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Martin's double-double helps Nets trip Magic

1/5/2003

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets have the NBA's longest
current winning streak -- nine games -- and the Orlando Magic think
the officiating had something to do with the latest victory.

Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 12 rebounds in New Jersey's
88-83 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.

The Nets attempted 28 more free throws than the Magic, which
helped lead to the ejection of Orlando coach Doc Rivers in the
third quarter. The Nets converted 24 of 36 attempts while the Magic
were 6-of-8. Orlando was called for 27 fouls compared to 14 on New
Jersey.

"Officiating tonight was crazy, it was really bad,'' Orlando's
Tracy McGrady said. "It was so bad that the players on their
team was like, `That was a bad call, you didn't touch me.' ''

The Nets got 15 points and 12 assists from Jason Kidd, while
Lucious Harris scored 14 and Richard Jefferson 13.

New Jersey is two wins shy of the franchise record for
consecutive victories (11) set during the 1982-83 season.

"It is just that confidence, right now it is attitude,'' said
coach Byron Scott, whose team plays at Atlanta on Monday to wrap up
a three-game road trip. "We feel that we can win anywhere and our
confidence is at an all-time high.''

McGrady led Orlando with 30 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists
and four steals. Darrell Armstrong had 14 points, seven assists and
six rebounds off the bench. Mike Miller and Pat Garrity were the
only other Magic starters to reach double figures with 11 and 10
points, respectively.

McGrady was the first Magic starter to attempt a free throw when
he went to the line with 3:09 remaining in the game. He made both
tries to pull Orlando to 84-81, but the Magic never got closer.

Orlando didn't score again until McGrady's dunk with 37.7
seconds left made it 87-83. Orlando gained possesson following a
missed shot by Harris, but Armstrong's drive was off and he fouled
Kidd, who hit one of two attempts for the final margin.

Orlando opened the third quarter with consecutive field goals
that tied the game at 46. New Jersey answered with an 8-0 run and
outscored Orlando 31-13 the rest of the period to lead 77-59.

The Nets got nine points from Martin and hit 11 of 17 free
throws in the third. Orlando didn't get to the line once in the
period, prompting Rivers's ejection with 1:19 left.

Rivers had been upset at the difference in foul shots, with the
Nets going to the line 30 times through three periods. Orlando had
four attempts in the same amount of time.

Rivers' first technical came with 1:26 remaining in the first
quarter. At the time, Orlando had seven fouls while the Nets were
whistled for one.

Kidd's 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds remaining gave the Nets a
46-42 halftime lead. Martin and Harris led New Jersey with nine
points each. McGrady, who scored 14 of Orlando's 21 first-quarter
points, had 18.

Game notes
Miller picked up two fouls in the game's first 1:12. He sat
out the remainder of the quarter. ... McGrady had his No. 3 jersey
from Auburndale (Fla.) High School retired at halftime. He attended
Auburndale from 1993-96 before transferring to Mount Zion Academy
in Durham, N.C., where he graduated in '97. McGrady will attend a
ceremony at Auburndale on Tuesday. ... ... Orlando's Grant Hill sat
out his fourth consecutive game resting his surgically-repaired
left ankle. Rivers expects Hill to play Monday at home against the
Knicks. ... New Jersey was 2-for-16 on 3-point attempts.