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Kidd apologizes after arrest

PHOENIX -- Suns point guard Jason Kidd appeared contrite Friday after his arrest for investigation of an allegation that he hit his wife during an argument.

"I love my wife. I love my family," Kidd said in his first public statement since Thursday's arrest. "This is a situation that is embarrassing to me, to my family and to the Phoenix Suns, and I apologize."

Police arrested Kidd and a misdemeanor assault charge was filed by town attorney Andrew Miller on Friday. Kidd was arrested at his Paradise Valley home after his wife, Joumana, called 911 to report that her husband struck her. Arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.

Kidd delivered a brief statement to the media after a Suns practice but would not answer questions.

Police said Kidd was arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse, appeared before a magistrate Thursday night and was released to the custody of his attorney.

"There is an issue as a family," Kidd said, "and personally, I do have issues I have to work on."

Suns owner Jerry Colangelo said Kidd admitted to having problems with his wife. "You know they love each other and they need time to work through these problems," Colangelo said.

WARRIORS 103, SUNS 95: Antawn Jamison had 24 points and 13 rebounds as visiting Golden State took advantage of Kidd's absence to snap a six-game losing streak. Marc Jackson added 20 points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors.

RAPTORS 101, WIZARDS 79: Vince Carter scored 25 as host Toronto won for the fifth time in six games and extended Washington's losing streak to nine.

76ERS 97, NETS 86: Playing without Allen Iverson, host Philadelphia got 21 from Aaron McKie and held off a second-half rally to win its fifth in a row. Iverson missed the game because of a bruised left knee.

BUCKS 105, HORNETS 98: Sam Cassell scored 23 as visiting Milwaukee extended its winning streak to a season-best six games. Elden Campbell and Derrick Coleman did not play for the Hornets. Campbell, the starting center, had the flu and Coleman had a bruised left knee.

KNICKS 97, PISTONS 91: With Marcus Camby serving the first of a five-game suspension, visiting New York won for the 10th time in 11 games and extended its record of holding opponents to fewer than 100 points to 32 consecutive games.

Before the game, New York activated Felton Spencer and put Lavor Postell on the injured list because of a lower back strain.

NUGGETS 91, CAVS 88: Antonio McDyess had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Nick Van Exel had 19 points and 10 assists, leading host Denver to its ninth win in 10 games.

WOLVES 98, SONICS 93: Anthony Peeler scored 24, 21 in the second half for visiting Minnesota. Seattle played without Gary Payton, who was suspended by coach Nate McMillan for one game after getting into a shouting match with him in the locker room after a home loss to Phoenix.

HEAT 97, GRIZZLIES 86: Eddie Jones scored 26 to help Miami break a four-game road losing streak and win for the 11th time in 15 games.

SLAM DUNK CONTEST: Carter, the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, will not participate. Carter, last year's champion, told Stu Jackson, the league's vice president of operations, he did not feel he could do it physically.

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