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Five Nets hit double figures in season sweeper

1/22/2002

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Jason Kidd showed no lingering effects of one
of the worst shooting days of his career.

Kidd had 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the New Jersey Nets
to a 92-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

Kidd shot 1-for-17 in a loss to Dallas on Monday afternoon.
Against San Antonio, he shot 12-for-24.

"This team has raised the bar, from making the playoffs to
being one of the elite teams in the league," Kidd said.
"Yesterday has nothing to do with this today. When I took the
floor, my focus was on San Antonio."

The Nets outscored the Spurs 53-43 in the second half as Kidd
scored 19 of his points and pulled down 10 rebounds over the final
two periods.

New Jersey, which swept the season series against San Antonio,
placed five players in double figures. Keith Van Horn scored 17 points, Lucious Harris added 12, Kerry Kittles 11 and Kenyon Martin 10.

"This is about our biggest win all season," New Jersey coach
Byron Scott said. "From start to finish, we did just about
everything we wanted to do on both ends of the court."

San Antonio, which lost its second straight home game, was led
by Tim Duncan's 32 points and 14 rebounds. Antonio Daniels added 18
points, and David Robinson scored 16 for the Spurs.

"We had a tough time scoring tonight," San Antonio coach Gregg
Popovich said. "The guys competed well. The competitiveness is
good, but when you shoot 38 percent from field and 17 percent from
3-point, it makes it tough."

Leading 71-64, New Jersey opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0,
pushing its lead to 79-64 on a jumper by Harris with 9:44
remaining.

San Antonio countered with a 13-0 run, closing within 79-77 when
Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 4:46 remaining.

Martin stopped the run with consecutive baskets to give New
Jersey an 83-78 advantage.

Duncan hit three free throws to cut the Spurs' deficit to 83-80
with 2:46 remaining.

Kidd scored five consecutive points to give New Jersey a 90-84
lead with 20.2 seconds left.

"You can expect that kind of performance from a superstar with
his kind of passion for the game," Scott said of Kidd. "If he had
a tough outing the night before, you can expect him to come back
the next night strong.

"He made a point to come out and make an impact on this game
and he did. He hit some big shots and some key baskets on the way
to winning this one."

San Antonio, which shot only 38.0 percent from the field, could
get no closer than four points the rest of the way.

Trailing 47-41 early in the third quarter, New Jersey went on a 9-0 run to take a 50-47 lead on a slam dunk by Martin with 7:37 to play in the period.

Kidd had 12 third-quarter points as New Jersey led 71-64 with one period remaining. The Nets outscored San Antonio 32-21 in the period.

"He's an all-pro," said Van Horn of Kidd. "He came back and shot the ball great tonight. To come into San Antonio and win here in a hard place to play says a lot about our team."

New Jersey broke the game open in the second half with 13 unanswered fast break points. The Nets outrebounded San Antonio 48-41.

Duncan had 17 points in the first half as San Antonio built a 43-39 lead by halftime.

Game notes
With the loss, San Antonio fell to 27-12 overall and is only 2-4 over the last six games . ... With the win, New Jersey swept the season series with San Antonio. The Nets beat the Spurs 99-97 on Jan. 14 in New Jersey. ... The Spurs lead the all-time series 43-17. ... San Antonio is 26-4 at home against New Jersey. ... Duncan had his 33rd double-double of the season and 262nd of his career. ... Duncan has scored 20 or more points in 21 straight games.