Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Friday, January 10th
Game 2: Friday, January 17th
Game 3: Sunday, April 6th
Game 4: Saturday, April 12th

Nets 94

(27-10, 9-8 away)

Raptors 79

(8-28, 4-13 home)

    7:00 PM ET, January 10, 2003

    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 22 29 19 2494
    TOR 22 18 19 2079

    Top Performers

    NJ: J. Kidd 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    Tor: R. Alston 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Nets back on track after dismal effort vs. Kings

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

    Jason Kidd

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 94 79
    FGM-FGA 34-76 (.447) 31-67 (.463)
    3PM-3PA 6-12 (.500) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 20-28 (.714) 12-24 (.500)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-43 8-31
    Assists 18 16
    Turnovers 13 16
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 2 1
    Fast Break Points 8 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 24 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 25
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Rafer Alston Alston
    Points: 17
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0