Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/14

Game 1: Friday, November 14th
Game 2: Sunday, January 4th
Game 3: Friday, March 19th
Game 4: Friday, April 2nd

Nets 95

(19-14, 9-7 away)

Knicks 85

(14-21, 8-9 home)

    Coverage: MSG

    7:00 PM ET, January 4, 2004

    Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

    1 2 3 4 T
    NJ 18 16 24 3795
    NY 19 15 24 2785

    Top Performers

    New Jersey: J. Kidd 35 Pts, 8 Reb, 13 Ast, 1 Stl

    New York: K. Van Horn 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast

    Kidd engineers 17-2 fourth-quarter run

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The ex-Nets now playing for the Knicks were keeping things close, Dikembe Mutombo blocking shot after shot and Keith Van Horn knocking down shots.

    Jason Kidd had seen enough.

    "It was time to stop playing around," Kidd said after scoring 19 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter and engineering a 17-2 run that led the New Jersey Nets past New York 95-85 Sunday night.

    "We made a conscious effort to get some stops and make it tough on them on the offensive end and to come back and get in our running game," Kidd said.

    Once that happened, a tight game became not-so-tight in a hurry.

    After Kenyon Martin made a foul shot to break a 70-70 tie, Kidd began the decisive run with a tough-angle jumper from the right corner. He followed with a 17-footer, then found Kerry Kittles for a 3-pointer that made it 78-70.

    Van Horn scored for New York before Kidd reeled off five consecutive assists -- the last coming on a 50-foot pass to Martin ahead of the field for a dunk that gave the Nets an 87-72 lead.

    "He did what a strong point guard does, he just took over the game," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "That, to me, is what separates him from a lot of point guards. He basically took the game over, and we had no answer."

    Kidd's shooting and passing exhibition overshadowed Mutombo's finger-wag fest as he tied a Knicks record with 10 blocked shots.

    New Jersey won its fourth straight and for the 12th time in 15 games, defeating the Knicks for the 10th time in their last 11 meetings.

    Kidd also had with 13 assists and seven rebounds. He went to the free throw line 13 times -- six more than the entire Knicks team -- and made 12.

    "When he brings it like that in the heart of the game, there nothing many people can do about it," teammate Brian Scalabrine said. "He can dominate a game at any time. He has that special gift."

    Kittles added 20 points, Richard Jefferson had 15 and Martin 13.

    Van Horn led the Knicks with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

    Kidd's performance was one of his best of the season, coming after he was named player of the week at the end of December.

    Kidd had consecutive triple-doubles against Indiana and Detroit, then scored a game-high 23 points as the Nets defeated Golden State on New Year's Eve.

    "I feel fresh," he said. "I'm starting to gain some confidence in shooting the ball. Being close to 35-40 games and feeling good, hopefully that'll continue from here on out."

    Game notes

    Mutombo's blocks were the most in an NBA game this season. He was two short of his career high, and it was the 13th time he has blocked at least 10. ... Joe Meriweather blocked 10 shots for New York on Dec. 12, 1979. ... Mutombo needs 12 more blocks to tie David Robinson for fourth place on the NBA career list. ... Jefferson grabbed his 1,000th career rebound. ... Danny Whelan, the longtime trainer for the Knicks and the man who gave Walt Frazier the nickname "Clyde," died Friday after a long illness. He was 84. ... The Knicks drew their fourth consecutive sellout crowd.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 85
    FGM-FGA 37-87 (.425) 37-88 (.420)
    3PM-3PA 6-20 (.300) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 5-7 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-40 10-49
    Assists 19 18
    Turnovers 8 13
    Steals 5 3
    Blocks 5 10
    Fast Break Points 4 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 21 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    New York
    Jason Kidd Kidd
    Points: 35
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Keith Van Horn Van Horn
    Points: 21
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0