Kerry Kittles scored a season-high 27 points and Martin put on a
dunking show and added 25 as the New Jersey Nets defeated the
turnover-prone Miami Heat 95-86 friday night.
Kittles made 10 of 18 shots and Martin shot 12-of-19 with six
dunks as the Nets won for the fourth time in five games.
Martin's signature dunk of the night came in the second quarter,
a two-handed slam over the 6-foot-10 Mourning. By the time Martin
was finished, the Nets had maintained their hold on first place in
the Atlantic Division.
"If I get the ball, I don't even think about it," Martin said.
"If I see that I have a lane, I'm going for it. It's pretty much a
done deal if I get a running start."
While Kittles did most of his damage from the outside, there was
nothing subtle about Martin's game. He attacked the rim with
authority and made it fun for his teammates and coach to watch.
"Kenyon made some unbelievable plays tonight," Nets coach
Byron Scott said. "The play where he went right at Alonzo was
unbelievable. He was spectacular. He is a very emotional player, he
has had some good practices of late, and tonight he had a break-out
Martin and Kittles helped the Nets run over and past the Heat,
who matched a season-high with 22 turnovers and dropped to 4-17.
The Heat are 2-3 since snapping a 12-game losing skid.
"We got out-played, out-coached, out-moved, out-dunked and
out-ran," Miami coach Pat Riley said. "My guys didn't quit. They
just got out-classed. I got out-classed, period.
"That team (New Jersey) has passion, they stay with their
offense, they run breaks, they dunk over the top, they get second
shots and hit threes. They're a great team right now."
The Heat came back from an 11-point deficit in the first quarter
and took a 52-48 halftime lead. But New Jersey outscored Miami
31-18 in the third period, aided by eight Heat turnovers, to open a
79-70 lead. Kittles and Jason Kidd combined for 15 points in the
Kittles' 3-pointer snapped a 56-56 tie, and the Nets then went
on an 18-10 run to build a 77-66 lead with 1:10 left in the
Miami could get no closer than seven points in the fourth
Kidd had 13 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for New
"The first five minutes of the second half are the most
important of the game," Martin said. "We did what we had to do.
They had 52 in the first half and 34 in the second. That was the
difference in the game."
Jim Jackson scored 24 points to lead the Heat, who have lost
eight of their last nine games at home. Brian Grant added 12 points
and 10 rebounds.
"A team like New Jersey wants to play in the open court,"
Jackson said. "If you give them turnovers and fast-break points,
they're going to kill you."
Game notes The Heat activated swingman Kendall Gill one day after
releasing Sam Mack. Gill scored three points in 10 minutes. Gill
was placed on the injured list Nov. 10 with a fractured pinky
finger on his left hand suffered Nov. 6 against Seattle. He missed
16 games. ... Count Kidd among those who feel badly for what Heat
center Alonzo Mourning is going through with his kidney disease.
"He's a competitor, a warrior who comes to play every night,"
Kidd said. ...Besides Gill, Heat players Chris Gatling, Vladimir
Stepania and Jackson once played for the Nets. ...Martin scored the
Nets' first eight points in the second quarter and wound up with 12
points in the period. ...Miami's 52 points in the first half
matched a season high. ...Miami's LaPhonso Ellis picked up a
flagrant foul against rookie center Jason Collins late in the