Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Saturday, November 1st
Game 2: Friday, December 19th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 14th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 31st

Wizards 87

(8-17, 4-11 away)

Nets 97

(13-12, 7-6 home)

    Coverage: WBDC

    7:30 PM ET, December 19, 2003

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 14 16 29 2887
    NJ 30 14 29 2497

    Top Performers

    WSH: J. Hayes 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    NJ: K. Martin 22 Pts, 14 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Martin leads Nets to second straight win

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Kenyon Martin had 22 points, 14 rebounds and five assists and the Nets spoiled former assistant coach Eddie Jordan's return to New Jersey by beating the Washington Wizards 97-87 Friday night.

    Richard Jefferson had 18 points and Kerry Kittles 16 as the Nets won for the sixth time in seven games and for the second time this season over Jordan and the Wizards.

    The victory put the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions over the .500 mark for the first time since Nov. 1, when they were 2-1.

    Jarvis Hayes had 22 points and Larry Hughes 17 for the Wizards, who have lost nine of 11 and fell to 8-17 in Jordan's first season as coach.

    The Nets opened a 20-point second-quarter lead, gave away all but three points of it in the third quarter and didn't put the game away until Martin took over late, hitting a 3-pointer and finding Jason Kidd on a length-of-the-court pass for an uncontested layup.

    The up-and-down nature of the game mimicked a Nets' season that has been marked by inconsistency and a recent run-in between Kidd, who had 10 points, 11 assists and four rebounds, and coach Byron Scott.

    Rookie Steve Blake, who has struggled trying to replace Gilbert Arenas at point guard, hit three 3-pointers in less than a minute in the third quarter to help the Wizards get within 57-54.

    Blake and Hayes each missed chances to tie the game in the next minute with 3-pointers, and Washington never got another opportunity in a game that featured 48 turnovers -- 25 by the Wizards.

    A driving layup by Kittles, a jumper by Lucious Harris, a layup by Kidd and a 3-pointer by Tamar Slay gave the Nets a 73-59 lead after three quarters.

    Washington got no closer than seven in the fourth.

    New Jersey toyed with Washington in the first half, using a 21-5 spurt to take a 30-14 first-quarter lead. The margin grew to 20 points on a fast-break layup by Kittles.

    Game notes

    Wizards backup center Brendan Haywood had a fever and sinus problem and was not with the team. ... Nets backup center Aaron Williams was sidelined with a groin injury, the first time he has missed a game with New Jersey because of injury. ... Nets G Lucious Harris aggravated an ankle injury late in the third quarter and left the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 87 97
    FGM-FGA 30-78 (.385) 38-79 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 11-23 (.478) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 16-20 (.800) 16-19 (.842)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-40 11-45
    Assists 23 30
    Turnovers 25 23
    Steals 14 18
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 3 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 20 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Jarvis Hayes Hayes
    Points: 22
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Kenyon Martin Martin
    Points: 22
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1