Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Friday, November 8th
Game 2: Thursday, November 28th

Clippers 92

(1-4, 0-2 away)

Nets 106

(5-1, 4-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 8, 2002

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 26 30 22 1492
    NJ 33 16 28 29106

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 20 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    NJ: J. Kidd 35 Pts, 7 Reb, 9 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Kidd scores 15 of game-high 35 points in fourth quarter

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Jason Kidd sensed the New Jersey Nets needed a spark.

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd had his highest-scoring game with the Nets on Friday night.

    So he took over the game in the second half Friday night, scoring 15 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nets to a 106-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

    "I thought the Clippers had all the energy in the first half,'' Kidd said. "The second half, I just tried to make something happen and get the tempo going in our favor.''

    Kidd, who had his best scoring night as a Net, also had nine assists and seven rebounds. New Jersey depends on Kidd as their catalyst, although the contributions usually come in the form of assists, steals and rebounds. This was one instance when Kidd turned on the scoring.

    "The scoring part is not my usual MO,'' Kidd said. "Tonight, I felt that was something the team needed.''

    That ability to respond to the situation on the court makes Kidd a unique talent, according to Nets coach Byron Scott.

    "I prefer that he does whatever he has to get us the win,'' Scott said. "It doesn't matter if it is scoring or giving it to other guys to score.''

    Kenyon Martin had 16 points and Kerry Kittles added 15 for the Nets, who have won all four home games.

    Elton Brand and Andre Miller each had 20 to pace the Clippers.

    Kidd started to find his scoring touch in the third quarter and took over the game in the fourth.

    He scored 11 points as New Jersey opened the quarter on a 15-6 run that he capped with a trio of jump shots. After Miller responded with a basket to cut the Nets' lead to 92-86, Kidd fed Martin and Jefferson for consecutive dunks that put the game out of reach for the Clippers.

    As the Nets kept coming, the Clippers crumbled as a result of Kidd's scoring and their own mistakes. The Clippers committed 23 turnovers that led to 29 Nets points.

    "We've had almost 50 turnovers in the last two games,'' Clippers coach Alvin Gentry said. "We're not going to beat Seton Hall if we turn it over like that. Until we take better care of the basketball, it's going to be a struggle for us.''

    The Nets led 33-26 after one quarter as Martin paced the attack with eight points. The Clippers, who trailed by as many as nine, clawed back to within four as Brand, who had 13 points in the quarter, had consecutive baskets on a turnaround jumper and a driving dunk to cut the deficit to 30-26 with 26.6 seconds remaining.

    Rodney Rogers, logging extra minutes with Jefferson in early foul trouble, hit a 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left to give the Nets their seven-point lead at the end of the quarter.

    Rodney Rogers, logging extra minutes with Jefferson in early foul trouble, hit a 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left to give the Nets their seven-point lead at the end of the quarter.

    Jefferson picked up three fouls in first 4 minutes, hampering his chances for a bounceback effort following the worst game of his career. Jefferson scored just one point Wednesday night in the Nets' 99-93 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

    The momentum swung the Clippers way in the second quarter as they outscored the Nets 30-16 to take a 56-49 lead at the half.

    The Nets held a 44-43 lead when the Clippers went on a 13-5 run to close out the half.

    The Clippers remained in control for the first half of the third quarter as they built a 66-58 lead. The Nets came roaring back to cut the Clippers' advantage to 78-77 after three.

    Kidd was the catalyst for the Nets, scoring 10 points in the comeback including a reverse layup that pulled the Nets even at 75. He also had two assists and a steal in the spurt.

    "Kidd just took over,'' Los Angeles' Michael Olowokandi said. "The third and fourth quarters were his. He dominated.''

    Game notes

    Kidd's career high is 43 points, done in March 2001 while with Phoenix. ... Eric Piatkowski appeared in his 559th game as a member of the Clippers and moved into second place on the career list. Piatkowski, who joined the team in the 1994-95 season, trails only Randy Smith who accumulated 714 games in two stints: 1971-72 to 1978-79 and 1982-83. ... The Nets have won five in a row against the Clippers, who last beat New Jersey on Jan. 29, 2000, a 98-93 victory at home. ... The Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies are the only teams that the Nets hold an all-time winning record against.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 106
    FGM-FGA 37-78 (.474) 43-80 (.538)
    3PM-3PA 6-20 (.300) 3-8 (.375)
    FTM-FTA 12-19 (.632) 17-25 (.680)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-40 8-35
    Assists 20 27
    Turnovers 23 13
    Steals 6 11
    Blocks 9 4
    Fast Break Points 6 13
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (3/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    New Jersey
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 20
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 35
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1