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Jason Kidd has had an easier time putting together triple-doubles than the New Jersey Nets have had trying to win three straight games.

After another outstanding effort from the star point guard, the Nets look to win three straight for just the second time this season as they face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday.

Kidd recorded his 82nd career triple-double as New Jersey (16-19) rallied from an 18-point deficit at Chicago in an 86-83 win Thursday, totaling 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season.

"The man comes out and puts his heart on the court every single time he steps out there. He demands you to play hard leading by his example. Unbelievable,'' Nets forward Mikki Moore said. "He plays with energy like he's a rookie. He never slacks.''

The Nets, winners of two straight, will now try to match their longest winning streak of the season, set from Dec. 29-Jan. 5. They've been winning with defense, holding consecutive opponents under 90 points for the first time this season.

Richard Jefferson had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists as New Jersey beat Minnesota 100-92 in their first matchup this season. He is averaging 23.0 points in his last three games against the Timberwolves.

Minnesota (18-16) has won five of its last six games after losing six of the previous nine. Kevin Garnett had 28 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks while Ricky Davis added 27 points and seven assists as the Timberwolves set a season high for points with a 116-110 win over Memphis on Friday.

Garnett is averaging 26.2 points and 14.3 rebounds in his last six games. Davis, meanwhile, is averaging 25.5 points and 7.0 assists while shooting 50 percent (17-for-34) from the field in his last two contests.

Timberwolves forward Eddie Griffin began serving his five-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy Friday after it was announced earlier in the day. Per league policy, no details of his violation were released.

The 24-year-old and seventh overall pick in the 2001 draft revived his career with a solid season as a reserve for Minnesota in 2004-05 and signed a three-year contract worth $8.1 million.

His production decreased last season, though, and he has been nearly invisible on the roster this season. Griffin has logged just 92 minutes in 13 games and has not played since Dec. 13.

Timberwolves guard Randy Foye struggled again Friday, finishing with five points and shooting 2-for-6 from the field.

Foye, the seventh overall pick in the 2006 draft, shot 1-for-10 in a 92-91 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. Foye, who was named NBA rookie of the month for December, is averaging 5.3 points in his last three games.

"He's going to have some rookie nights," Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey said. "That's part of developing."

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