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
"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
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
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.
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.
Bulls GM Gar Forman welcomed rookie Denzel Washington to the club Monday, and also acknowledged the end of an era in Chicago.
The wife of Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni was forced from her home and had to be rescued by boat during last week's floods in West Virginia.
The Rockets' free-agency search will be broad in attempting to upgrade a roster that finished 41-41.