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No punches thrown, but Nets KO Magic

1/13/2002

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Kenyon Martin's New Jersey Nets got the
better of Tracy McGrady's Orlando Magic.

Martin, who fought with McGrady in the teams' last game, was
booed during player introductions and every time he touched the
ball Saturday night. He wasn't distracted, getting 10 points, nine
rebounds and a key pass in the Nets' 91-85 victory.

Martin's crosscourt pass led to Kerry Kittles' clinching
3-pointer with 47.4 seconds to go in New Jersey's fourth straight
victory.

"The booing and all that? Yeah, that was nice," said Martin,
who was suspended for two games and fined $15,000 by the NBA for
his run-in with McGrady on Jan. 4. "It showed they were thinking
about me. I was on their mind for about a week."

McGrady, who wouldn't shake Martin's hand after the game, had 17
points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.

"I wasn't really thinking about that situation, like trying to
take over the game myself," said McGrady, fined $5,000 by the
league for shoving Martin. "It was just a normal game."

Nets reserve Lucious Harris scored 20 points, and Jason Kidd led
a late charge. Kidd had 10 rebounds, six assists, and scored six of
his 14 points in the final 3:56 as the Nets closed the game with a
14-5 run.

Kidd's two free throws put the Nets up 81-80, and he followed
with a layup on New Jersey's next possession. He hit another pair
of free throws with 16.9 seconds.

"When the game is on the line, Jason somehow finds a way to get
it done," Nets coach Byron Scott said.

After the Magic closed to four points with 1:40 to play,
Martin's fourth assist of the game set up Kittles' shot. That gave
New Jersey an 88-81 lead and sent the fans scurrying for the exits.

"They did a good job of coming back and fighting back and
making it a good game," said Kittles, who finished with 15 points.
"We were fortunate to pull it out."

Orlando's perimeter offense struggled early. The Magic missed
their first 11 3-point tries, including five attempts in the span
of three possessions. That allowed the Nets to build a 41-30 lead
4:10 before halftime.

"Early in the game, we took way too many 3s," Orlando coach
Doc Rivers said. "I'm trying to get this team off of that. When
they don't make them, they should put the ball on the floor and
drive."

Only Horace Grant kept the Magic close. He had 14 of his 16
points in the first half on 7-for-11 shooting. The other four
starters, though, shot only 23 percent in the first half (6-for-26).

Orlando crept back, tying the score at 63 on a 3-pointer by Pat
Garrity, who had 13 of his 17 points in the second half. The Magic
shot 40 percent (6-for-15) behind the arc after halftime.

The Magic eventually took a three-point lead, their largest of
the game, when McGrady scored five straight points to put them up
80-77 with 6:31 remaining.

Game notes
Magic owner Rich DeVos attended the game, his first public
appearance since the Orlando Sentinel reported the team approached
the NBA about a sale. ...
The Eastern Conference-leading Nets have won eight of 10 games. ...
In his five previous games against New Jersey as a member of the
Magic, McGrady averaged 31.8 points. ... Orlando has won six of the
teams' last eight meetings and leads the series 31-19.