Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Monday, November 18th
Nuggets79Final
Nets99
Game 2: Monday, January 27th
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Nuggets66

Nuggets 79

 

Nets 99

(8-3, 6-1 home)

    Coverage: FSRM

    7:30 PM ET, November 18, 2002

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    DEN 15 14 19 3179
    NJ 30 25 28 1699

    Top Performers

    Den: K. Satterfield 15 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    NJ: J. Kidd 24 Pts, 2 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Nets hand Nuggets fourth straight defeat

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets embarrassed the Denver Nuggets with more than just the score.

    Jason Kidd
    Kidd

    Jason Kidd hit five straight shots and scored 13 of his 24 points in the first quarter to lead New Jersey to a 99-79 victory over the woeful Nuggets on Monday night. The Nets might have gone a little too far in trying to put on a third-period dunk show.

    "That's us,'' New Jersey forward Kenyon Martin said. "It wasn't because the game was out of reach. We do that every game.''

    With the Nets ahead by 28 late in the third and the starters still on the floor, New Jersey tried to create a highlight reel.

    During one sequence, Kidd set up Martin for an alley-oop dunk, Martin stole a pass and scored on a big breakaway dunk and Richard Jefferson scored on a reverse alley-oop dunk on another pass from Kidd.

    With the Nets doing whatever they wanted, Kerry Kittles passed up a breakaway layup and threw a pass off the backboard for Kidd.

    Kidd flubbed the shot and it bounced off the backboard to a trailing Jefferson, who got the ball and was fouled going up for a shot.

    "We're all professionals here, we're not trying to embarrass anyone,'' Kidd said. "We're out playing, a play presented itself and we tried it. It won't be the first or last time we try to do something out of the ordinary.''

    Rookie Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik got off the bench quickly after Jefferson was fouled and started to move to the Nets' end of the floor. He just as quickly turned and walked back to the bench.

    Bzdelik insisted he was angry with his team rather than the Nets.

    "The way my team played annoyed me. This is the NBA, it's a man's league,'' Bzdelik said. "Nobody feels sorry for you. That didn't concern me. We allowed that to happen.''

    Nuggets guard James Posey was more aggravated.

    "Like I said, you just never forget,'' Posey said. "They felt they could do it. It was the right thing to do, so they tried it. They just tried to get highlights. You just keep it in the back of your mind.''

    Martin and Kittles added 15 points apiece and the Nets forced 28 turnovers in handing the Nuggets their fourth straight loss.

    Denver scored a franchise-low 53 points in a loss to Detroit on Saturday. It was the second-lowest total in NBA history since the inception of the 24-second shot clock, just four points off the league record set by Chicago in 1999.

    Kidd made sure the Nuggets never threatened the Eastern Conference champions, hitting three 3-pointers, a jumper and a layup in a game-opening 19-7 run. He also assisted on Kittles' fast-break basket.

    New Jersey led by 15 after the first quarter, 26 at the half and 35 after three periods.

    Kenny Satterfield scored 15 points to lead the Nuggets, who have five rookies on their roster -- the second-youngest in the league.

    The Nets kept their starters on the bench in the fourth quarter as fans called for New Jersey coach Byron Scott to put little-used Brian Scalabrine in the game.

    Game notes


    The Nuggets didn't get to the foul line until Posey finished a three-point play with 7:02 left in the third quarter. ... Denver scored 31 points in the fourth quarter, breaking a streak of seven consecutive quarters it failed to score 20. ... In their loss to Detroit, the Nuggets scored 24 points in the second half. ... Denver's 28 turnovers were a season high. ... New Jersey is 6-1 at home.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DEN
    NJ
    Points 79 99
    FGM-FGA 35-85 (.412) 38-70 (.543)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 8-13 (.615)
    FTM-FTA 4-7 (.571) 15-19 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-42 3-30
    Assists 13 23
    Turnovers 28 22
    Steals 16 16
    Blocks 8 7
    Fast Break Points 4 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 15 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Denver
    New Jersey
    Kenny Satterfield Satterfield
    Points: 15
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 24
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0