Friday , Jan , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Kidd, Nets rally to down Bulls

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd recorded 23 points, 14 rebounds and
11 assists for his 82nd career triple-double, leading the New Jersey Nets to
an 86-83 comeback win over the Chicago Bulls.

Vince Carter posted 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Nets, who
have won 16 of the last 20 times against the Bulls. That includes two rallies
from 18 points down in the past week. Last Friday, New Jersey rallied for a
91-86 win.

Richard Jefferson scored 14 and Mikki Moore contributed 13 points and 12
rebounds for New Jersey, which has won five of its last six overall.

“It’s definitely up there as one of our better wins,” Carter said. “To come
back from 18 we really have to trust each other. Nothing’s easy. The next time
we play them, we could be down by 18 and lose by 36.”

Andres Nocioni had 28 points and Ben Gordon scored 23 for the Bulls, who have
lost three straight. Kirk Hinrich added 19 points and 10 assists, but his long
shot at the buzzer was blocked by Bostjan Nachbar as time ran out.

“We took some open shots, we just missed,” Nocioni said. “We need to play with
more confidence and we need to keep working.”

Chicago held a 74-67 lead following a Hinrich layup with 7:47 remaining, but
the Bulls then went cold from the field, and the Nets capitalized with 14
consecutive points.

Kidd’s three-pointer gave New Jersey the lead and his layup capped the spurt
for an 81-74 margin with 2:20 remaining. The Bulls missed eight straight shots
during New Jersey’s push.

Kidd hit one free throw to extend the Nets to an 84-81 lead with 15.7 seconds
left before Hinrich hit two from the line with 11.4 ticks remaining.

Kidd then banged in a pair from the charity stripe with 10.6 seconds to go and
then momentarily stripped Hinrich before the Bulls guard failed to get off a
last-second shot, as he was snuffed by Nachbar.

“It’s tough to describe him because he was so great,” Jefferson said of Kidd.
“I looked up in the third quarter and I think he had 17 (points), 10
(rebounds), nine (assists). I said that’s a pretty good game. His stats were

The Bulls led 18-8 early following consecutive three-pointers from Luol Deng
and Nocioni, and Chicago held a comfortable 28-15 cushion after 12 minutes.
That advantage grew to 49-35 at halftime and 55-37 with 10:20 left in the
third quarter following a Nocioni jumper.

However, the Nets responded with a 22-6 spurt, getting within 61-59 on a
Carter free throw with 2:58 left in the third. It was 65-61 in favor of the
Bulls going into the fourth.

Game Notes

The Nets outrebounded the Bulls, 50-41…Nachbar had 11 points.