Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/1

Game 1: Sunday, December 1st
Game 2: Monday, February 3rd

SuperSonics 108

(21-25, 11-14 away)

Nets 109

(33-15, 22-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, February 3, 2003

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    SEA 20 34 24 22 8108
    NJ 33 32 20 15 9109

    Top Performers

    Sea: D. Mason 30 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    NJ: K. Martin 35 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Blk

    Martin's career-high 35 outshines Mason's season-high 30

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Kenyon Martin of the New Jersey Nets seems determined to show he shouldn't have been passed over for the NBA All-Star game.

    Kenyon Martin

    Martin had a career-high 35 points, 12 rebounds and blocked a shot late in regulation that gave Jason Kidd the opportunity to hit a 3-pointer with 1:31 left in overtime in a 109-108 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Monday night.

    "I think that he's showing he's an All-Star in this league,'' Kidd said after the Nets improved to 22-2 at home. "He'll get his time when his name is called. Right now, I'm going to campaign for him to be on the Olympic team.''

    In the four games since the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves were picked by the coaches, Martin has averaged 26.5 points and 15.3 rebounds.

    "I told the guys I am going to go out and destroy everybody, no matter who it is,'' Martin said of his recent tear, which included a last-second block of Rashard Lewis' shot at the end of regulation.

    For all Martin did, and all the attention on the point-guard matchup between Kidd and Gary Payton -- both of whom will be free agents after this season -- the game was decided by Seattle's Desmond Mason.

    After scoring 10 of the SuperSonics' final 12 points in regulation, Mason was designated to take Seattle's final shot in overtime after scoring 30 points on 13-for-24 shooting.

    Mason got an open look off an inbounds play on shot No. 25. The 3-point attempt hit the back of the rim and bounced out at the buzzer in a disheartening loss for Seattle, which rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half.

    "It felt good when it left my hands,'' Mason said. "It was the best shot you could possibly get. I had no one on me. It just didn't fall.''

    Kidd finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds, winning his matchup with Payton, who had 12 points and seven assists.

    Lewis added 25 points and eight rebounds for Seattle.

    Kidd gave the Nets a 109-106 lead with his 3-pointer with 1:31 to go, and then the game got a little spotty.

    After a turnover by Seattle, Martin had a shot blocked underneath.

    Former Nets guard Kenny Anderson got Seattle within a point with a driving layup with 30.4 seconds to play.

    Kidd missed a long 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds to go, and then things got interesting.

    Coming out of a timeout, Lewis appeared to have a layup off an inbounds play, but Lucious Harris provided weakside help and batted the ball out of bounds with 4.7 seconds to go.

    On the ensuing inbounds play, Richard Jefferson gave a foul just before Payton hit what would have been a go-ahead baseline jumper with 3.4 seconds left.

    "I thought I was in the motion when he grabbed me by the waist,'' said Payton, who also missed a shot with 20 seconds left in regulation. "That's a judgment call.''

    Seattle set up a third time and Mason got an open look, but his shot bounced off the rim.

    "Right now things are not going our way,'' Payton said. "Hopefully, we'll come back in the second half and things will go our way.''

    Seattle beat New Jersey earlier this season on a 3-pointer by Brent Barry in the final seconds.

    After trailing by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter, Seattle got back in the game with a 15-3 spurt that spanned the end of the third and the start of the fourth.

    Game notes

    The Sonics are 0-9 when they give up 100 points. ... The Nets' 65 points in the first half was a season high. ... Nets F Rodney Rogers, on the injured list, made the biggest play of the night, protecting Kidd's son, T.J., when New Jersey forward Aaron Williams fell into the seats behind the bench. ... Barry returned to the lineup after missing four games with a sore knee and played in his 500th NBA game. ... New Jersey is 25-4 when leading after the first quarter.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 109
    FGM-FGA 43-88 (.489) 39-76 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 5-12 (.417) 10-19 (.526)
    FTM-FTA 17-21 (.810) 21-29 (.724)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-32 12-43
    Assists 26 23
    Turnovers 8 20
    Steals 13 4
    Blocks 4 4
    Fast Break Points 4 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (3/0) 25 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Desmond Mason Mason
    Points: 30
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Kenyon Martin Martin
    Points: 35
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2