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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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