Jason Kidd had 22 points, 13 assists, 7 rebounds and 5 steals, and the New Jersey Nets held Golden State to two baskets in the final 6 minutes 30 seconds to beat the Warriors, 109-97, last night in East Rutherford. N.J.
The win may have been costly, as power forward Kenyon Martin sprained his right knee on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. Martin, the team's second leading scorer and the top rebounder, is scheduled to have an MRI today.
"He is our emotional leader," Nets Coach Byron Scott said. "Defensively, at that position, there is nobody better. Offensively, he was playing extremely well, and had put it all together, and the scary part is that he is going to get better."
Dikembe Mutombo returned to the Nets' lineup after missing 56 games with a wrist injury. He looked rusty, failing to score in five minutes and grabbing just one rebound.
Coming off consecutive victories over the New York Knicks, New Jersey has put together its first three-game winning streak since the all-star break.
Richard Jefferson added 22 points, reserve Aaron Williams had 14 and Jason Collins had 13 -- including nine of the Nets' final 12 points.
* SPURS 101, JAZZ 81: Tim Duncan scored 30 points as host San Antonio snapped Utah's six-game winning streak and defeated the Jazz for the 12th straight time.
Utah Coach Jerry Sloan was ejected from the game after picking up his second technical foul for arguing following a hard foul on Matt Harpring.
* CELTICS 110, CAVALIERS 106: Paul Pierce scored 34 points to help Boston end Cleveland's three-game home winning streak.
Ricky Davis scored 38 for Cleveland, which lost to the Celtics for the second straight night and has lost 10 in a row against Boston.
* 76ERS 110, HAWKS 89: Allen Iverson had 38 points, 9 assists and 8 steals as Philadelphia won easily in Atlanta.
Derrick Coleman did not play for the 76ers because of a left quadriceps contusion. Kenny Thomas started, and finished with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
* KINGS 107, BULLS 92: In Chicago, Peja Stojakovic scored 19 of his 27 points in the third quarter as Sacramento won its sixth in a row. Chris Webber had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Mike Bibby added 16 points for Sacramento.
* ROCKETS 102, NUGGETS 89: Steve Francis had 18 points, and tied his season high with 12 assists as Houston had seven players in double figures and won handily at home.