Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/22

Game 1: Friday, November 22nd
Game 2: Monday, December 30th
Game 3: Tuesday, February 25th
Game 4: Sunday, March 23rd

Cavaliers 88

(6-27, 1-15 away)

Nets 102

(23-9, 18-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 30, 2002

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 20 21 25 2288
    NJ 26 27 30 19102

    Top Performers

    Cleveland: R. Davis 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 10 Ast

    New Jersey: K. Martin 28 Pts, 10 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Martin lets game come to him, Cavs pay

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) --Staying inside is paying off for Kenyon Martin.

    Martin celebrated his 25th birthday with 28 points and 10 rebounds, and the Nets tied a franchise record with their 13th straight home win by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-88 Monday night.

    "I'm letting it come to me and my shot selection is a lot better,'' Martin said after his second straight double-double. "I'm not shooting all jump shots like I had been. I'm getting in the paint early and everything else is falling in line.''

    In his three seasons in the league, Martin has often settled for his jump shot. Against the Cavs, not one of his points came from outside.

    "He's playing great basketball,'' Nets coach Byron Scott said. "He's playing smart and under control. He's not really looking to score. He's just letting everything pretty much come to him. When he plays that way, he's hard to guard.''

    Jason Kidd added 17 points and 10 assists and Richard Jefferson had 19 points for the Nets, who have won seven straight overall and 18 of 19 at the Continental Airlines Arena.

    "We don't pay much attention to records anymore,'' Martin said. "That was last year. We just go out and take things one game at a time.''

    Ricky Davis hit five 3-pointers, scored 24 points and added 10 assists, but he couldn't prevent the Cavaliers from losing their 14th straight on the road, two shy of the team record set in 1984. Rookie Dajuan Wagner, a former high school star from Camden, added 22 points in his first game as a pro in New Jersey.

    "They just took it up a notch,'' Wagner said. "They came up and killed us. They're one of the best in the league and they have the best point guard in the league. It's frustrating. We played good, but we were up against a really good team tonight.''

    The Nets used a 21-2 run bridging the end of the first quarter and the start of the second to take the lead for good.

    Kidd ignited the run by blocking a fast-break layup attempt by Wagner, which set up a big slam by Martin. Seconds later, Martin had a steal and assist to set up a basket by Rodney Rogers that put the Nets ahead 19-18.

    Kidd had four points in the run and Anthony Johnson came off the bench to added five early in the second quarter.

    The Nets led 53-41 at the half, and Kidd and Martin helped blow the game open in the third quarter by scoring 10 points apiece. Martin also had four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the quarter to register his second straight double-double.

    Cleveland (6-27) made a run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth. Davis' final 3-pointer got the Cavaliers to 85-76, but Aaron Williams converted a three-point play and Jefferson hit a jumper to push the lead to 14 points.

    "We controlled the tempo in the first quarter but those guys are good, they know how to play,'' said Davis, who was called for two technical fouls. He wasn't ejected because the first was for hanging on the rim.

    Game notes

    Nets shooting guard Lucious Harris had 15 points after being named NBA player of the week. ... Kidd blocked three of Wagner's shots in the first half. ... The Cavs started Carlos Boozer at forward because Tyrone Hill had the flu. ... The Nets' seven-game overall winning streak is the second-longest in franchise history. ... New Jersey's 12 victories in December are a franchise record.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 102
    FGM-FGA 35-82 (.427) 40-87 (.460)
    3PM-3PA 10-17 (.588) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 8-12 (.667) 19-24 (.792)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-38 13-45
    Assists 19 27
    Turnovers 18 11
    Steals 3 8
    Blocks 4 13
    Fast Break Points 8 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (4/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Ricky Davis Davis
    Points: 24
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 10
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Kenyon Martin Martin
    Points: 28
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3