Kidd on tech: 'That was an accident'

NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Nets didn’t lose on Wednesday night because of the officiating.

But there were some fairly questionable calls in their 110-81 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Nets coach Jason Kidd and guard Joe Johnson were both given technical fouls.

Kidd received his first career regular-season technical as a coach with 8:56 left in the second quarter.

“Accidentally, that was an accident,” Kidd said with a smile.

Kidd was upset because the officials awarded the ball to the Knicks after it appeared to go off of guard J.R. Smith. Smith flailed while shooting as he was being defended by guard Marcus Thornton.

“I was wrong,” said Kidd, who actually may have been right. “They felt that I expressed too much so I got a T. No big thing.”

Johnson received his second T of the season at the end of the first half. He was upset about a no-call as he went up for a shot while defended by Smith in the post.

“It wasn’t just that call, but it is what it is,” Johnson said. “I got an apology [from the officials because they were wrong] at halftime, but it meant nothing.”

Paul Pierce picked up a flagrant foul 1 in the third quarter. Pierce was defending Iman Shumpert and whacked the Knicks guard in the face as he drove to the basket.

“I thought I was making a basketball play,” Pierce said. “The refs made a judgment call and what can you do?”

Asked about the officiating overall, Pierce said, “It’s too fresh after the game for me to really recall, I have to go back and look at the tape. But at the end of the day, we have to do a better job defensively. We can’t put it in the hands of the refs. And you still gotta put the ball in the hole. It’s as simple as that.”