The New Jersey Nets appear ready to move on without Jason Kidd, even without the best player they got for him.

Still waiting for Devin Harris to join the lineup, the Nets will try for a second straight win since trading Kidd when they visit the Indiana Pacers in the first game of a home-and-home series Friday night.

New Jersey (24-30) won 110-102 in overtime against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday in its first game since Kidd was shipped to Dallas in an eight-player deal on Tuesday.

The Nets, who have won four of their last five games, are seventh in the Eastern Conference and believe they will remain a playoff team without Kidd, who led the club to NBA finals appearances in 2002 and 2003.

"Our team right now is good enough to win games," forward Richard Jefferson told the team's official Web site. "We have enough talent out on that floor."

Jefferson made those comments even with Harris not playing yet. The centerpiece to the deal for New Jersey, Harris has been out with a sprained ankle and could miss another two weeks.

Even with Kidd's eventual replacement at point guard still sidelined, the Nets don't plan to dwell on life without the nine-time All-Star.

"I think we put that behind us (Tuesday)," said Carter, who had a season-high 33 points with nine rebounds and seven assists against the Bulls. "It was now how are we going to get a win.

"We have to fight and out-execute teams. That's how we are going to win basketball games."

Second-year guard Marcus Williams had a season-high 25 points Wednesday and combined with Jefferson, who had 24, for the first 10 points of overtime as New Jersey outscored Chicago 16-8 in the extra session.

Williams, who averages just 4.1 points, will fill the point guard role until Harris returns.

"It felt good to go out there and not have to look over your shoulder after every mistake you make," Williams said. "With Jason there, you make a mistake and you probably come out. You know now that the coaches and your teammates have confidence in you."

Trenton Hassell, DeSagana Diop and Maurice Ager all came over from Dallas and made their New Jersey debuts Wednesday, combining for seven points and five rebounds.

Carter left the game with 6.6 seconds remaining in overtime after his hamstring cramped up, but he should be able to play Friday as the Nets look for their fifth straight win over Indiana.

The teams are meeting for the first time this season after New Jersey swept the 2006-07 series as Carter averaged 26.8 points. He had 35 in the Nets' 111-107 win at Indiana on April 15 in the teams' most recent meeting.

Indiana (21-33) looks to avoid a fourth straight loss after falling 106-97 at home to Cleveland on Wednesday. The Pacers, 11th in the East and 2 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot, were outscored 27-16 in the fourth quarter for its 10th loss in 12 games.

"This was another game we could have won," said Indiana's Danny Granger, who had 30 points and eight rebounds. "We choked and made bad plays at the end. I am sick of it. We have got to get rid of it."

Granger bounced back after being held to nine points in a 96-80 loss at Detroit on Feb. 13. He also went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line Wednesday and set the franchise record for consecutive free throws made with 64.

Granger, who averages a team-leading 18.0 points, averaged just 11.5 in four games versus New Jersey last season.

Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal and Jamaal Tinsley still remain day-to-day with knee injuries. O'Neal has missed 14 straight games, while Tinsley has been out five in a row. The Pacers are 2-6 when both O'Neal and Tinsley are out of the lineup.

The teams will play at New Jersey on Saturday and have another home-and-home set March 26-28.


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