Nets win 10th straight
Published: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 6, 2003 at 11:59 p.m.
ATLANTA - Jason Kidd kept throwing the ball away, but the New Jersey Nets still found a way to win their 10th in a row.
It didn't hurt to be playing the dismal Atlanta Hawks.
Kidd scored 21 points to help compensate for a team-record 12 turnovers, and Lucious Harris also scored 21 to lead the Nets to a 101-94 victory over the Hawks on Monday night.
``I thought I only had one,'' Kidd said jokingly. ``Brett Favre and Michael Vick, they have days when they can't complete a pass, but they still find a way to win the ballgame.''
Kidd tied the Nets record for turnovers, set by Kevin Porter in 1977. Kidd fell two short of the NBA mark that he shares with John Drew, having 14 turnovers in a game for the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 17, 2000.
New Jersey, which had 23 turnovers overall, took control with an early 12-0 run and pushed the lead to 19 points midway through the third quarter.
The Hawks, led by Jason Terry with 27 points, lost their fifth in a row. They have won only twice in their last 13 games.
``You can't get down 19 to the best team in the East,'' coach Terry Stotts said. ``I didn't like the look on our face. We looked defeated. We need to play with gusto, play like you're meant to be out there and compete against a very good basketball team.''
Detroit has won 10 of 13.
The Raptors have lost 17 of 19 and seven straight on the road with an injury-plagued lineup. Despite their struggles, Toronto GM Glen Grunwald said before the game he was not contemplating making a coaching change and coach Lenny Wilkens said he was not worried about his job security.
The win was the Wizards' fourth in a row, their longest winning streak of the season, and helped them improve to .500 (17-17) for the first time since Nov. 22.
Keith Van Horn had a good look at a 3-pointer from the top of the circle, but missed at the buzzer as the Sixers lost their third straight.
Al Harrington had 28 points and Reggie Miller added 19 for the Central Division-leading Pacers, who snapped a two-game losing skid.
Allen Iverson scored 32 points.
Allen hit three 3-pointers and scored 16 points in the third quarter, including 13 in a 3:50 span when the Bucks built a 65-62 lead into an 81-71 advantage.
Rose, playing all 48 minutes two days after having the flu, also had seven assists and five rebounds. Donyell Marshall had a double-double against his old team, notching 17 points and 11 rebounds.
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