Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 12/21

Game 1: Wednesday, December 21st
Game 2: Friday, January 6th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 22nd

Magic 106

(12-18, 4-9 away)

Nets 113

(18-12, 10-6 home)

7:30 PM ET, January 6, 2006

IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ

1 2 3 4 T
ORL 27 20 16 43106
NJ 30 25 28 30113

Top Performers

Orl: J. Nelson 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 4 Stl

NJ: J. Kidd 16 Pts, 11 Reb, 13 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Nets nab ninth straight behind Kidd's triple-double

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Jason Kidd's 69th career triple-double helped New Jersey to its ninth straight victory, while Grant Hill's latest injury left Orlando wondering about its All-Star's future.

Kidd had 16 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, and the Nets beat the Magic 113-106 Friday night.

Hill scored 14 points in the first half, but reaggravated the strained groin that forced him to have sports hernia surgery before the season and has kept him on the sidelines for all but 10 games this season. He tried to play in the second half, but pulled himself out after just 2 minutes.

"I'm running out of ideas," Hill said. "I really don't know what to do. "I don't have any answers. It's very frustrating."

Hill has missed most of four full seasons, including the entire 2003-04 season due to ankle injuries. He missed the first 19 games this season after having sports hernia surgery Oct. 31 and just returned to action Friday after missing Wednesday's loss at Toronto.

"I felt pretty good in the first half, but then I felt something going for a loose ball right before halftime," he said. "I thought I was moving around good, but I tried to go in the third quarter and couldn't. I'll get more treatment and see how I feel tomorrow. I'm going to try to keep pressing on, because my desire is still there. But it's tough for me to keep weathering the storm."

Vince Carter scored 31 points, going 14-of-15 from the free throw line, to lead six Nets players in double figures. Richard Jefferson added 15 points, Nenad Krstic had 14, and reserves Clifford Robinson and Jacque Vaughn each scored 10.

Dwight Howard paced the Magic with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Jameer Nelson had 18 points and Hedo Turkoglu 14 for the Magic, who have lost three straight following a three-game winning streak.

They were more concerned about Hill.

"I'm sure it's discouraging for him," coach Brian Hill said. "He looked to me that he was having some pain and I didn't want to take any chances. I saw him wincing out there and holding his midsection. It didn't make sense for him to continue. I know he's down."

The Nets (18-12), on the fourth-longest win streak in franchise history, put away the game by outscoring the Magic 28-16 in the third quarter. Jefferson and Carter each scored seven points before Robinson closed the period with a 3-pointer for an 83-63 lead.

Friday night was the first time that the Nets had played since beating Atlanta on Dec. 30, giving them a stretch of six days without action.

"I got fresh legs," Kidd said. "We understood what was at stake. We didn't want to go out on the road, losing a game after a long layoff."

The Magic (12-18) cut the lead to 101-94 on a driving basket by Nelson with a minute left but got no closer.

The teams traded the lead eight times and had 14 ties in a closely contested first half, before the Nets went on a 10-2 run to take a 55-47 halftime lead. Krstic finished the first half with consecutive jump shots, the second coming off a scramble for the ball at the foul line.

Kidd scored five of the Nets' final 10 points of the first half on a 3-pointer and two free throws.

"You can't take what Jason does for granted," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "It's unreal that he gets a triple-double so many times. You can never take great players for granted. We appreciate all the things he does for us. Some of the things he does you can't put a value on. His leadership, showing the way and setting the tone. He's just a special player."

Game notes

Kidd's triple-double total is more than that of 22 of the NBA's teams. He ranks fourth all-time, trailing Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Wilt Chamberlain (78). ... Veteran referee Jim Clark missed part of the third quarter after he was apparently kicked in the head by a tumbling performer right before the second half was set to begin.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 106 113
FGM-FGA 41-85 (.482) 37-79 (.468)
3PM-3PA 5-10 (.500) 6-16 (.375)
FTM-FTA 19-25 (.760) 33-37 (.892)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-46 11-36
Assists 20 31
Turnovers 21 15
Steals 11 11
Blocks 4 6
Fast Break Points 18 18
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (2/0) 21 (1/0)
Largest Lead 4 20

Top Performers

New Jersey
Jameer Nelson Nelson
Points: 18
Reb: 6
Ast: 8
Stl: 4
Blk: 0
Jason Kidd Kidd
Points: 16
Reb: 11
Ast: 13
Stl: 3
Blk: 1