Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 10/30

Game 1: Wednesday, October 30th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 3rd
Game 3: Monday, January 6th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 9th

Nets 92

(48-30, 16-23 away)

Hawks 97

(32-46, 24-15 home)

    Coverage: SSN

    7:30 PM ET, April 9, 2003

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 17 21 21 3392
    ATL 23 29 21 2497

    Top Performers

    NJ: J. Kidd 23 Pts, 11 Reb, 12 Ast

    Atl: S. Abdur-Rahim 18 Pts, 15 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Kidd: 'As a team, we had no effort at all'

    ATLANTA (AP) -- With Glenn Robinson hobbled by a strained Achilles' tendon, Ira Newble never knows when he might be inserted into the lineup.

    He made the most of another chance Wednesday night.

    Newble hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:38 left and the Atlanta Hawks held off a furious rally to beat the New Jersey Nets 97-92 Wednesday night.

    "I don't find out if I'm starting or not until just before the game," said Newble, who had a season-high 16 points. "Glenn comes in to work on his injury, and then he decides if he can go.

    "He's such an offensive weapon, when he's not in the lineup everybody has to step up. I just took my chances when they came and made some shots."

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim added another 3 late in the game to extend the margin to six, and after Jason Kidd made a layup on the other end, Atlanta's Dion Glover made a free throw for the final margin.

    Jason Terry scored 24 points for the Hawks, and Abdur-Rahim added 18 points and 15 rebounds. The Hawks improved to 6-3 without Robinson.

    "We've played some good basketball," Atlanta coach Terry Stotts. "I think it's a credit to the guys that when they get the extra minutes, they play well and play together."

    Kidd had his fourth triple-double of the season, totaling 23 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. The Nets lost for only the second time in eight games, but are just 16-23 on the road.

    With Detroit's overtime victory over Chicago, New Jersey is tied for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with the Pistons.

    "As a team, we had no effort at all," Kidd said. "We let our golden opportunity get away from us. I'm not surprised, just disappointed, considering what was at stake."

    Newble, an improving shooter from long range who's made 35 percent this year, was wide open in the corner with the score tied and took a pass from Glover. Just as he shot, Atlanta guard Jermaine Jackson, sitting on the bench, stood up and raised both arms in the air to signal the shot was good.

    It swished through to give the Hawks a 93-90 lead.

    "I have been working hard on my shot, but you know what, it's mostly about confidence," Newble said. "The corner is my favorite spot, anyway, so I was looking forward to that shot."

    Later, when Abdur-Rahim missed two free throws, Newble tipped the second miss back out, allowing Atlanta to keep possession. Terry then drove down the lane with the shot clock winding down, then shoveled the ball to Abdur-Rahim, who was all alone behind the line.

    He made his only attempt from beyond the arc, and the Hawks had their third victory in four games.

    "I had an idea what Jason was going to do, and I was just ready for the pass," Abdur-Rahim said. "I was still mad about missing both those free throws, so I had to get over it and make that shot."

    The Nets trailed by 17 early in the fourth quarter, but used a 14-0 run in a span of little more than two minutes to get back in it. Stotts was forced to call two timeouts during the surge, which started after Kidd put back his own missed 3-pointer.

    Kidd had seven of the points during the run, and Rodney Rogers had a jumper and a 3-pointer.

    "Some nights -- and this was one of those nights -- I have nobody running with me," Kidd said. "That's my game, to have somebody running with me. That didn't happen until the fourth quarter."

    New Jersey eventually tied it at 87 on a 3-pointer by Kerry Kittles, setting up the finish.

    "I think it's tough to win a game when you don't come out to play," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "That's the bottom line. We had one guy that understood what this game meant and how important this game was, and that was (Kidd).

    "We didn't even show up until the fourth quarter."

    Glover scored 18 points for Atlanta and Theo Ratliff had 13.

    Game notes
    Robinson played 31 minutes Tuesday night in a loss to the New York Knicks, but aggravated his strained Achilles' tendon. ... New Jersey C Dikembe Mutombo, coming from a wrist injury, played 19 minutes, including most of the fourth quarter. He scored three points and had three rebounds. ... At the end of the first half, Kittles launched a halfcourt shot just before the buzzer that swished through. The referees originally ruled the shot came after the horn, and a video replay confirmed the call.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 97
    FGM-FGA 36-84 (.429) 38-81 (.469)
    3PM-3PA 7-20 (.350) 11-18 (.611)
    FTM-FTA 13-16 (.813) 10-17 (.588)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-46 10-43
    Assists 23 26
    Turnovers 11 11
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 2 5
    Fast Break Points 10 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (1/0) 17 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 23
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 18
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1