Kittles faces former team
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – The struggling New Jersey Nets try to halt
a six-game losing streak tonight, as they visit the Los Angeles Clippers at
the Staples Center.
The last time the Nets lost seven straight games was January 23, 2001 to
February 2, 2001.
LA guard Kerry Kittles plays his former team for the first time. The Clippers
acquired Kittles and cash considerations from the Nets in late July for a
future second-round draft pick. Kittles, who missed LA’s first 10 games this
season because of a right knee injury, played his first game of the season for
the Clippers on Sunday against Phoenix. He scored two points in 24 minutes of
action in the 122-111 loss to the Suns. The 30-year-old Kittles spent seven
seasons with the Nets.
In LA’s loss to the Suns, Marko Jaric posted 19 points and 10 assists for the
Clippers, who suffered their third consecutive defeat. Elton Brand and Bobby
Simmons each had 17 points in the loss. Mikki Moore chipped in with 18 points
and 10 boards off the bench for the Clippers, while Quinton Ross ended with 12
Jaric has scored in double-digits in five of LA’s 11 games this season. He is
averaging 10.8 points and a team-high 5.2 assists in the new campaign.
The Clippers are 2-3 as the host this season.
This is the second of a four-game road trip for the Nets. On Tuesday, New
Jersey dropped a 90-88 decision to the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
Richard Jefferson compiled 26 points and 11 boards for the Nets, who suffered
their sixth straight defeat despite an outstanding effort from their bench.
Rodney Buford had 13 points and Travis Best added 11 along with seven assists
to lead the New Jersey reserves, who outscored Denver’s bench 42-22.
New Jersey visits the Seattle SuperSonics on Friday and finishes up its road
trip on Sunday at the Rose Garden against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Jefferson has scored 20 or more points in three straight games and seven of 10
for New Jersey this season. He is averaging team-highs in points (22.3 ppg),
rebounds (9.5 apg) and assists (3.8 apg) for the Nets.
The Nets are 1-2 as the visitor this season.
Last season, the Nets swept their two meetings with the Clippers. Overall,
New Jersey has won seven of the last eight contests in this series. The Nets
have won three of their last four at the Clippers.