Richard Jefferson and Kenyon Martin chest-bumped their way into Tuesday's photo gallery.
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X-Factor: Kidd Finds the Touch

Kidd
"We never base Jason's game on scoring." Those were the words of Nets coach Lawrence Frank after Tuesday's Game 4 of the East semifinals, but Jason Kidd's hot shooting was precisely what enabled New Jersey to pull away to a 94-79 victory over Detroit. Kidd tallied 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, made 8-of-15 from the field and scored 13 in the pivotal 30-16 third quarter. If the Nets don't base Kidd's game on points, then a continued surge in that column could well be the key that unlocks this 2-2 series.

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May 11, 2004


VIRTUAL GM TOP EFFICIENCY
Kobe Bryant, L.A.
VGM value: 21.5
Tuesday: Bryant scored 42 points, the most in NBA Playoffs 2004, and posted an efficiency rating of plus-42 in a 98-90 Game 4 win over the Spurs.

TIME TO TUNE IN
Wednesday on ESPN
Pacers at Heat, 8 p.m. ET
Wolves at Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET

SPEAK IT, MAN
"I don't see how he does it. He's a fabulous player, probably the best player that ever played the game."
-- Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal on Kobe Bryant's stellar play

WHAT IS EFFICIENCY RATING?
Here is the formula:
((Pts + Reb + Ast + Stl + Blk) minus
((FGA - FGM) + (FTA - FTM) + TO))