On Friday, Jason Kidd used a triple-double to engineer a win over the Charlotte Bobcats. The star point guard followed that up the next night with another one.
Kidd looks to become the first player in almost 11 years to record triple-doubles in three consecutive games Tuesday night when the surging New Jersey Nets visit Charlotte.
Kidd had 11 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in Friday's 102-96 win over the Bobcats, then posted 10 points, 14 assists and 13 boards in a 113-107 win at Atlanta on Saturday for his 96th career triple-double.
"Especially back-to-back, that's pretty good," Kidd said. "I'm just trying to help my team and put up 10 points."
He has recorded back-to-back triple-doubles 11 times in his career, including once this season from Dec. 9-11. A third consecutive triple-double would make him the first player to do it since Detroit's Grant Hill accomplished the feat from April 11-14, 1997.
Kidd, whose 10.7 assists per game rank second in the NBA, averages 10.5 points, 9.7 assists and 8.5 boards with two triple-doubles in 11 career games against the Bobcats.
His superb play of late has helped the Nets (17-16) to a season-high five-game winning streak. Kidd is averaging 13.6 points, 12.2 assists and 9.2 rebounds during the run.
New Jersey hasn't won six in a row since it tied a franchise record with a 14-game win streak from March 12-April 6, 2006.
The Nets are also getting strong efforts from Vince Carter, who has averages of 24.8 points and 6.0 assists in the last five games - including 30 points on Friday. The All-Star swingman is second on the team with averages of 21.9 points and 4.8 assists.
Carter has a 27.2 scoring average in 10 games against the Bobcats (11-17), including a 40-point performance in the last meeting at Charlotte, a 113-107 overtime win on March 24.
The Nets are 10-2 all-time against Charlotte.
The Bobcats (11-21), losers of seven of their last eight overall and four of the last five at home, are looking to avoid a four-game losing streak for the second time in less than three weeks. They dropped four in a row from Dec. 22-29 before beating Indiana 107-103 in overtime on Dec. 31.
Charlotte lost for the third consecutive time Sunday, 93-89 to Milwaukee.
"We've been saying for so long that we're close," Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace said. "That's getting old. We've got to find a way to get over this hump. If you sit there and look at a hump long enough, it's going to turn into a hill. Then it's going to turn into a mountain."
Wallace, the team's leader with 20.5 points per game, has been stellar in the last five games, averaging 26.4 points and 8.2 rebounds. He scored 25 points and grabbed a season-high 12 boards against the Nets on Friday.
The Bobcats have committed 41 turnovers over the last two games and average 16.1 to rank among the worst teams in the league.
"The bottom line is, turnovers are getting again higher than we want them," Bobcats coach Sam Vincent said.
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