Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Saturday, November 15th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 18th
Game 3: Sunday, April 4th
Game 4: Monday, April 12th

Hawks 89

(25-52, 9-30 away)

Nets 106

(45-31, 26-12 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    8:00 PM ET, April 4, 2004

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    ATL 17 21 24 2789
    NJ 28 21 28 29106

    Top Performers

    Atlanta: S. Jackson 31 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    New Jersey: R. Jefferson 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl

    Seven Nets score in double figures

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets are learning to win by committee with Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin out of the lineup.

    Richard Jefferson had 20 points and a career-high 12 assists and the starless Nets had seven players score in double figures in a 106-89 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night, their third straight victory.

    "We all played a great game," said Lucious Harris, who added 14 points before leaving in the second half with bruised ribs. "We got great contributions down the stretch. That's what we're going to need when we're missing two guys the caliber of Jason and Kenyon. We need the depth to step up."

    Kerry Kittles added 16 points and the Nets overcame the continued absence of Kidd and Martin by shooting 53.7 percent from the field.

    All five starters scored in double figures, with Jason Collins and Rodney Rogers 13 apiece.

    "I thought it was a total team effort and we had once again a great contribution from everyone," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "I'm really proud of our guys' effort."

    The winning streak is the longest for the Nets since the franchise-record 14-game run that coincided with the firing of Byron Scott and the hiring of Frank, who led the last 13 games in the run.

    Rogers, who had five points in an early 13-point run that gave the Nets the lead for good, wasn't around at the end of the game. The veteran forward was ejected midway through the third quarter for arguing with veteran referee Jack Nies over a non-call on a bump by Chris Crawford of Atlanta.

    It wasn't the only thing that went wrong for Rogers. He and Kittles both showed up late for the Nets' morning shootaround because they forget to adjust their clocks.

    Jason Terry and Stephen Jackson of Atlanta didn't start because of the same problem.

    "I definitely apologized to my team," said Jackson, who still led the Hawks with 31 points before fouling out. "I'm not sorry. I apologize for messing with my team. It was one of those mornings, overslept, kind of tired. I'll get fined and pay the consequences. I didn't do it on purpose."

    Crawford added 22 points for Atlanta, which was held to 39.4 percent shooting from the field.

    Collins, who averages 5.9 points, had six points in the 13-0 run that transformed an 11-8 deficit into a 21-11 lead. Jefferson had three assists in the spurt, including consecutive setups on a layup by Collins and a 3-pointer by Rogers that gave New Jersey the lead for good.<

    Atlanta trailed by double digits almost the entire second half.< ^Notes: Not only was Kittles late for the morning shootaround, he got an early technical foul from Nies for tossing a ball after being called for a backcourt violation. ... New Jersey outrebounded Atlanta 44-31, with Collins and Jefferson leading the way with seven apiece. ... Atlanta C Jason Collier took an elbow in the jaw from Collins in the first quarter and had to leave for a while. ...Terry finished with seven points, but his biggest contribution was a mysterious dribbling exhibition late in the first half when he got into a crouch coming upcourt.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 106
    FGM-FGA 28-71 (.394) 44-82 (.537)
    3PM-3PA 6-19 (.316) 9-19 (.474)
    FTM-FTA 27-32 (.844) 9-14 (.643)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-31 10-44
    Assists 20 36
    Turnovers 16 13
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 2 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 21 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Stephen Jackson Jackson
    Points: 31
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 20
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0