Kidd scores 35 in Nets' win
Published: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 1:54 a.m.
NEW YORK - Jason Kidd dominated the fourth quarter, scoring 19 of his season-high 35 points and engineering a 17-2 run that led the New Jersey Nets past the New York Knicks 95-85 Sunday night.
Kidd's shooting and passing exhibition overshadowed Dikembe Mutombo's finger-wag fest as he tied a Knicks record with 10 blocked shots.
New Jersey won its fourth straight and for the 12th time in 15 games, defeating the Knicks for the 10th time in their last 11 meetings.
After Kenyon Martin made a foul shot to break a 70-70 tie, Kidd began the decisive run with a tough-angle jumper from the right corner. He followed with a 17-footer and found Kerry Kittles for a 3-pointer, making it 78-70.
Keith Van Horn scored for New York before Kidd reeled off four consecutive assists - the last coming on a 50-foot pass to Martin ahead of the field for a dunk that gave the Nets an 87-72 lead.
Kidd finished with 13 assists and seven rebounds. He went to the free throw line 13 times - six more than the entire Knicks team - and made 12.
Kittles added 20 points, Richard Jefferson had 15 and Martin 13.
Van Horn led the Knicks with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Kidd's performance was one of his best of the season, coming after he was named player of the week at the end of December.
Kidd had consecutive triple-doubles against Indiana and Detroit.
Kwame Brown scored a career-high 23 points and had 11 rebounds for the Wizards, but 18 of his points came in a 10-minute stretch in the first half.
Jalen Rose added 16 points and five assists for the Raptors, which have won three of four and improved to 9-7 since acquiring Rose and Marshall from Chicago in late November. Alvin Williams added 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
O'Neal left Friday night's 111-109 loss at Seattle in the second quarter because of the injury and did not return.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson said a decision will be made today as to whether O'Neal will travel for games at Minnesota and Denver on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
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