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Kidd keeps Nets going in win against Wizards

©Associated Press
November 3, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Jason Kidd finished off Michael Jordan and the Wizards.

Kidd and Jordan entered the game with 7:10 remaining, during a couple of free throws that gave the Nets a five-point lead.

From there, Kidd took over -- while Jordan was a non-factor. Kidd stole the ball from Jerry Stackhouse, converted the layup and added four more points in a 19-7 run to lead the Nets to an 87-79 victory against the Wizards on Saturday night.

"The fourth quarter is winning time," New Jersey coach Byron Scott said. "J-Kidd, and they've got the best ever in Michael. Just like he took it upon himself, so did J-Kidd."

The Nets had five players score in double figures, led by Kidd's 18 points, and are 3-0.

"Jason Kidd showed why he is talked about as being the MVP of the league," Washington coach Doug Collins said. "He came in and had a little stretch there of about three minutes where he just changed the game."

That's supposed to be Jordan's role. He isn't starting this season so he can be strong when the game is on the line, but he missed two of his next three shots after re-entering the game with Kidd as New Jersey built the double-digit lead.

Jordan finished with 21 points on 7-for-16 shooting in 27 minutes. Jerry Stackhouse led Washington with 23 points.

ROCKETS 88, RAPTORS 76: Steve Francis scored 28 and Yao Ming provided some entertaining moments in his home debut for Houston.

Yao, the No. 1 overall pick, entered with 8:18 to go in the first quarter with fans cheering his every move. He scored his second NBA basket moments later with a hook shot and drove around Mamadoi N'diaye moments later for two points. Yao grabbed a deflected pass in the third quarter and dunked. He finished with eight points, four rebounds, one block and three fouls.

Raptors guard Vince Carter left with 6:17 to go in the first quarter with a strained left knee and did not return. Team trainers said he would be re-examined today.

HAWKS 98, BULLS 92: Glenn Robinson became the first Atlanta player to score 30 in three consecutive games to start a season and Jason Terry added 23 to help the team to its first 2-1 start in three years. Jalen Rose scored 24 for Chicago, which fell short of its first 3-0 start since 1997.

CELTICS 117, KNICKS 107: Paul Pierce scored 46, including 14 in the fourth, as visiting Boston bounced back from the worst loss in franchise history. Pierce finished two points shy of his career high set last season, scoring 14 of Boston's final 20. Antoine Walker added 18 points and 10 assists and Eric Williams scored 19 for Boston, which lost by 45 at Washington two nights earlier.

KINGS 116, GRIZZLIES 99: Vlade Divac had 24 points and nine assists to lead visiting Sacramento. Bobby Jackson scored 23 on 10-of-18 shooting from the field, and Hedo Turkoglu added 22 off the bench as six Kings scored in double figures.

MAVERICKS 97, SUNS 83: Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 and Michael Finley scored eight of his 17 during a third-quarter run for Dallas. Steve Nash added 15 points and eight assists, but the Mavs' home opener was marred by starter Raef LaFrentz spraining his right ankle early in the third. He did not return.

HORNETS 100, HEAT 95: Jamal Mashburn had 35 points and eight rebounds against his former team to lead host New Orleans. David Wesley added 19 points, Baron Davis had 15 and eight assists and P.J. Brown scored 14 and grabbed 10 rebounds.

PACERS 87, TIMBERWOLVES 80: Brad Miller had 22 points and 16 rebounds and Jermaine O'Neal had 21 points and 14 rebounds for host Indiana. Jonathan Bender added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Ron Artest had 14 points for the Pacers.

JAZZ 101, WARRIORS 92: Karl Malone scored 26 as host Utah avoided its first 0-3 start since 1979. John Stockton added 15 points and seven assists as Utah defeated Golden State for the 24th time in the past 25 meetings.

NETS: Kidd was fined $5,000 for elbowing Indiana's Jamaal Tinsley in Friday night's game.

KNICKS: The team announced its 433rd consecutive sellout Saturday night for the home opener against Boston, but officials predicted the streak will end Monday. The game against the Celtics did not sell out until Saturday morning, and more than 1,000 tickets remain for Monday night's game against the Bucks.

NUGGETS: Forward Juwan Howard missed Saturday night's game against Portland because of a stomach virus.

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