Surging Nets defeat Magic


Published: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Nets guard Jason Kidd puts up a shot as he splits the defense of Orlando's Steve Francis, left, and Pat Garrity during the first quarter Friday.

The Associated Press
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - 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."
... 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.

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