Jefferson Lifts Nets Over Bulls
New Jersey 100, Chicago 99
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 5 (Ticker) -- Richard Jefferson came up huge as he rescued the Nets' from a game that was slipping away.
Jefferson had 28 points and 13 rebounds and Vince Carter scored 28 points as the New Jersey Nets squeezed out a 100-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls.
"We had no timeouts. Once we got the missed free throw, Gordon came up on me and I got past him," Kidd said. "I saw R.J. and I just wanted to make a defender come to me so I could get him the ball."
"I was trying to tell everyone else to calm down," Jefferson said. "Even if I make the free throw, the game's not over. I wanted to focus on making the free throw."
On their final possession, the Bulls were unable to get the ball to Gordon or Kirk Hinrich, who scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Carter blocked Andres Nocioni's shot from behind as time expired.
"Once he got it, I was beside him," Carter said. "I don't think he realized I was still there, so I just reached out and blocked it."
Kidd had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his 68th career triple-double for New Jersey, which beat Chicago for the eighth straight time.
"I was excited out there, but if you don't have any excitement or love for the game, you shouldn't be playing," Kidd said.
Gordon, who won the Sixth Man Award last season, scored 23 points off the bench for Chicago. Reserve Michael Sweetney, who was involved in the trade that sent Eddy Curry to the New York Knicks, scored 14 points.
"We made a critical error at the end," Chicago coach Scott Skiles said.
The Bulls' bench outscored the Nets' reserves, 35-7, in the first half, which ended in a 46-46 tie.