Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Wednesday, November 13th
Game 2: Thursday, March 6th

Spurs 82

(5-3, 2-2 away)

Nets 91


    Coverage: KRRT

    7:00 PM ET, November 13, 2002

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    SA 27 16 18 2182
    NJ 21 20 23 2791

    Top Performers

    SA: T. Duncan 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl

    NJ: R. Jefferson 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Jefferson scores career-high 27 points in Nets' win

    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.

    Lucious Harris

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 82 91
    FGM-FGA 29-77 (.377) 33-77 (.429)
    3PM-3PA 7-14 (.500) 2-6 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 17-24 (.708) 23-28 (.821)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-40 13-48
    Assists 15 16
    Turnovers 21 21
    Steals 12 9
    Blocks 1 5
    Fast Break Points 1 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 21 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    San Antonio
    New Jersey
    Tim Duncan Duncan
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 27
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1