Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 5)

Series starts 1/23

Game 1: Friday, January 23rd
Game 2: Wednesday, February 4th
Game 3: Saturday, February 28th
Game 4: Sunday, March 14th
Game 5: Wednesday, April 14th

Heat 88

(21-29, 7-21 away)

Nets 99

(27-20, 14-8 home)

    7:30 PM ET, February 4, 2004

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 18 21 26 2388
    NJ 23 23 28 2599

    Top Performers

    Mia: L. Odom 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 9 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    NJ: K. Martin 24 Pts, 13 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Martin, Kidd double-doubles do it

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Kenyon Martin celebrated his first All-Star selection by doing what great players do -- making the difference.

    Martin had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the Nets remained unbeaten under coach Lawrence Frank with a 99-88 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

    "He was the difference the entire game," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said of Martin. "He was the dominant guy in the game. We could not contain him inside. We could not keep him off the boards."

    Martin was outstanding in the second half. He shot 7-of-8 from the field, made all four of his free throws and had seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 19 minutes.

    "I made something happen for myself and my teammates," said Martin, who spent most of the second quarter on the bench with two fouls. "I'm trying to be aggressive and help my team."

    Martin also made things difficult for Lamar Odom, forcing the Heat's best player to play in foul trouble most of the night.

    "Foul trouble made me soft," said Odom, who had 27 points and 12 rebounds a day after being passed over for the All-Star game in Los Angeles. "It goes like that sometimes. I was getting whatever I wanted on the offensive end."

    Jason Kidd added 18 points, 11 rebounds and four assists as the Nets won their sixth straight overall and their fifth in a row since Frank replaced Byron Scott.

    "This is five," Martin said. "We've got a little swagger back. We know we still got to get better. Guys are working hard every day and transferring what we're doing in practice over to the games."

    Scott's firing came three days after the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions were embarrassed by the Heat, dropping an 85-64 decision in Miami.

    "We kind of got the wake-up call after that Miami Heat game," Kidd said. "It's two different teams."

    This time the Nets made the Heat look bad, posting their sixth straight double-digit victory in a rough game that featured a flagrant foul and seven technicals, including two that caused the ejection of Miami's guard Rafer Alston in the fourth quarter.

    Richard Jefferson added 21 points for the Nets, who shot 45.6 percent from the field.

    While the Nets never trailed after the opening quarter, Martin made sure Miami never had a chance after the Heat cut a 17-point lead to seven at the half.

    Martin dominated the third quarter with 14 points, five rebounds and two assists. He had 10 of the Nets' first 12 points and assisted on a jam by Jefferson.

    Martin added a little showtime in the fourth quarter, blocking Caron Butler's shot to set up a fast break and later throwing an alley-oop pass for a big jam by Jefferson.

    The game had an ugly moment in the third quarter when Kidd was knocked into the basket support on a fast break by Malik Allen, who was called for a flagrant foul. Jefferson got a technical for pushing Allen.

    "That's the Heat," Kidd said. "They play hard."

    Aaron Williams and Rodney Rogers led a 19-7 spurt by New Jersey's reserves that helped the Nets open a 42-25 second-quarter lead.

    After Williams' free throw pushed the lead to 17 points with 3:53 left before halftime, Miami coach Stan Van Gundy took a chance and put Odom back in the game with three fouls. The move paid off as the Heat closed the half with a 14-4 run that featured five points apiece by Alston and Eddie Jones and no more fouls by Odom.

    Game notes

    Kidd picked up an early technical after not getting a call on a fast-break layup attempt. ... Miami rookie Dwyane Wade (15.9 points) missed the game with a sprained left ankle. ... The Heat's five starters all scored in double figures. . .. The Nets' bench outscored their counterparts 29-14. ... New Jersey has won five in a row at home against Miami.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 88 99
    FGM-FGA 31-69 (.449) 36-79 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 7-15 (.467) 4-14 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 23-26 (.885)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-31 14-43
    Assists 25 23
    Turnovers 15 15
    Steals 7 9
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 6 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (5/1) 24 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Lamar Odom Odom
    Points: 27
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 1
    Kenyon Martin Martin
    Points: 24
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2