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.

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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.

Tyrone Hill, who had his number retired by Xavier, didn't make the trip with the Cavs because of a bad back.