NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Philadelphia
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: New Jersey 93, Philadelphia 88
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Jason Kidd recorded his 50th triple-double as a Net and the 88th of his career with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, leading New Jersey over Philadelphia, 93-88, spoiling the home opener for the 76ers.
Richard Jefferson tallied 22 points for New Jersey, which bounced back from a 106-69 home loss to Toronto on Friday. Vince Carter ended with 18 points for the Nets.
"Jason's performance and ability to respond in big games is why he's the captain," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "He imposed his will on the game. He is the leader of our team. And our guys play off of him."
Andre Iguodala had 16 points to lead the Sixers, who won by 11 points at Chicago the night before. Samuel Dalembert had 13 points and nine rebounds, and Kyle Korver contributed 11 points and Andre Miller had 12 points in a losing cause.
"No one likes a loser, but if you do take the positive out of it, the games are close," Korver said. "I don't know what it was. The play calling? We are not half as good as we should be. We can be a little bit better. We are pushing the tempo. We pushed hard to get back on defense."
A Kidd three-pointer from the right corner extended the Nets to an 86-80 lead with 3:47 remaining. It became a seven-point game at 90-83 with 29.9 seconds to go following two fouls shots from the veteran guard, but the Sixers had one last rush.
Carter hit 1-of-2 foul shots after Louis Williams' bank shot, leaving the score at 91-85. Korver then drilled a three off an inbounds pass with 19.9 seconds remaining, but Jefferson continued his amazing free-throw shooting to start the season by nailing a pair with 16.2 seconds left to seal the victory.
Jefferson has hit 23 consecutive foul shots to start the season.
It was tight throughout the opening quarter with the Sixers holding a 19-17 edge after 12 minutes. The Nets were in front 38-34 at the half and Kidd highlighted the third quarter with an incredible behind-the-back pass the length of the court, leading to a layup.
New Jersey expanded its lead to 67-57 going into the fourth, and the Sixers got as close as two at 77-75 on a pair of Dalembert foul shots with 7:35 left. However, New Jersey responded with the next six points, capped by two Jefferson free throws.
Kidd has notched six triple-doubles against the 76ers during his career, the second most for him against any team during his career...Antoine Wright and Malik Allen each scored 10 points for New Jersey...Williams had 13 points and Rodney Carney 10 for the Sixers, who ended 3-of-15 from three-point range...New Jersey went 8-of-17 from behind the arc.
11/04 01:04:35 ET