Kidd scored 21 points to help compensate for a team-record 12
turnovers, and Lucious Harris also scored 21 to lead the Nets to a
101-94 victory over the Hawks on Monday night.
"I thought I only had one,'' Kidd said jokingly. "Brett Favre
and Michael Vick, they have days when they can't complete a pass,
but they still find a way to win the ballgame.''
Kidd tied the Nets record for turnovers, set by Kevin Porter in
1977. Kidd fell two short of the NBA mark that he shares with John
Drew, having 14 turnovers in a game for the Phoenix Suns on Nov.
New Jersey, which had 23 turnovers overall, took control with an
early 12-0 run and pushed the lead to 19 points midway through the
The Hawks, led by Jason Terry with 27 points, lost their fifth
in a row. They have won only twice in their last 13 games.
"You can't get down 19 to the best team in the East,'' coach
Terry Stotts said. "I didn't like the look on our face. We looked
defeated. We need to play with gusto, play like you're meant to be
out there and compete against a very good basketball team.''
The Nets scored the next 12 points. Martin started the spurt
with a turnaround hook, Richard Jefferson finished it with a
Atlanta never got closer than five points the rest of the way.
Every time the Hawks made a run, New Jersey simply turned up the
defensive pressure and kept them from getting any closer.
"We played a ragged game,'' Kidd said. "Some of the games
won't be pretty. But not too many teams have a 10-game winning
Harris wasn't too concerned about Kidd's turnovers.
"That's the way he plays,'' Harris said. "He goes 100 miles
The Hawks had their usual problems with the ball, giving it up
"It was a frustrating game,'' Abdur-Rahim said. "We need to
start games better, plays halves better, quarters better. We have
to come focused and ready to play.''
The Nets haven't lost since 101-99 setback at New York on Dec.
17. During the winning streak, New Jersey has won by an average of
16.1 points per game.
Jefferson and Martin scored 17 points apiece for the Nets, but
Jason Collins was held to two free throws -- ending a streak of
three straight games in which all five starters scored in double
Robinson had 23 points for the Hawks, but Abdur-Rahim, with 15,
was the only other Atlanta player in double figures.
New Jersey beat the Hawks for the third time this season.
In the process, the Nets snapped a two-game losing streak at
Philips Arena. ... New Jersey has won four straight road games. ...
Since getting off to a 6-4 start, the Hawks are 6-17. ... Atlanta
is 1-5 since Terry Stotts replaced the fired Lon Kruger as coach.
... The Hawks have gone 17 straight games without scoring 100
points. ... The Nets improved to 15-1 when reaching triple figures.
... New Jersey is 17-5 against Eastern Conference teams. ... The
biggest cheer of the night came when Vick, star quarterback of the
hometown Falcons, was shown on the video board. He watched the game
from a courtside seat.