Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/31

Game 1: Wednesday, December 31st
Game 2: Friday, March 5th

Warriors 70

(14-16, 4-10 away)

Nets 88


    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, December 31, 2003

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 23 18 15 1470
    NJ 16 27 28 1788

    Top Performers

    GS: E. Dampier 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    NJ: J. Kidd 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 5 Stl

    Nets notch 10th win in 13 games

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- With the New Jersey Nets out of their early funk, Jason Kidd is starting to have fun.

    He even dunked. Well, maybe.

    Kidd had seven points and two assists in a 13-3 third-quarter run that led the Nets to an 88-70 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

    The highlight of the night was Kidd's steal and quasi dunk later in the quarter. The All-Star point guard, who rarely dunks, got above the rim and gently finger rolled the ball through the basket.

    "Yeah, that was a dunk," said Kidd, who was questioned more about that play than his 23 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

    When pressed, Kidd deferred to Kenyon Martin, the Nets forward who has a reel of highlight slams.

    "K-Mart said it was a dunk, and if he says it was a dunk, it was a dunk," Kidd said. "He's the rules official on that."

    The joking aside, Kidd and the Nets were in a good mood after closing the year with 10 wins in 13 games.

    "A 10-win month is a pretty good month," coach Byron Scott said. "We talked about that in the beginning of the season, trying to win 10 games each month."

    Martin, who celebrated his 26th birthday Tuesday, scored 17 points and put an exclamation point on the victory with two late 3-pointers.

    Kerry Kittles added six of his 14 points in the third quarter, when the Nets turned a two-point halftime lead into a 15-point advantage in handing the Warriors their third straight loss.

    Jason Richardson and Erick Dampier had 15 points apiece to lead Golden State, which was shut down by the Nets' defense after the first quarter. The Warriors hit 11 of 20 shots from the field in taking a 23-16 lead, then made only 11 of 33 shots and scored 33 points over the next two quarters.

    "We are not sustaining the effort over 48 minutes," said Warriors forward Clifford Robinson, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter.

    "When you play these guys, you have to do a good job getting back on defense because Jason is going to do a good job of probing an opportunity in transition," Robinson said. "They made plays and we just didn't."

    Kidd scored eight points in the second quarter to help wipe out the Warriors' lead, and he was a one-man show early in the third.

    After Richard Jefferson hit two free throws to give New Jersey a 47-45 lead, Kidd hit a jumper to push the lead to four.

    Mike Dunleavy got Golden State within a point with a 3-pointer, but Kidd answered with a 3-pointer, set up Kittles for a fast-break basket, hit another basket and fed Martin for an alley-oop slam.

    Golden State got to 60-55 later in the quarter, but Jefferson hit a jumper and Kidd had a steal and layup during a run that blew the game open.

    Kidd never left the bench in the fourth quarter.

    Game notes

    Warriors F Brian Cardinal left with 7:10 to play after being hit in the face. ... Nets backup center Aaron Williams might be back in the lineup Friday against Cleveland after missing seven straight games because of a groin injury. ... New Jersey F Rodney Rogers played nine minutes after being benched Monday. ... There were only 29 fouls called, plus technicals against Martin and Warriors coach Eric Musselman.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 88
    FGM-FGA 28-70 (.400) 34-78 (.436)
    3PM-3PA 3-16 (.188) 7-16 (.438)
    FTM-FTA 11-17 (.647) 13-15 (.867)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-40 9-36
    Assists 15 23
    Turnovers 16 11
    Steals 8 12
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 1 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (1/0) 13 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    New Jersey
    Erick Dampier Dampier
    Points: 15
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 23
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0