CINCINNATI, Oct. 13 (AP) -- Kerry Kittles
scored 19 points, including the first and last baskets in an 18-point run that rallied the New Jersey Nets to a 98-86 preseason victory Saturday night over the late-arriving Cleveland Cavaliers.
The game was delayed 30 minutes because the Cavaliers had trouble with their plane. After pregame introductions, Cleveland guard Bryant Stith
got a microphone at midcourt and thanked fans for their patience.
Stith, who failed to score in 6 minutes during the Cavs' preseason opener, provided some of their most encouraging moments as they pulled ahead 59-47 early in the third quarter. He was 5-of-7 from the field and scored 10 points, giving the Cavs a scoring threat to complement Andre Miller
and Lamond Murray
The Nets got their fastbreak working and ran the Cavs ragged. Cleveland went nearly 6 minutes without a basket as the Nets ran off 18 consecutive points.
It was a bad night all around for the Cavs, who got to the airport shortly before their scheduled 4:45 p.m. EDT departure time and learned that the plane's fuel gauge wasn't working.
"The fuel truck was still attached to the plane, and I didn't have a good feeling," general manager Jim Paxson said.
The plane, which belongs to team owner Gordon Gund, finally was fixed and took off around 6:20 p.m. The Cavs didn't get to Xavier University's arena until 25 minutes before the scheduled tipoff.
"I feel bad for the fans and I feel bad that New Jersey has to wait half an hour," Paxson said. "At least we made it."
Nets forward Kenyon Martin
, who played at the University of Cincinnati, got the loudest pregame ovation. As Bearcats coach Bob Huggins watched from a corner of the arena, Martin repeatedly sprinted down the court on fastbreaks, a sign he has recovered from his second broken leg in the last two years.
Martin also started and finished one of the game's best plays. He got a rebound, passed to Jason Kidd
, trailed the play and got a pass for a dunk that tied it in the second quarter.
Martin finished with nine points. Miller led Cleveland with 15 points.
, who had his number retired by Xavier, didn't make the trip with the Cavs because of a bad back.