Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Wednesday, November 27th
Game 2: Monday, December 9th

Suns 93

(10-10, 1-7 away)

Nets 106

(14-7, 10-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 9, 2002

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 30 19 13 3193
    NJ 22 27 34 23106

    Top Performers

    Phoenix: A. Stoudemire 19 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    New Jersey: J. Kidd 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    After falling in Phoenix, Nets make amends at home

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets don't like getting beat, and they try to make sure whoever does pays a price the next time around.

    The bill came due for the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

    Jason Kidd had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds and the Nets made amends for a dismal game in Phoenix less than two weeks ago by ripping the Suns 106-93.

    "We understand that we let one get away,'' said Nets forward Richard Jefferson, who added 19 points. "We believe we're the better team and that we should come out get the victory tonight.''

    After a somewhat slow start, the Eastern Conference champion Nets dominated the final three quarters. They wiped out an early 12-point deficit and built a 26-point lead before clearing the bench.

    It was a performance opposite their 82-75 loss in Phoenix on Nov. 27. That point total was the lowest of the year for New Jersey, as was their 29.5 percent shooting from the field.

    "I hate that we lost to them in Phoenix,'' said Rodney Rogers, who added 18 points against his former teammates. "I definitely wanted to beat them in Phoenix. I hate that we had to split.''

    Six players scored in double figures for the Nets, who shot 43-for-88 from the field (48.9 percent), including 14-for-25 in the third quarter when they took control by outscoring Phoenix 34-13.

    Rookie Amare Stoudemire had 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns, who have lost five straight away from America West Arena and are 1-7 on the road this season.

    "We didn't play bad because of them, we played bad because of us,'' said Suns point guard Stephon Marbury, who added 16 points. "The first half, that's how we're supposed to play basketball. We looked like two different teams.''

    Kidd and the Nets defense had a lot to do with that.

    "Both teams didn't make any shots in Phoenix,'' said Kidd, who has turned the Nets into a contender since being acquired from Phoenix for Marbury. "Both teams made shots here and it was a question of who was going to make a stand first. I'm happy it was us that slowed those guys down.''

    Marbury sat in the locker room for almost 20 minutes before talking to the media. He said he bruised his right thigh in a loss to Memphis on Sunday, and he felt he probably should not have played against New Jersey.

    Phoenix built a 12-point lead early in the second quarter, but New Jersey started pushing the ball inside midway through the second quarter and it tied the game at 49 at halftime.

    The Nets blew the game open in the third quarter with an early 18-2 burst that featured five points by Kidd and four apiece by Jefferson, Kenyon Martin and Lucious Harris.

    New Jersey led 83-62 after three quarter and the final 12 minutes were garbage time as the Nets won for the 10th time in 11 home games.

    Kidd and company didn't get going until the starters were put back on the floor with 6:14 left in the half. The ball suddenly found its way inside and Kidd, Martin and Jefferson each scored six points in a 20-11 run that tied the game at 49 at the half.

    Game notes

    Nets G Chris Childs, who was suspended before the season because of a weight problem may start practicing this week. ...The win was Byron Scott's 92nd, moving him into sole possession of second place on the Nets' all-time list behind Kevin Loughery (129). ... While the Suns have won 15 of 21 against the Nets, they have lost the last three at the Continental Airlines Arena. ...All of the Nets 14 wins have been by at least seven points. ... Marbury needed 30 tickets for family.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 106
    FGM-FGA 35-86 (.407) 43-88 (.489)
    3PM-3PA 1-12 (.083) 5-12 (.417)
    FTM-FTA 22-29 (.759) 15-21 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-50 10-41
    Assists 16 25
    Turnovers 18 15
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 2 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 21 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Amar'e Stoudemire Stoudemire
    Points: 19
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 20
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0