Saturday , May , 12 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Kidd, Nets down Cavaliers in Game 3

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Jason Kidd recorded his 11th career
playoff triple-double, and the New Jersey Nets avoided a huge three-game hole
in their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 96-85 victory over the
Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kidd finished with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists for the Nets, who
dominated from the opening tip off and pulled within 2-1 in the best-of-seven
set.

Vince Carter, who suffered a sprained finger on his left hand in the third
quarter but returned in the fourth, finished with 23 points, six rebounds
and four assists. Richard Jefferson was a force inside with 23 points and
eight rebounds for New Jersey, which dominated on the boards, 43-30, and shot
47 percent in the contest.

Larry Hughes led the way with 23 points for Cleveland, which saw its
franchise-record six-game playoff winning streak come to an end. LeBron James
was held under the 20-point plateau, finishing the night with 18 points and 12
assists.

The loss also snapped a 10-game winning streak for the Cavs that dated to the
end of the regular season.

Game 4 of this best-of-seven series is scheduled for Monday at Continental
Airlines Arena.

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