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
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
"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
"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.''
"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
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'
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.
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.