Kidd scored 18 points and led a trio of highlight-film fast
breaks in a 95-78 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night.
"Holiday spirit," Kidd said in explaining a personal show that
included a look-away fake on a layup, a behind-the-back pass that
set up a slam by Kenyon Martin, and a steal and a pass that led to
another slam by Richard Jefferson.
"I think when we are at our best, we express ourselves," said
Kidd, who added 10 assists. "It's not so much flashy, but it's
making difficult things look easy."
One of the things that was difficult early in the season that's
now seemingly easier for the Nets is winning.
This was their seventh win in nine games, and sixth straight at
"It's a long season and we have to get back to having fun,"
Nets coach Byron Scott said. "We are the two-time defending
(Eastern Conference) champions. Let's enjoy the moment. Let's have
fun with it and see what happens."
The Nets shot almost 49 percent from the field and got balanced
Jefferson scored 26 points, including six in a game-breaking
11-point run to start the fourth quarter.
Martin, who twisted his ankle on the opening tip-off, had 16
points and nine rebounds. Kerry Kittles added 14 points and New
Jersey limited Chicago to 37.2 percent shooting from the field in
handing the Bulls their ninth straight road loss.
"They got their break going," said Bulls rookie Kirk Hinrich,
who had 17 points. "This is how they got to the finals the last
two years, because of their break. They made plays and we never
recovered from that."
Kidd made the three plays people will remember.
The All Star point guard got the crowd out of their seats by
faking a pass with a roundhouse passing motion and continuing down
the lane for a layup in the first quarter.
"That was vintage J. Kidd right there," Martin said. "He
Kidd also made a behind-the-back pass to Martin for a slam late
in the second quarter, and he capped the show with a steal and pass
that ended with Jefferson scoring on a reverse slam in the third.
"Get it to J. Kidd at all cost, that's the way we play,"
Jefferson said. "He is one of the best in the history of
basketball on the fast break. I know if I get it to him, I'll
either get it back or he'll do something amazing, he didn't
Jerome Williams added 15 for the banged-up Bulls, who lost their
fourth straight overall. Chicago is 3-8 since Scott Skiles replaced
Bill Cartwright as coach on Nov. 24.
Kittles started his 400th game with the Nets, second-most
in franchise history behind Buck Williams. ... C Mikki Moore made
his New Jersey debut with 4:05 left. ... Bulls G Jamal Crawford
scored five points, only the second time in 14 games he has been
under double figures. ... Skiles got a first-half technical for
screaming after Corie Blount was hacked and didn't get a call.