Kidd leads Nets past Magic
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd had 28 points, 11 assists
and seven rebounds to give the New Jersey Nets a 96-93 win over the short-
handed Orlando Magic.
The Magic were playing with nine players after they traded Steve Francis to
the New York Knicks earlier in the day for Trevor Ariza and Anfernee Hardaway.
Richard Jefferson netted 23 and also grabbed eight boards and Vince Carter
scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Nets, who have won
three straight games.
Keyon Dooling paced the Magic with a career-high 23 points and six assists and
Dwight Howard added 17 points and six boards in the loss, Orlando’s eighth in
New Jersey opened the third quarter with an 11-5 run, highlighted by a pair of
buckets in the paint from Nenad Krstic, to narrow the gap to 61-57.
The Magic came back with a 7-2 run to extend the lead to 68-59, but the
Nets closed the stanza with a 10-2 spurt, including six points from Carter,
and trailed 70-69 heading into the fourth quarter.
Orlando shot 5-of-18 and was outscored 23-14 in the third period.
The Nets jumped in front 81-75 to open the final frame, courtesy of a 12-5
with Jefferson and Antoine Wright each scoring four during the run.
Dooling hit a jumper with 3:07 remaining and tied the game at 85, but Kidd
drained a three-pointer followed by a driving layup to give the Nets a 90-85
lead with 1:46 to play.
New Jersey sank 4-of-5 at the line in the final minute to put the seal on the
The Magic closed the first quarter with a 10-3 run to extend their lead to
29-25 lead after 12 minutes of play, and then connected on their final six
shots from the field in the second period to build a 56-46 edge at the half.
Orlando shot 52.9 percent from the field, while New Jersey drained 42.3
percent from the floor…The Nets wore their retro jerseys to commemorate the
30th anniversary of the 1975-76 ABA championship team…The Nets are 4-0 when
they have three or more players score 20 points…New Jersey has won three
consecutive and eight of the last 11 meetings…The Nets sank 24-of-27 from
the foul line.