Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/2

Game 1: Wednesday, January 2nd
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Nets92
Game 2: Sunday, March 17th
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Grizzlies76

Nets 92

(20-10, 11-3 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    7:30 PM ET, January 2, 2002

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 28 7 21 1874
    NJ 29 22 26 1592

    Top Performers

    Memphis: P. Gasol 14 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 6 Blk

    New Jersey: A. Williams 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Kidd's 14 assists in 26 minutes all the Nets needed

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- All the New Jersey Nets had to do to beat the Memphis Grizzlies was put Jason Kidd on the court.

    Kenyon Martin

    AP

    Kenyon Martin slams down two of his 15 points for the Nets.

    Kidd had 14 assists in 26 minutes and the Nets outscored Memphis by 32 points with him on the floor in defeating the Grizzlies 92-74 Wednesday night.

    "They've probably got the best point guard in the game," said Memphis coach Sidney Lowe, whose team was limited to a season-low seven points in the second quarter. "These guys around him know that if they run the floor, they'll get easy layups."

    Sometimes, the shots were even easier.

    After Memphis closed to 10 points early in the third with a 6-0 run, Kidd put on a show -- assisting on seven consecutive baskets, the last five dunks.

    "I just deliver the ball," said Kidd, who is 20-2 in games against the Grizzlies' franchise. "That's what it's all about, trying to get them the ball in positions where they can be successful."

    Aaron Williams came off the bench to score a season-high 20 points, Kerry Kittles added 18 points and Kenyon Martin had 15 for the Eastern Conference-leading Nets, who won for the fourth time in five games.

    Also impressive were some of the Nets' shooting percentages. Kittles was 9-for-10 from the field, and Williams was 7-for-13.

    New Jersey, which led by as many as 27 points in the fourth quarter, shot 47 percent as a team.

    Shane Battier had 20 points for the Grizzlies, who were constantly beaten in transition. Stromile Swift had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Pau Gasol had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Memphis, which shot 28-for-100 from the field, including 2-for-21 in the second quarter.

    Battier said the Grizzlies took a lot of bad shots and that helped the Nets.

    "When you're playing against a guy like Jason Kidd, when you take a bad shot he is going to make you pay," Battier said. "When he got it going by passing the ball, it seemed like all five of their guys were like greyhounds on the fastbreak."

    New Jersey outscored Memphis 52-34 in the paint, with most of the points coming on layups and slams.

    Kidd helped stake the Nets to 25-14 first-quarter lead, picking up assists on two of the first three baskets.

    After he went to the bench with 5:06 left in the period, the Grizzlies scored the next 14 points to get back in the game.

    When Kidd returned 62 seconds into the second quarter, New Jersey trailed 30-29.

    New Jersey outscored Memphis 22-5 over the next 10:58 with Martin, Kittles and Williams each scoring six points. Kidd had four assists in the run that gave the Nets a 51-35 halftime lead.

    Game notes
    Williams' game also featured a second-quarter technical for arguing non-call when Swift blocked his shot. ... The game was the Nets' first against the Grizzlies since they moved to Memphis. ... New Jersey is 19-5 when holding an opponent to less than 100 points. ... Despite losing their second consecutive, Memphis is 4-3 in its last seven, including a victory over the Lakers with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in the lineup.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MEM
    NJ
    Points 74 92
    FGM-FGA 28-100 (.280) 39-83 (.470)
    3PM-3PA 1-11 (.091) 2-4 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 17-18 (.944) 12-14 (.857)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 24-55 10-48
    Assists 15 32
    Turnovers 18 17
    Steals 8 12
    Blocks 8 10
    Fast Break Points 7 26
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 21 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Memphis
    New Jersey
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 14
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 6
    Aaron Williams Williams
    Points: 20
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 4