EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 17 (Ticker) --The current Net got the better of the former Net.

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Jason Kidd collected 14 points and 13 assists as the New Jersey Nets got off to a running start in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series with a 107-83 rout over Stephon Marbury and the New York Knicks.

New Jersey started the game by scoring 14 points on the break in the first quarter led by Kidd, acquired by the Nets from Phoenix for Marbury on July 18, 2001. Among other things, the series was billed as a point guard showdown, and Kidd dominated by getting the Nets easy baskets that led to 62 first-half points.
New Jersey's Kerry Kittles went 7-for-14 from the field against the Knicks on Saturday.
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"I thought the tempo at the start of the game was in our favor to get out in the open floor," Kidd said. "Kerry (Kittles), Richard (Jefferson) - when you get these guys easy baskets, it makes the basket bigger for them."

Marbury finished with 13 points and two assists, but had none in either category after halftime. Defended by Kidd and Kittles, Marbury missed his only three shots after the break.

"I think I have to be more aggressive when they double-team me," Marbury said. "It was kind of more or less a (difficult) feel for me where they were double-teaming me."

"I think we're focused on Steph," Kidd said. "We know how good he is, how talented he is. We're not going to stop him."

While Marbury struggled, he received little help, especially with Allan Houston out with a left knee injury. New Jersey native Tim Thomas got off to a hot start with nine first-quarter points before finishing with 12 and being forced out in the fourth quarter due to back problems.

Jefferson led New Jersey with 21 points and Kittles made his first six shots and added 20 as New Jersey placed five players in double figures. Kenyon Martin collected 16 points and 14 boards for the Nets, who finished with a 28-4 cushion on the break.

"(We) just come out and play our game," Martin said. "We did an excellent job of getting easy baskets and in the second half, we got more stops."

New Jersey took some momentum into the break when Kidd knifed into the lane and found Brian Scalabrine for a 3-pointer and a 62-55 lead. The shot energized the Nets, who heartily congatulated Scalabrine, one of the team's more popular players, as they headed off into the locker room.

"All I saw was the ball coming," Scalabrine said. "I didn't see Jason at all. I didn't even see his jersey. I don't know how he kicked it out, but the guy's amazing."

The Nets came out and scored the first nine points of the second half, taking a 71-55 lead on Kidd's 3-pointer with 6:54 left in the third quarter. The Knicks were held scoreless over the first 6:20 after halftime, missing their first 11 shots. They shot just 25 percent (9-of-36) over the final 24 minutes.

"In the third quarter, I thought our execution was not very good," New York coach Lenny Wilkens said. "We relied too much on the jump shot and we really didn't get through our offense."

The second-seeded Nets host Game 2 on Tuesday. They have won 11 straight playoff games against East foes.