Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/15

Game 1: Wednesday, January 15th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 5th
Game 3: Sunday, February 16th
Game 4: Sunday, March 16th

Nets 111

(34-15, 12-13 away)

76ers 85

(25-24, 15-11 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:30 PM ET, February 5, 2003

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 23 34 28 26111
    PHI 24 19 18 2485

    Top Performers

    NJ: K. Kittles 35 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Phi: A. Iverson 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl

    Kittles displays shooting touch, scores season-high 35

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Once Kerry Kittles got going, nobody was stopping him.

     Kerry Kittles

    Kittles scored a season-high 35 points, leading the New Jersey Nets to a 111-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

    "I got into a pretty good rhythm early and hit some 3s," said Kittles, who finished 12-of-16, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. "I was getting good looks."

    The Atlantic Division-leading Nets have won six of seven after losing their first three games on a West Coast trip. New Jersey heads into the All-Star break tied with Indiana for the best record in the Eastern Conference at 34-15.

    Allen Iverson had 28 points and Keith Van Horn added 16 for the Sixers, who have lost three of four and enter the break at 25-24.

    "The second half was real disappointing," Sixers coach Larry Brown said. "We didn't match their energy. They executed great. They put on a clinic."

    Jason Collins had 13, and Brian Scalabrine and Aaron Williams each had 12 for the Nets.

    Jason Kidd, who played despite a stomach flu, had eight points, seven rebounds and six assists in 27 minutes.

    "We really had it going tonight," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "They beat us the first time and we really wanted this one."

    The Nets broke open a close game early in the second quarter with a 12-0 run. They outscored Philadelphia 24-3 over a stretch of 6:42 in the second to take a 51-31 lead.

    After Van Horn's hook shot gave the Sixers a 28-27 lead, New Jersey scored the next 12. Former Sixer Lucious Harris began the run with a jumper and Richard Jefferson had a driving dunk.

    The Sixers cut the deficit to 14 at halftime, and got to 57-45 on a layup by Van Horn to start the third. But the Nets scored 14 straight to put the game out of reach.

    Kittles opened the run with a 3-pointer, a layup and a driving layup. He capped the spurt with another 3 that made it 71-45 just 3:44 into the third.

    New Jersey led by at least 20 the rest of the way.

    "We were just trying to maintain our aggressiveness," Kittles said.

    Scott was quite pleased with Kittles' performance.

    "He really stepped it up," Scott said. "He hit big shot after big shot."

    The Nets lost forward Kenyon Martin to a left knee sprain in the first quarter. Martin didn't return, but said he'll be back after the All-Star break.

    "I could've stayed in if it was a playoff game," Martin said.

    The injury-depleted Sixers got forward Kenny Thomas and swingman Greg Buckner back from injuries, but it didn't help their performance. After opening 10-0 at the First Union Center, the Sixers have lost 11 of 16 at home, including nine of the last 11.

    It was so bad for Philadelphia that team chairman Ed Snider left his courtside seat and spent most of the second half deep in conversation with general Billy King at King's seat in the stands.

    "I just wasn't happy," Snider said. "Billy and I were discussing what we're going to do about it. We want to make this team better and we're going to do everything in our power to make it better."

    Game notes
    Thomas returned after missing six games with a thigh bruise and Buckner came back after sitting out four games with hip and groin injuries. ... The Sixers beat the Nets 108-107 at the First Union Center in their only other meeting Jan. 15. ... Nets guard Chris Childs missed the game with a stomach virus. ... Sixers guard Aaron McKie left in the third quarter with a right ankle injury and didn't return. ... It was Van Horn's second game against his former teammates. Van Horn came to Philadelphia with Todd MacCulloch in the trade for Dikembe Mutombo last offseason. Neither Mutombo nor MacCulloch played. Mutombo is out with a wrist injury, and MacCulloch has been plagued by foot problems. ... The Nets were 26-of-28 from the foul line.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 111 85
    FGM-FGA 38-69 (.551) 29-75 (.387)
    3PM-3PA 9-18 (.500) 0-5 (.000)
    FTM-FTA 26-28 (.929) 27-36 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-37 11-39
    Assists 27 19
    Turnovers 10 11
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 3 0
    Fast Break Points 4 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 22 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Kerry Kittles Kittles
    Points: 35
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 28
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0