Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Thursday, November 27th
Nets102Final
Clippers96
Game 2: Tuesday, January 6th
Clippers75Final
Nets92

Clippers 75

(14-17, 3-9 away)

Nets 92

(20-14, 11-7 home)

    Coverage: FSPI

    7:30 PM ET, January 6, 2004

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 15 13 24 2375
    NJ 24 27 22 1992

    Top Performers

    LAC: E. Brand 11 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    NJ: J. Kidd 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    Clippers held to season-low 28 first-half points

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A blowout victory for the New Jersey Nets was marred by a blowup between Kenyon Martin and Corey Maggette.

    Jason Kidd had his second straight 30-plus point game and Nets held the Los Angeles Clippers to a season-low 28 first-half points in a 92-75 win Tuesday night. Martin and Maggette were ejected after exchanging punches in the third quarter, and both face automatic suspensions.

    Kidd hoped the punishment would not be severe, especially with the Nets having won four straight and 13 of 16.

    "Unfortunately, at that point, with a 26-point lead, you wish something like that would not happen," Kidd said.

    The altercation occurred with 7:08 left in the third quarter after Martin committed a hard foul on Maggette on a drive to the basket. Maggette appeared to shove Martin to the court, and Martin got up and went after Maggette.

    Martin walked past reporters after the game without commenting.

    "I didn't push him, I hope he understands that," Maggette said. "I know Kenyon is a hothead sometimes, he takes things the wrong way. Like I said, I'll let the league handle it and go on with it."

    Maggette said he was surprised when Martin grabbed him by the throat. He wasn't sure whether he hit Martin with a punch or was hit by him.

    Maggette sent a ball boy down to the Nets locker room while the game was in progress and offered to apologize. Martin turned down the offer.

    "I know things happen and I think I am a bigger man to go talk to him and try to apologize about the situation, but I guess he declined so I am going to move on," Maggette said.

    Nets coach Byron Scott felt Maggette overreacted.

    Clippers Mike Dunleavy thought Martin might have tripped over his own feet instead of being pushed. He also wasn't surprised by the timing or type of foul.

    "That's Kenyon Martin," Dunleavy said. "He does that. He's up 26 points and he does that."

    No one else was involved in the fracas, which detracted from a 32-point night by Kidd as he shot 13-of-20 from the field. The Nets gave an outstanding defensive effort in their 13th win in 16 games and fourth straight.

    "It's pretty much a carry-over from playing over in the Garden," said Kidd, who scored 35 against the Knicks on Sunday. "I found a rhythm and the ball is starting to go in for me."

    Richard Jefferson added 20 points, six assists and six rebounds and Martin had seven points and 12 rebounds before being tossed.

    Elton Brand had 11 points and 16 rebounds as the Clippers showed the effects of a trip East after an emotional win over the Lakers on Sunday night.

    Los Angeles shot a season-low 22.5 percent in the first half and finished at 36.8 percent.

    The Nets won this game with a magnificent second quarter in which they outscored Los Angeles 27-13, holding the Clippers to 3-for-19 shooting.

    "This was the best half we played this year in terms of defending, and on offense as far as being organized and patient and making them work as much as possible," Scott said.

    Popular backup sub Brian Scalabrine got the Nets going in the second quarter, picking up a loose ball and making a behind-the-back pass to Jason Collins for a dunk.

    Kidd took over in the final half of the quarter. He scored 10 of the final 16 points and had a hand in all but two of those points.

    Kidd added eight assists and three rebounds.

    The basket that got the 12,305 out of their seats was an off-the-boardboard pass on a fast break that Jefferson slammed home as the trailer on the play.

    Even the bad plays by Kidd turned out OK.

    The All-Star point guard tried another off-the-backboard pass to Jefferson late in the fourth quarter. Jefferson mistimed his leap, but the ball tipped off his fingertips, bounced off the backboard and went in.

    Game notes


    The Clippers' hold the NBA record for fewest points in a half with 19 against the Lakers on Dec. 14, 1999. ... The last time Kidd had back-to-back 30 point games was at the end of last season. ... Nets backup center Aaron Williams hopes to play on Friday against Philadelphia after missing 10 games with a groin injury. ... Jefferson and Glen Rice of the Clippers were called for technicals in the fourth quarter after getting in each other's faces.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    NJ
    Points 75 92
    FGM-FGA 28-76 (.368) 35-84 (.417)
    3PM-3PA 1-12 (.083) 5-19 (.263)
    FTM-FTA 18-23 (.783) 17-25 (.680)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-45 14-40
    Assists 18 24
    Turnovers 24 11
    Steals 5 13
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 1 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (3/0) 22 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    New Jersey
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 11
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 32
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0