Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/15

Game 1: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 2: Saturday, January 28th

SuperSonics 99

(2-5, 1-4 away)

Nets 109

(4-4, 3-2 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 15, 2005

    IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 27 21 22 2999
    NJ 19 29 31 30109

    Top Performers

    Seattle: R. Lewis 29 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    New Jersey: R. Jefferson 19 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Nets snap two-game losing streak

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets have been a step behind on defense, according to point guard Jason Kidd. Against Seattle, they stayed a step ahead.

    Nenad Krstic scored a season-high 25 points and New Jersey held Ray Allen without a field goal for three quarters as the Nets defeated the SuperSonics 109-99 Tuesday night.

    Rashard Lewis had 29 points for Seattle, but scored only two points in the fourth quarter as Richard Jefferson clamped down on him.

    "I thought Richard did a very good job," said Nets coach Lawrence Frank. "Rashard's a very talented guy, and everything he got he had to earn."

    The Nets had lost their two most recent games to Houston and Indiana, which had shot 47 percent and 52 percent against them. Seattle finished 32-for-75 (43 percent), which included a 4-for-18 performance by Allen, who entered the game averaging 23.7 points per game, tied for 10th in the NBA.

    "It's about team defense," said Jefferson, who finished with 19 points along with teammate Vince Carter. "There are always going to be individuals who make shots. But you've got to have confidence that when you look across the floor, you know the other guys have got your back."

    Trailing 79-70 to begin the fourth quarter, Seattle closed to 87-86 on a fadeaway by Allen. But the Nets pushed the score back to 99-90, aided by six points from Carter and two alert plays by Kidd.

    On the first, he snapped up a loose ball at the free throw line and found Jefferson for a dunk. On Seattle's next possession, he stole Luke Ridnour's pass and went in for an uncontested layup.

    "Before that I'd had a good look at a '3' and missed, so I was just looking for some other component to help out with," said Kidd, who finished with 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting and nine assists.

    Seattle was playing its fifth game of a six-game road trip that concludes Wednesday night in Boston. The SuperSonics lost the first three games by a total of 93 points before winning at Toronto Sunday.

    At 2-5, Seattle has already lost more games than it did through Dec. 15 a year ago, when the team began the season 17-3.

    "We've got to get it into our minds that last year is over with," said Lewis. "You've got to play good defense so it flows into our offense. We're not putting a full game together. I feel like we're only playing two quarters a night."

    While the Nets starters misfired early, New Jersey's bench kept them in the game. Scott Padgett finished with a season-high 13 points, 11 in the first half when Carter was held to two field goals and six points.

    New Jersey led be as many as 14 in the third quarter before Lewis scored the last nine points for Seattle on two 3-pointers and three foul shots after being fouled by Padgett with 7 seconds left. ^Notes:@ Seattle F Danny Fortson suffered an inflammation of his right big toe and did not return after playing four minutes in the first half ... Nets C Jason Collins missed his second straight game with a muscle strain in his lower right leg suffered against Indiana last Friday ... Clifford Robinson replaced Collins in the starting lineup and played 21 minutes to pass Otis Thorpe and move into 19th place on the NBA's all-time list with 39,840.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 109
    FGM-FGA 32-75 (.427) 35-73 (.479)
    3PM-3PA 10-29 (.345) 5-15 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 25-29 (.862) 34-41 (.829)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-32 14-47
    Assists 19 22
    Turnovers 12 14
    Steals 8 8
    Blocks 4 2
    Fast Break Points 14 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 30 (0/0) 20 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 11 14

    Top Performers

    New Jersey
    Rashard Lewis Lewis
    Points: 29
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 19
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1