Most 30-point games after switching teams midseason
'71-72 Archie Clark, BAL
'04-05 Vince Carter, NJ
'99-00 Larry Hughes, GS
'69-70 Happy Hairston, LAL
'67-68 Flynn Robinson, CHI
Carter scored 31 points and Kidd had eight points and 13 assists
Wednesday night in a 95-78 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
"Our intensity came out, right off the bat," Kidd said. "We
followed Vince, and Vince was awesome tonight."
Nenad Krstic added 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, Brian
Scalabrine scored 12 and Jacque Vaughn 10 as the Nets won for the
seventh time in nine games. New Jersey -- trying to break into the
top eight in the East -- remained 10th in the conference, a
half-game behind Orlando.
"From where we started, making the playoffs would be great with
all the ups and downs we've had all season," Kidd said. "Our goal
is to make the playoffs, no matter what seed. We just want to get
The Nets led 52-38 at the half before the Clippers made a push
to start the third quarter. Los Angeles connected on its first four
shots as Maggette, Marko Jaric, Livingston and Elton Brand scored
to trim New Jersey's lead to 54-46.
Carter, as he did all game, stepped up by making a 3-pointer to
restore a double-digit advantage.
"He's very physical and incredibly athletic and he's kind of on
a roll right now," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said of Carter.
"He's a tough matchup for us."
The Clippers remained within range until Kidd, who did not score
in the first half, got his first points on consecutive 3-pointers
to give the Nets a 69-54 lead. New Jersey went on to build an 83-63
advantage after three quarters.
"The Nets are fighting hard," Brand said. "It didn't seem
like we were playing for anything."
Carter and Kidd got the Nets rolling with a 13-4 lead as Carter
scored seven points and Kidd had five assists. The final basket of
the run was a spectacular dunk by Carter as Kidd laid the ball high
off the glass for the alley-oop.
"I was just running, always looking and trying to react,"
Carter said. "Jason is great with his ability to do so many
things. He plays with a high basketball IQ and makes everybody
The Clippers cut the Nets' lead to three at the end of the
quarter, 28-25. Maggette paced the Clippers with eight points in
Carter came out firing to start the second period, scoring the
first seven points, and the Clippers wilted. New Jersey extended
its lead to 52-38 at the half as Carter led the way with 20 points
on 7-of-12 shooting. Kidd, even with no points, still had a major
impact with nine assists.
Veteran forward Cliff Robinson, usually one of Nets coach
Lawrence Frank's first options off the bench, wore a bandage around
his midsection to support his back following a flareup of a chronic
problem. "He stiffened up this morning during shoot-around,"
Frank said. "We'll have to read it during the game and see how
much he plays." Robinson had seven points in 13 minutes. ...
Clippers swingman Bobby Simmons (lower left leg contusion) and
guard Quinton Ross (back spasms) missed the game. Los Angeles
starting center Chris Kaman left after eight minutes with a lower
back strain ... The Nets play their final 10 games against Eastern
Conference opponents. ... The Clippers played their third of seven
straight road games. .. The Nets extended their home winning streak
against the Clippers to six. ... Carter scored 30 or more points
for the 18th time as a Net. ... The Nets are 23-11 when Krstic
scores 10 or more points. ... The Nets, led by Kidd, had a season
high 34 assists.