecutive dunks
to give New Jersey its first lead of the game at 49-48 with 6:50 left in the
quarter.

Steve Francis hit a running jumper to put the Rockets back up at 53-51, but
the Nets responded with an 11-3 run, including five points from Martin, to
take a 62-56 edge with 2:19 left. New Jersey took a 66-60 lead into the fourth
quarter.

New Jersey went up 68-60 just 15 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Francis
and Jackson combined to score the next 11 points for Houston, as the Rockets
went up 71-68 with 7:40 left.

Kerry Kittles and Jefferson made a pair of free throws and Martin threw down
an alley-oop slam on the Nets’ following three possessions to put them up
74-71. New Jersey would not trail the rest of the game.

Martin’s foul line jumper with a minute left put New Jersey up by 11 at 86-75.
The Rockets threw up several desperate three-point attempts in the final 50
seconds, but all drew air.

The Nets are off until Monday when they visit the New Orleans Hornets.

NJ