Wizards held to franchise-low 65 points

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Michael Jordan and the Washington
Wizards may just want to skip their next trip to New Jersey.

Jason Kidd had 11 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds and the Nets held Washington to a franchise low point total in a 79-65 win Friday night.

In their last three games at the Meadowlands, the Wizards have:

  • scored 67 points with Jordan sitting on the bench the entire second half in a 44-point loss.

  • watched the Nets clinch their first division title.

  • scored their fewest points ever.

    "There's nothing worse as a coach than to watch the team stagnate,'' Wizards coach Doug Collins said. "That's not the way we practiced. For some reason, we got in the game and that's the way we played.''

    The point total was one less than the Wizards had last year in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

    Jordan and Jerry Stackhouse both contributed big-time to this mark, combining to shoot 10-for-38.

    "Give their defense some credit,'' said Jordan, who scored 12 points on 5-for-20 shooting. "But when you have no rhythm, you have no shooting rhythm. Nobody had any.''

    The point total was also a Nets record for fewest allowed. The old record was 67 in the first game against Washington last season.

    "You all act surprised when we keep breaking history in this franchise,'' said Richard Jefferson, who had 21 points and a big block on Jordan in the final three minutes. "It's not like it was tough. People used to come here and score 100 points every night. It's not tough to break a lot of records for the New Jersey Nets.''

    The Nets held the Wizards to 26-for-71 shooting from the field, or 36.6 percent, in winning their seventh straight at home and 12th in 13 games.

    Kenyon Martin had 19 and Lucious Harris added 12 for the Nets.

    Remarkably, Washington had a chance to pull the game out with Stackhouse sitting on the bench the entire fourth quarter.

    After trailing 57-46 late in the third, Kwame Brown and Tyronn
    Lue combined to lead a 9-0 run that got the Wizards within two
    points. Lue had four points, Brown three and Jordan the jumper that
    cut the deficit to 57-55 with 8:55 to go.

    Kidd came off the bench at that point and hit a baseline jumper that ignited an 11-3 spurt. Aaron Williams hit a jumper in the lane to push the lead to 61-55.

    After Larry Hughes hit a jumper, Kidd fed Rogers for a 3-pointer
    and Jefferson for a jumper and a layup to break the game open.

    "I wasn't having a great night either,'' said Kidd said after his 48th triple-double. "It's not my game to come off the bench and be the microwave, so to make that shot was big and it got everybody going and closed out the game.''

    Hughes led the Wizards with 19 points and 10 rebounds, his fifth straight double- double. Stackhouse added 14 and Lue had nine.

    The Wizards scored a season-low 28 first-half points on 10-for-37 shooting. Only twice in the opening 24 minutes did they manage to score baskets on consecutive possessions.

    Jordan and Stackhouse combined to shoot 5-of-25 in the first half, and most of them weren't even close to going in.

    Jefferson gave the Nets the lead for good almost single-handedly outscoring the Wizards in the first quarter. The second-year forward scored 12 points, hitting all five of his shots in staking New Jersey to a 22-14 lead.

    Jordan calmed down Martin after the volatile Nets forward was fouled around the neck by Brandon Haywood early in the third quarter. Martin swung his arm in frustration after the play. Jordan eventually walked up to him and said something that got him to smile.

    Game notes
    Wizards F Christian Laettner got his 5,000th career rebound, a cut on his left cheek and a technical all in the same
    game. ... Washington is 0-9 when trailing after the first quarter. ...The crowd of 17,208 was a season high for the Nets, but the defending Eastern Conference champions still don't have a sellout. ... Hughes showed some frustration in the fourth quarter with a flagrant foul on Lucious Harris on a breakaway.