Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/2

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

Nets 87

(42-24, 16-18 away)

    2:00 PM ET, March 17, 2002

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 15 31 24 1787
    MEM 17 17 21 2176

    Top Performers

    NJ: K. Van Horn 13 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Mem: P. Gasol 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Nets snap seven-game road losing streak

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- With the best record in the Eastern Conference, the New Jersey Nets expect to outplay cellar-dwelling teams like the Memphis Grizzlies.

    The Grizzlies helped out Sunday, shooting less than 30 percent through three quarters, and New Jersey left town with an 87-76 victory, its first road victory in more than three weeks.

    "We have the best record, and we should have beaten them," said Nets coach Byron Scott. "We got better and better as the game went on."

    Kerry Kittles scored 19 points and Keith Van Horn added 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Nets snapped a seven-game road losing streak.

    Kittles was 7-for-14 from the field, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

    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 consecutive shots.

    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."

    Game notes

    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 at Washington.

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