Kidd also had 13 rebounds and seven assists in 41 minutes. He
twice stopped Cleveland rallies with 3-pointers, and is now 6-0 in
head-to-head matchups with Miller -- including 3-0 this season.
"I played him more than I wanted," Nets coach Byron Scott
said. "I had to ride that horse. He did everything for us."
After the Cavaliers whittled a 25-point deficit to 86-84, Kidd
sank a 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:08 to play for an 89-84
"They had us going backwards and I was trying to be
aggressive," Kidd said. "If they had given me a layup, I would
have taken it."
Kidd also hit a 3 with 8.1 seconds left in the third quarter to
end a 19-3 run by the Cavaliers.
"They'll say what a great effort we had, but that's garbage,"
Cavaliers coach John Lucas said. "We want to win these games.
We're not great, but we're better than that. We didn't play
Miller, who entered the game leading the NBA in assists at 11.1
a game, had 14 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. His tenacious
play nearly tied the score in the final seconds.
"Every play down the stretch is crucial," Jumaine Jones said.
"We didn't make enough of them."
Miller hustled for the rebound of a missed shot by teammate
Ricky Davis with 14 seconds left. Miller missed a short jumper, but
again scrapped for the ball, stole it from the Nets' Jason Collins,
and passed to Jones, who misfired on a 3-point attempt.
Nets coach Byron Scott admitted he breathed a sigh of relief.
"Very much so," he said. "It could have easily gotten away
Kidd turned the game around early.
Trailing 13-4, Scott called a timeout. Ten seconds later, Kidd
hit a 15-foot jumper to spark New Jersey on a 10-0 run that turned
into a 43-11 run by midway through the second quarter.
Kidd scored six straight points, then twice passed to Kerry
Kittles for easy layups and a 14-13 lead.
Kidd finished the first quarter with a flair. He snared a
rebound with four seconds left, split defenders Bimbo Coles and
Davis at midcourt and buried a 21-footer as the buzzer sounded.
He had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists in the quarter
as the Nets took a 31-19 lead.
"Jason Kidd willed this game," Lucas said.
The Nets were without forward Kenyon Martin, their
second-leading scorer who served a one game suspension by the NBA.
Martin also was fined $7,500 for a flagrant foul against Karl
Malone of the Utah Jazz last Saturday.
Richard Jefferson, making his first career start in place of
Martin, had 16 points.
The Cavs were without forward Lamond Murray, who averages
16 points a game. He has not practiced since straining his lower
back Saturday against Indiana and is day to day. ... The Nets had
used the same five starters in their first 25 games, a team record.
... Nets guard Brandon Armstrong did not play because of a strained
lower back. ... The Cavs blocked 16 shots, including a career-high
six by Jones. ... Cleveland leads the all-time series 67-49,
including 42-16 at home.