EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Jason Kidd had his fifth
triple-double of the season, but his biggest contribution might
have come during a fourth quarter timeout.
Kidd suggested to Nets coach Lawrence Frank that he put 6-foot-7
Richard Jefferson on Toronto center Chris Bosh, who had been
practically unstoppable since the beginning of the third quarter.
The move worked wonders as Jefferson clamped down on Bosh and
the Nets held Toronto to one field goal in more than 10 minutes
spanning regulation and overtime in a 105-100 win on Saturday.
"He came up with the idea to go small," said Jefferson, who
scored 30 points to go with 31 by Vince Carter. "Bosh posts up,
but he likes to shoot jumpers, and we were able to take that away
from him. You need to crowd and use your quickness on him."
New Jersey (32-26) snapped a three-game losing streak and
improved to 15-2 in its last 17 home games dating back to
mid-December. Toronto (20-38) lost its sixth straight game.
Bosh scored just two points in the first half but had 14 in the
third quarter and was proving too quick for the likes of Jason
Collins, Nenad Krstic and Clifford Robinson. Jefferson was able to
shut down Bosh's outside game.
"At that point we had tried everything except going small,"
Kidd said. "So I suggested something different."
Morris Peterson led Toronto with 25. Bosh finished with 23 but
scored only seven points in the final 17 minutes. He missed a long
jumper from the top of the key with five seconds left in regulation
with Jefferson hounding him.
"With a smaller guy, I should have taken him to the post,"
Bosh said. "I should have given up the ball and cut to the post. I
was just too busy trying to make a play that I shouldn't have. I
should have been a little smarter."
Toronto turned the ball over four times and managed just one
field goal in the first four minutes of overtime. New Jersey fell
behind 91-89 at the beginning of the extra period on Charlie
Villanueva's two free throws, but scored 10 of the next 13 points.
Four came on consecutive jumpers by Jacque Vaughn, immediately
after his foul on Peterson's 3-point attempt led to three free
throws by the Toronto guard.
"The foul was a tough call, but it's all about not letting one
play affect the next," said Frank. "Jacque's a character veteran,
and you've got to give him credit for stepping up."
Kidd finished with 14 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds for his
72nd career triple-double.
Toronto, which trailed by as many as 13 points late in the
second quarter, led 85-75 midway through the fourth before the Nets
moved closer with a 9-1 spurt culminated by a 3-pointer by
Jefferson to make the score 86-84 with 2:17 left.
After turnovers by both teams, Kidd fed Carter, who drove from
the top of the lane to the basket, scoring over Villanueva while
being fouled with 57 seconds left. He converted the three-point
play to give New Jersey an 87-86 lead.
Mike James nailed a 3-pointer 10 seconds later to give the
Raptors a two-point lead, but Carter tied it at 89 with 28 seconds
left on a mid-range jumper to set up Bosh's miss. Carter then
missed at the buzzer from 18 feet.
Though the Nets are 12 games ahead of Toronto (20-38), they have
struggled against them this season, losing at home in December when
the Raptors were 2-15 and needing a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by
Carter to win in Toronto in January.
"We're learning every day," said Raptors coach Sam Mitchell.
"We've got a resilient group, a tough group. They're getting
better. We have to learn from games like this. The mistakes we made
were guys trying a little too hard."
^Notes:@ F Antonio Davis (sprained back) sat out for Toronto ... The
Nets improved to 5-25 when trailing after three quarters ...
Toronto's Matt Bonner scored 14 points off the bench while the
other eight bench players who saw action in the game combined to