Kittles was 7-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-5 from
Jason Kidd scored 12 points and handed out 10 assists, and Aaron
Williams added 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field.
"We knew the other night Memphis took Boston down to the
wire," Kidd said of the Grizzlies, who blew an eight-point lead in
the final two minutes Friday night. "These are dangerous teams and
dangerous games....We came out on the road and we played with a lot
of energy and everybody played hard."
Memphis has lost three in a row and 12 of its last 14.
Rookie Pau Gasol led the Grizzlies with 18 points and nine
rebounds, while Will Solomon scored 14 in 18 minutes off the bench.
Memphis shot 36 percent for the game, but it took a 10-for-16
fourth-quarter performance when the game was out of reach to get
the Grizzlies to that point.
"Obviously, we didn't shoot the ball well, so that hurt us,"
Memphis coach Sidney Lowe said. "(The Nets) are a very good
defensive team. They don't have to double anybody."
It was obvious early that the Grizzlies were not sharp. There
were poor shots and sloppy ballhandling with Memphis committing 18
turnovers in the game to go with its dismal shooting performance.
Lowe believed his team was still feeling the effects of that
last-minute collapse against Boston two days earlier.
"(The Nets) are a good club, but we did not play as well as we
can," Lowe said. "We were a drained ballclub. I think the Boston
game took a lot out of us emotionally."
New Jersey led 46-34 at the half after the Grizzlies' connected
on only 12 of 42 shots for 29 percent. The Nets shot only 32
percent in the first quarter. At one point in the first quarter,
the two teams failed to score on 18 possessions and missed 19
The Nets shot 57 percent in the second period and put together a
20-2 run, including 13 consecutive points, to build their 12-point
halftime lead. Kittles had 10 points in the half.
New Jersey maintained its double-digit lead through the third
quarter and Memphis didn't threaten.
"It felt good to have an easy fourth quarter," Scott said.
"We got other guys off the bench in this game."
Nets forward Kenyon Martin did not play after being suspended for
the game by the league because of a flagrant foul Friday against
Miami's Jim Jackson. ... Richard Jefferson started in place of
Martin and scored eight points. ... Kittles' third-quarter steal
gave him 552 for his career, tying him with Micheal Ray Richardson
on the Nets' career list. .. Grizzlies forward Stromile Swift left the
game in the first half with a left groin strain, but did return.
... Memphis reserve guard Brevin Knight missed his 10th game out of the
last 12 with foot and hip ailments. ... New Jersey is now 9-3
against the Grizzlies and swept the two-game season series with
Memphis. ... New Jersey's last road victory before Sunday was Feb. 21
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