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Bulls still can't win on road, Nets roll

12/23/2002

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The Nets have been very
inhospitable to visiting teams this season and they made no
exception for Jay Williams in spoiling his professional return to
New Jersey.

Lucious Harris scored nine of his 20 points during the
game-breaking third quarter, and the Nets rolled to a 99-83 victory
over Williams and the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

"We couldn't make a shot, which was frustrating,'' said
Williams, who finished eight points on 2-for-13 shooting. "We
couldn't win the game. They just played really well. You can see
why they are 15-1 at home, and we didn't play well at all.''

The game was nothing like the meeting between the teams in
Chicago on Nov. 9, when Williams recorded his first professional
triple-double with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists in a
100-93 win. Jason Kidd also had a triple-double in that game.

On Monday, he finished with four assists and a rebound in a game
attended by more than 700 friends and relatives. Williams was a
high school star at St. Joseph of Metuchen before going to Duke and
eventually entering the NBA as the second pick in last year's
draft.

"He had a great game in Chicago, but that was a long time
ago,'' Kidd said. "He is going to be a good player in this league
but as a rookie, you're going to have ups and downs. We caught him
on a good night tonight.''

Kidd added 19 points and Richard Jefferson had 18 as the Nets
won their 10th straight at home and sent the Bulls to their 14th
straight road loss.

Marcus Fizer and Jalen Rose had 16 points apiece to lead
Chicago.

"It was just one of those nights where everything was going
their way and everything was not going our way,'' said Williams.

The Bulls, who haven't won on the road since winning their
season opener in Boston, looked like they'd give the Nets a game
for most of the first half. A driving dunk by Fizer pulled Chicago
to 40-38 with 3:42 left in the first half, but the Nets took over.

Jefferson scored six straight points in a 10-6 run that pushed
the Nets' lead to 50-44 at the half.

The third quarter belonged to the Nets. They opened with a 14-2
spurt and finished the period with a 31-13 advantage.

Kenyon Martin scored the Nets' first six points in the quarter.
Harris hit two 3-pointers and converted a three-point play in the
quarter, while Kidd had seven points, including a three-point play
that capped the initial run.

Game notes
The Nets 15-1 start at home is their best ever. ...New
Jersey's record for consecutive home wins is 13. ...The Bulls are
1-14 on the road. ...The Bulls' record for consecutive road losses
is 25, set during the 2000-2001 season. ... New Jersey is now 15-3
when leading after the first quarter. ... Coming into the game, the
Nets' average winning margin at home was 15.5 points, tops in the
NBA.

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