Kidd, Nets Sprint Past Warriors
New Jersey 118, Golden State 90
EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, Dec. 18 (Ticker) -- Jason Kidd got the New Jersey Nets off and running.
Kidd quarterbacked a first-half explosion and the Nets established a handful of season highs in a 118-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors, who had a three-game road winning streak snapped.
Vince Carter scored 17 of his 25 points in the first half and Richard Jefferson added 14 of his 17 before intermission for New Jersey, which posted season bests for points in a first quarter (39) and first half behind its stellar backcourt.
"More or less, we've been waiting for this to happen," Kidd said. "If we can continue to build on these last two games, we'll be remembered as one of the better backcourts out there."
"When we're all going well, we're tough to stop," Carter said. "Everyone down the line winds up getting open shots."
The Nets began the game with a 15-4 spurt, took the lead for good with an 18-3 surge later in the first quarter and broke it open with a 13-2 spree midway through the second period.
In the first half, the Nets shot a sizzling 64 percent (27-of-42) from the field, including 7-of-12 from the arc, and collected 23 assists. Kidd and Carter sank three 3-pointers each.
"The first half was a carry-over from the Denver game (on Friday)," Kidd said. "I think we now understand the energy we need to have. We shared the ball and we had uncontested shots. And when you have uncontested shots, you've got to make shots."
Kidd accounted for all of the points in the first two big surges. He had seven points and four assists in the opening run and eight points and four assists - setting up 10 points by Carter - as New Jersey built a 37-22 advantage with 1:51 left in the first quarter.
As the Warriors continued to launch ill-advised shots, Kidd had a 3-pointer and two more assists and Jefferson had three easy hoops in the 13-2 run that made it 57-31 with 4:35 to go.
The Nets ended the first half with consecutive alley-oops as Jason Collins connected with Carter before Kidd lobbed a high pass that Jefferson caught and dunked with one hand over Warriors center Adonal Foyle.
"We weren't ready to play and they were, so end of story," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "The just drilled everything and we didn't defend them and off they went. We weren't ready to play. I can't make it any more clear."
New Jersey had 26 of their season-high 30 fast-break points in the opening half, when Golden State shot just 33 percent (13-of-40) and 4-of-14 from 3-point range.
"It showed we can still get out and run, but it all falls back to our defense and being able to take the ball out of their basket," Kidd said.
The entire second half was garbage time as the Nets led by as many as 33 en route to their most lopsided win of the season. Kidd did not stick around for his 10th rebound and 69th career triple-double, taking a seat with the rest of the starters at the start of the final period and laughing it up with his teammates.
Nenad Krstic made 7-of-8 shots and scored 17 points for the Nets, who finished at a season-best 57.5 percent (46-of-80) and posted a season high in points for the second straight game. They have won two in a row following a four-game slide.
"Everything has looked different. We're playing loose, not so tight," Carter said. "We're making it easier for ourselves because we're going out and playing as a unit."
New Jersey finished with a season-high 36 assists on 46 baskets, also a season best.
New Jersey native Troy Murphy scored 19 points to lead the Warriors, who fell to 1-1 on their season-high five-game road trip. Baron Davis added 18 points but left after getting elbowed in the head fighting for a rebound in the third quarter.
Golden State has lost eight straight visits here since February 28, 1997, and this was its worst loss in the all-time series.