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Jefferson scores career-high 27 points in Nets' win

11/15/2002

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lucious Harris did his best Jason Kidd imitation against the San Antonio Spurs, taking over in the
fourth quarter to break open a close game.

Harris scored 12 of his 15 points in the final quarter to lead
the New Jersey Nets to a 91-82 victory Wednesday night.

"I felt good,'' said Harris. "I had to get something going in
the fourth quarter. We've been stagnant in the last couple of
games. Fortunately we came out with a win tonight.''

Richard Jefferson added a career-high 27 points and Kidd had 18
as the Eastern Conference champions remained perfect at home,
winning their fifth straight.

"We're a quality team,'' said Jefferson, who was 9-for-15 from
the field in bettering his previous high of 22 points. "This is
something that is expected. When a good team comes into your house,
you're supposed to hold home court.''

The Nets did that in a game that featured tough defense at both
ends. Both teams had 21 turnovers.

Tim Duncan had 21 points, Stephen Jackson added a season-high 20
and David Robinson had 14 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 37.7
percent from the field.

"They're a pretty solid team,'' Robinson said. "Defensively
they get in there and mix it up. All the guys seem to know their
roles.''

Harris' role is to provide a spark off the bench, and he did it
at a time when Kidd usually takes over.

The backup shooting guard hit all four of his shots in the
quarter. He ignited an early 6-2 run with a layup and a jumper,
then brought his teammates out of their seats with a late dunk
after Kidd missed his third fastbreak layup of the game.

"Lucious was great,'' Nets coach Byron Scott said. "He hit
some big shots. He almost had a double-double (nine rebounds).''

The Spurs managed to get within four points twice down the
stretch, the last time on a dunk by Malik Rose with 7:44 to play.

Kenyon Martin banked in a shot after muscling Duncan out of the
way to ignite a 10-2 spurt that put the game away.

The Nets limited the Spurs to 13 baskets in the second half.
Duncan and Jackson combined to shoot 15-for-33 from the field, but
Robinson, Tony Parker and Bruce Bowen -- the other starters -- were
8-for-29.

"We missed a bunch of shots, but we also gave them a whole lot
of easy transition baskets,'' Duncan said. "They got 25 points off
turnovers. That's hard to overcome. Not taking anything away from
their defense, but we shot ourselves in the foot.''

Kidd nearly had a quadruple-double, finishing with eight
rebounds, eight assists and eight turnovers.

Game notes
The officiating wasn't popular in the first half, with
Martin and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich getting technicals. ...
Jackson hit a foul shot on which the ball did four 360s around the
rim before going in. ... With Hubie Brown getting the Memphis
coaching job, injured Spurs guard Steve Smith filled in as the
analyst for KRRT's broadcast to San Antonio. ... Dikembe Mutombo
spent a few minutes on the bench in the second half after an elbow
from Robinson opened a tiny cut under his left eye.