EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Jan. 17 (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd
of his 18 points in the second quarter as the New Jersey Nets
had few problems dispatching the undermanned Toronto Raptors,
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Kidd scored seven points during an 18-6 run that gave New Jersey
a 40-28 lead with 5:59 left in the first half. The Nets led
51-40 at halftime and put away the game by scoring 16 of the
first 24 points in the third quarter, including six more from
"I thought the first half, we played pretty well," Nets coach
Byron Scott said. "But the third quarter, we played great."
New Jersey led by as many as 30 points early in the fourth
quarter before emptying its bench.
"It was ugly out there," Raptors coach Lenny Wilkens said.
scored 20 points for Toronto, which dressed the
league-minimum eight players for the third consecutive game. The
Raptors' injury situation is so severe that forward Damone
, who joined Toronto on a 10-day contract on Tuesday, made
his second consecutive start.
"You feel sorry for the injuries they have and their star player
)," Kidd said. "But ... eight guys or 12 guys,
games have to be played."
Forward Art Long
, another Raptor playing on a 10-day contract,
scored 10 points.
The Raptors committed 30 turnovers compared to 11 for the Nets.
"I turned the ball over a lot," said Rafer Alston
, who committed
five turnovers and is also on a 10-day contract. "I felt I was
out of my rhythm."
, who is trying to work his way back into New
Jersey's starting lineup after returning from a sprained left
knee, scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting. He also tied a
season high with four steals.
"He's been doing that for us the last couple of games," said
Nets forward Richard Jefferson
, who had 15 points and eight
rebounds. "It's just a matter of time before he starts doing it
New Jersey also had an injury to deal with, as Rodney Rogers
out with a strained left calf. Rogers' injury opened the door
for seldom-used forward Brian Scalabrine
to play a career-high
35 minutes. Scalabrine tied a season high with eight points.
The Nets avoided losing back-to-back home games for the first
time all season and left with a good feeling as they prepared
for a five-game western road swing.
"We didn't want to go out west with a two-game losing streak,"
said Nets forward Kenyon Martin
, who had 13 points and eight
rebounds. "So we had to get off the losing skid and did what we
had to do."
Toronto's 77 points were the fewest it has ever scored against
The Raptors have lost five straight games at Continental
Airlines Arena since their last victory here on November 5,