NBA Game Summary - Sacramento at New Jersey
(Friday, February 23rd)
Final Score: New Jersey 109, Sacramento 96
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Jason Kidd recorded a triple-double, scoring 22 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists, as the New Jersey Nets cruised past the Sacramento Kings, 109-96, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Vince Carter scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds for the Nets, who halted a three-game losing streak. Eddie House notched 20 points, while Marcus Williams added 19 for New Jersey.
Kidd was playing despite a cracked rib revealed Thursday, which was the NBA's trading deadline.
Ron Artest scored a game-high 33 for the Kings, who have dropped five of their last six contests. John Salmons scored 16 off the bench and Ronnie Price contributed 15. Shareef Abdur-Rahim pulled down 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
"Our guys couldn't have played any harder than they did last night, and I think it showed tonight," said Kings head coach Eric Musselman. "We need to play better in back-to-backs than we have thus far."
Leading by 18 at the start of the fourth, the Nets held the Kings at arm's length throughout the quarter, until a 10-0 burst beginning with Artest's trey with 4:43 to go, and ending on Artest's pair from the line with 2:41 to play brought Sacramento within 98-90.
However, Mikki Moore's layup with 2:21 remaining put the Nets up by 10 and the Kings would not threaten for the rest of the night.
"We focused as a unit on helping each other," Carter said. "It wasn't a perfect defense, but tonight you can feel confident that the next level will be there. It was fun to watch, guys were hitting shots, and we limited them to one shot before the transition, and made the game easy for us."
The Nets recorded the game's first six points, and led by as many as 10 in the first before a 5-0 Kings run brought them within 16-11. Bostjan Nachbar ended the opening 12 minutes by sinking a three at the buzzer for a 19-11 lead. Sacramento did not help its cause by opening the night just 2-for-14 from field.
New Jersey hit 16-of-24 from the floor in the second quarter and extended its lead to 57-39 at the break.
House's three-ball with 12 seconds remaining in the third gave the Nets an 86-68 advantage heading into the fourth, but not before the Kings cut into a 27-point deficit by outscoring their hosts 20-11 over the final 6:06 of the period.
Despite the loss, Sacramento has won four of the last six meetings...It was Kidd's sixth triple-double this season, and the 84th of his career...Kidd also eclipsed the Nets' all-time record for three-point shots taken with 687 on a 4-of-8 night from behind the line...It was the Kings' sixth straight game giving up 100 or more points, and the fourth consecutive game the Nets have eclipsed the century mark.
02/24 00:20:34 ET