Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Saturday, November 2nd
Game 2: Friday, December 13th
Game 3: Wednesday, January 29th
Game 4: Friday, February 21st

Wizards 78

(22-24, 7-14 away)

Nets 86

(31-14, 20-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 29, 2003

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    WSH 19 24 16 1978
    NJ 17 22 26 2186

    Top Performers

    WSH: J. Stackhouse 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    NJ: K. Martin 19 Pts, 21 Reb, 8 Ast

    Nets come back in Kidd's absence

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Kenyon Martin made a statement and Anthony Johnson lived out a daydream on a night when Jason Kidd left with an injury and Michael Jordan played poorly.

     Kenyon Martin

    Martin had 19 points and a career-high 21 rebounds and Johnson led the Nets on a game-changing run after Kidd strained his groin in the third quarter of New Jersey's 86-78 victory over Washington on Wednesday night.

    "It was a little statement," Martin said. "I should have been on the All-Star team."

    Richard Jefferson added 24 points for the Nets, who held Jordan to 8 points -- his lowest-scoring game ever at the Meadowlands.

    Johnson had 10 points and five assists after Kidd strained his right groin. Kidd will receive treatment Thursday and will be a game-time decision Friday against New Orleans.

    Johnson committed six fouls in the fourth but gave the team almost 15 minutes of leadership it desperately needed.

    "I sit in my house and dream what it's like to run this ballclub, and that opportunity might present itself later in the week," Johnson said.

    Kidd strained his groin when he jumped in an unsuccessful effort to intercept or deflect an outlet pass that Jerry Stackhouse turned into a dunk with 4:24 remaining in the third.

    Johnson replaced Kidd with 3:22 left and hit his first shot 17 seconds later, a 16-footer that cut Washington's lead to 57-55. Johnson added a layup and an assist as New Jersey closed the quarter with a 6-0 run for a 65-59 lead.

    "They're a good team for a reason -- because they have other guys who can step up and play without (Kidd). His style of play is infectious among them, and everyone wants to get in and make the great pass," Stackhouse said.

    The run reached 11-0 as the Nets scored the first five points of the fourth, and a dunk by Aaron Williams off Martin's eighth and final assist gave the Nets their largest lead _ 76-63 with 7:21 remaining.

    Washington came back with a 10-2 run to close to 78-73, but Hughes took a bad shot and Jordan traveled on the Wizards' next two possessions.

    "It's unusual to see No. 23 make mistakes at the end of the game, but he's human like everyone else," Nets coach Byron Scott said.

    Martin missed the second of two free throws with 24.4 seconds left, denying him the first 20-20 game by a member of the Nets since Jayson Williams had 23 points and 23 rebounds against Chicago on Jan. 23, 1998.

    "I thought it was in, it bounced around the rim. But we got the W, and that's the only thing that counts," Martin said.

    Stackhouse led Washington with 27 points.

    Jordan shot 4-for-16, including 1-for-8 in the second half. He had bad games in his two previous appearances here, scoring 12 and 10.

    "Kenyon Martin came out in the second half and was just a man amongst boys. He just killed us on the boards," Jordan said. "A couple of their guys were out and we just didn't capitalize."

    Kidd, averaging team-highs of 20.4 points, 8.4 assists and 2.3 steals, shot just 1-for-10 from the field with four rebounds and four assists.

    Jordan, who entered the game with a career average of 29.9 points in 28 games at the Meadowlands, drew cheers when he hit his first shot of the game, an 18-foot jumper. But he was on the bench with two fouls just 6 ½minutes into the first quarter.

    Martin grabbed his 10th rebound with 1:35 left before halftime and converted it into a dunk, but the Wizards led 43-39 at the break as Kidd shot 0-for-8.

    Kidd made his first shot of the third quarter, a 3-pointer, and Lucious Harris gave the Nets their first tie since early in the game on a jumper with 2:35 left in the quarter to make it 57-57.

    New Jersey led 65-59 entering the fourth after closing the quarter with a 19-6 run.

    Game notes
    Odd play in the fourth quarter: Chris Childs was called for an offensive foul for kicking Brendan Haywood in the groin while going in for a fast-break layup. On the same play, Washington's Bryon Russell drew a technical foul for hitting Childs in the head. ... Nets G Kerry Kittles missed the game for personal reasons.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 86
    FGM-FGA 29-77 (.377) 32-79 (.405)
    3PM-3PA 3-12 (.250) 2-8 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 17-19 (.895) 20-29 (.690)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-42 12-46
    Assists 18 25
    Turnovers 12 9
    Steals 1 7
    Blocks 5 4
    Fast Break Points 3 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (3/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 27
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Kenyon Martin Martin
    Points: 19
    Reb: 21
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0