Kidd scored 22 points -- 15 in the fourth quarter -- and had 11
rebounds and 11 assists for the 60th career triple-double, but the
Nets fell short in a 104-101 loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday
"The triple-double doesn't mean much unless you win," Kidd
Orlando took a 19-point on Hedo Turkoglu's 3-pointer with 10:11
That's when Kidd, in the throes of a terrible shooting night,
He responded with the first of his four 3-pointers, kicking off
an outburst that saw New Jersey score 34 points in 9½ minutes. His
final 3 cut it to 101-99 with 10 seconds remaining.
Before the run, Kidd had missed 12 of 15 shots, including four
"I put my teammates in a bad situation," Kidd said. "I took a
lot of shots and they all felt good, but they were short or long."
After the Nets fouled, Mobley's free throws put the Magic back
up by four. He made six foul shots in the final 26 seconds.
Kidd's last 3-point try of the night was off, and a free throw
by Hill with 6.4 seconds left iced the game.
"We showed a lot of determination and grit putting ourselves in
a position where it could go either way," Nets coach Lawrence
Frank said. "Unfortunately, we just couldn't get the job done."
For the Magic, Steve Francis had 16 and nine assists, and Dwight
Howard recorded his 11th double-double with 14 points and 13
Orlando's winning streak matches its season best. In the
victories, the Magic surrendered an average of 93 points on
"Our guys renewed our commitment to defense," Orlando coach
Johnny Davis said. "We don't want to go into a game thinking of
outscoring the other team. We need t go into a game thinking about
ways to interrupt what opponents do on the offensive end, which
will lead to things on our offensive end that will be good for
Added Turkoglu: "Right now, we're playing good defense and
sharing the ball on offense. We've learned right now how we're
going to win, and that's important."
Both teams set season lows for turnovers -- New Jersey with
six and Orlando with 10. ... Orlando center Kelvin Cato returned
after sitting out two games with a sprained left ankle. He had
eight points and seven assists. ... Nets forward Brian Scalabrine
(strained left hamstring) did not make the trip. He hasn't played
since Dec. 22. ... New Jersey also was without center Jabari Smith
(flu). ... The Nets have played 10 sets of back-to-backs, going
10-10 -- seven wins on the first night, seven losses on the second.