EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Even without Kenyon Martin, the New
Jersey Nets are formidable.
"That's the type of team we are," Van Horn said. "That's what
you are going to see from us all year. It puts a lot of pressure on
opposing defenses when you have so many different options, so many
different threats on the court, and we showed it tonight."
Kerry Kittles added 18 points, Jason Kidd had 17 points, seven
assists and six rebounds, and Aaron Williams had 11 points and a
key late block as the Eastern Division-leading Nets came back to
win after blowing a 17-point first-half lead.
Lucious Harris and Todd MacCulloch added 12 points, and Richard
Jefferson had 11 as New Jersey overcame season highs of 26 points
and 14 rebounds by Alonzo Mourning to end Miami's season-best
three-game winning streak.
New Jersey now is 3-0 when Martin is suspended. It beat
Cleveland on Dec. 26 after he was suspended for a flagrant against
Karl Malone of Utah and it added wins against Charlotte and now
Miami following his suspension for throwing a punch at Orlando's
Tracy McGrady on Friday.
Martin can return on Thursday when the Nets play the Clippers
"They had one guy who had a great night, but we had seven guys
who had good nights," MacCulloch said. "That seems to be how this
team is successful and I think we will continue to be."
Eddie Jones, who just won the NBA player of the week award, was
held to nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, snapping a string of 32
consecutive games in double figures.
Miami, which trailed most of the game, scored the first six
points of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 80 on Mourning's
baseline jumper with 10:15 to play.
Williams hit a layup, and Jason Collins put in a rebound to put
the Nets back in front.
A jumper by LaPhonso Ellis at 8:49 got Miami within 85-84, but
the Nets grabbed control with an 8-0 run that started with a jumper
and 3-pointer by Kittles. The run ended with two free throws by Van
Horn, who then scored New Jersey's next nine points.
Miami never got closer than six points the rest of the way.
Grant had a chance to close the gap to four with 1:24 to go, but
Williams blocked his layup.
"Unbelievable," Kidd said. "Two (Xavier) teammates meeting
each other in midair. That was a big block on his part."
The Nets shot 59 percent from the field in the first half and
they seemed in total control, leading by 17 points with less than a
minute to go in the second quarter.
But Mourning hit two free throws, and Strickland banked in a
desperation shot from beyond halfcourt to cut the lead to 60-52.
"Our problem tonight was defense," Miami coach Part Riley
said. "We shot 52 percent but we could not get a handle on
shutting them down for a consistent period of time."
Miami carried the momentum into the third quarter, getting back
into the game with a 16-7 run that featured six points by
Nets F Donny Marshall, who was signed Monday, had one point
in 11 minutes. ... It's the first time the Nets have had
consecutive wins over Miami since the 1999-00 season. ... New
Jersey hadn't scored more than 100 points against the Heat since an
overtime loss on Dec. 12, 1995. ... New Jersey has won six of its
last eight games. ... The Heat are 1-7 against Atlantic Division
opponents. ... Miami had held 17 of its last 18 opponents under 100