Wednesday , Feb , 25 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

New Jersey Nets Team Report – February 25

=== New Jersey Nets Team Report – February 25 ===

(Sports Network) – Two of the NBA’s elite teams meet tonight, as the New
Jersey Nets put their franchise-best 14-game winning streak on the line in
Minnesota against the Midwest Division-leading Timberwolves at the Target
Center.

Earlier this season, the Nets crushed the Timberwolves, 84-61, at Continental
Airlines Arena. New Jersey has won three straight and four of the last five
meetings with the Timberwolves. The Nets have lost seven of their last nine at
Minnesota.

On Tuesday, Kenyon Martin scored 25 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to
improve New Jersey’s win streak to 14 games with an 86-74 victory over the
Toronto Raptors at the Meadowlands. The Nets have a comfortable 10 1/2 game
lead over the second-place New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division.

The Nets improved to 13-0 under head coach Lawrence Frank, giving him the best
start ever by any new manager/coach in professional sports history. The Boston
Red Sox won their first 12 games under interim manager Joe Morgan in 1988 and
James Price also started 12-0 with the New York Gothams in 1884.

The 14 consecutive wins is a season-high for the NBA this season. The last
team to win 14 games in a row was the Dallas Mavericks in the 2002-03 season.

Jason Kidd finished with 17 points and seven assists for the Nets, who also
have won eight straight at home. Kerry Kittles chipped in with 15 points in
the win, while Rodney Rogers netted 12.

New Jersey has allowed at least 100 points only four times (1-3) this season.

Martin has scored in double digits in 15 of his last 16 games. He is averaging
24 points and 14 rebounds in his last two contests.

The Nets, who have won six straight on the road, are 15-12 as the visitor this
season.

NJ