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Nets snap four-game skid, foil Bucks' bid for 1,600th win

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Vince Carter and Jason Kidd came
close to having a game the NBA hasn't seen since Michael Jordan and
Scottie Pippen were in their prime.

Carter scored a season-high 33 points, Jason Kidd added 17
points and 10 assists, and both came close to triple-doubles in the
New Jersey Nets' 96-90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday
night.

Jordan and Pippen were the last teammates to record a
triple-double in the same game, doing it against the Los Angeles
Clippers on Jan. 3, 1989. Jordan had 41 points, 11 assists and 10
rebounds. Pippen had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

"I guess that's what the organization wants, for us to go out
there and be a duo like that and fill up the stat sheet," said
Carter, who had nine rebounds and nine assists in missing his
second career triple-double. "The goal of mine is to try and
compete with him (Kidd). In all reality, it's not going to happen,
but why not set your goals high?"

Kidd finished two rebounds shy of his 62nd career triple-double,
which would have been his third in five games.

"I'm not going to be like Oscar Robertson and average a
triple-double for the whole season," Kidd said. "This just shows
that everybody was touching the ball."

Kidd and Carter also provided the highlight of the game with
Kidd feeding Carter an alley-oop dunk for an 84-74 lead with 6:29
to play.

"Give me anybody and I feel comfortable once I get out on the
floor," Kidd said. "With Vince, he makes it so easy. You just get
him in his rhythm. He does the hard part on the alley-oops. You
just don't want to overthrow."

Carter, who was 14-of-24 from the field, felt he could have had
the triple-double.

"I heard it at the end of the game but I was tired," he said.
"I wish they would have told me earlier. I tried, but the ball
just didn't want to come to me."

Rodney Buford added 17 points and rookie Nenad Krstic had 16
points as the Nets snapped a four-game losing streak against the
Bucks, who failed to win the 1,600th game in their 36-year
franchise history.

Michael Redd scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half,
Desmond Mason added 17 points and Mike James had 13 for Milwaukee,
which embarrassed New Jersey 97-74 on Jan. 5 in their only meeting
this season.

"We were careless with the ball," said Redd, noting the Nets
had 15 fast-break points, nine more than in their earlier meeting.
"It's very frustrating because I thought we could have pulled it
out in the fourth quarter."

Redd hit his first five shots of the second half in rallying the
Bucks from a 54-47 deficit to a 66-63 third quarter lead.

The Nets took the lead for good with a 14-2 run that bridged the
end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth. Carter had
eight points in the spurt, starting the third-quarter portion with
a jumper and opening the fourth with two straight baskets for a
77-68 lead.

The closest the Bucks got the rest of the way came with under 20
seconds to play when Desmond Mason hit a baseline shot to get
Milwaukee within 94-90. Travis Best then hit two free throws to
give the Nets their first two-game winning streak this month.

Game notes
Nets F Richard Jefferson is scheduled to have surgery on
Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. He is out for
the season. ... Nets F Brian Scalabrine played for the first time
since Dec. 22. He missed 12 games with a hamstring injury. ... Nets
G Ron Mercer, who has been sidelined since the third game of the
season with knee injury, returned to practice this week. ... Former
Net Keith Van Horn, who just returned from an ankle injury, had six
points and five rebounds in 20 minutes.