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Nets back on track after dismal effort vs. Kings

1/11/2003

TORONTO (AP) -- Jason Kidd didn't let New Jersey's worst loss of
the season linger.

Kidd had 25 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as the Nets
handed the Toronto Raptors their 12th straight defeat with a 94-79
victory Friday night.

It came a night after Kidd scored just 10 points on 5-for-17
shooting in Thursday's 36-point loss to the Sacramento Kings.

"I just wanted to do whatever the team needs. Tonight, it was a
little bit of scoring because I didn't get a chance to do it last
night,'' said Kidd, who shot 9-for-19 against Toronto. "It was a
good game overall to forget about what happened. It shows a lot of
character because we could still let that loss linger and take a
week or so to get out of it, but it only took us 24 hours.''

Kenyon Martin added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets, who
were denied an 11th straight win Thursday.

"It seemed like we we're a little down, but Kidd pressed the
issue,'' Martin said.

Toronto's Vince Carter missed his 16th straight game with a
strained right knee. Carter practiced twice this past week, but
wasn't given medical clearance before the game.

Toronto's Jerome Williams said Carter will be sidelined another
three weeks.

"I feel really bad for him because he worked really hard in
practice the last few days. I was talking to him before the game
and he wasn't able to convince the doctors that he could go,''
Williams said. "It's frustrating for him because when he tells us
that he's almost ready, than the doctors tells him he's gone for
another three weeks, that's mentally deflating.''

Newly acquired Rafer Alston had 17 points and five turnovers for
the Raptors, who have lost 16 of 17.

Kidd had 11 points and five assists as New Jersey outscored
Toronto 29-18 in the second quarter. After Alston made a 3-pointer
to tie it at 36, the Nets followed with a 15-4 run, including two
3-pointers by Kidd. New Jersey never trailed after that.

Kidd scored six straight points in the third quarter to give New
Jersey a 13-point lead with 2:56 left in the period. His fadeaway
jumper at the end of the third made it 70-59.

After making a 3-pointer in the fourth, Kidd made a bounce pass
to Richard Jefferson, whose dunk made it 80-66 with 5:53 left.

Rodney Rogers later followed with a 3-pointer and Kidd made a
jumper, giving New Jersey a 15-point lead with 4:25 remaining.

"I think Jason had a little more get-up-and-go tonight. You
could see it, especially in the second quarter,'' New Jersey coach
Byron Scott said. "He was really pushing it up the floor, forcing
the issue, forcing us to get up and down the floor like we
wanted.''

New Jersey outrebounded Toronto 43-31.

Kerry Kittles and Rogers each added 13 points, while Jefferson
had 12.

Game notes
Scott continued to substitute Anthony Johnson for Kidd
midway through the first quarter. The Kings went on their decisive
13-0 run on Thursday after Scott rested Kidd with five minutes left
in the first. The Raptors couldn't take advantage. ... Former
Raptor Chris Childs was more diplomatic in his assessment of Carter
than former Raptor Keon Clark, who recently ripped Carter not
working hard. "When you get a player of his quality, you expect
more -- especially from a leadership standpoint,'' Childs said. "I
think what Keon was saying was that he needs to show more
leadership, and be the type of player he wants to be because I've
asked him plenty of times while I was here, 'What kind of player do
you want to be?' You can say all the right things, but you have to
go out there and prove it. Whether he realizes it or not he has a
lot to prove because not only are people questioning his desire,
people are questioning his heart.'' Childs said Carter was capable
of proving himself. ... Carter's mother sat courtside.