New Jersey Nets Team Report – February 19
=== New Jersey Nets Team Report – February 19 ===
(Sports Network) – Jason Kidd posted his 58th career triple-double with 15
points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, as the New Jersey Nets and head coach
Lawrence Frank extended their respective winning streaks with a 98-92 victory
over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at Continental Airlines Arena.
Frank set an NBA record for the best start by a coach with his 10th-straight
victory since replacing Byron Scott behind the bench last month. The Nets have
won 11 straight overall, tying a franchise record set by the 1982-83 squad.
The Nets had won each of the previous 10 by double-digit margins.
Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 24 points, while Kenyon Martin scored 21
with 10 rebounds. Kerry Kittles and Rodney Rogers added 10 points apiece in
Atlanta rallied back from a halftime deficit to tie the game after three
quarters. The Hawks held a 79-76 lead with 8:00 remaining in the fourth, but
let the game slip away down the stretch.
Jason Collins tied things up for New Jersey with a pair of free throws to make
it 80-80 with 6:32 remaining. Jefferson then drilled a three to give the Nets
an 83-80 advantage, and they would never trail again.
The teams were tied again at 87 apiece on Jason Terry’s three-pointer with
3:12 remaining, but New Jersey responded with a 6-0 burst and grabbed a 93-87
cushion on Kittles’ layup two minutes later.
Atlanta got as close as 93-89 at the other end, but the Nets later led by as
many as nine points on their way to another NBA record — most consecutive
wins following a five-game losing streak.
The Nets are off until Friday when they visit the Toronto Raptors.