Nets 113, Wizards 101
Kidd had 26 points, nine assists and eight rebounds and the Nets hit a franchise-record 16 3-pointers in a 113-101 victory over the injury-ravaged Wizards on Tuesday night.
“It was more or less beat us from the outside,” Kidd said when asked about the Wizards’ defense. “We kind of fell in the trap in the first half but we were wide open.”
In winning their third straight game and handing the Wizards their third straight loss, the Nets never let a second-quarter cold streak—they missed 9-of-11 in one stretch late in the period—deter them from taking what was there.
“Guys started hitting shots,” said Vince Carter, who added 27 points. “We were getting good looks from 3, so we were just taking the shots that were there.”
The Nets finished 16-of-32 from 3-point land with Kidd having a better than normal night from long range, hitting 6-of-10. Bostjan Nachbar, who scored 23 off the bench, and Eddie House added three 3s apiece and Carter and Clifford Robinson each had two.
Gilbert Arenas had 26 points on 7-of-25 shooting for the Wizards, who played without All-Star forward Caron Butler (back spasms) for the second straight game and Antawn Jamison, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since late January.
Jarvis Hayes added a season-high 21 points for Washington.
“They were hot today and we gave up too many open looks,” said Wizards guard Roger Mason Jr., who tied a career high with 18 points. “Defensively our rotations weren’t what they needed to be obviously.”
Kidd put on a show in the third quarter, scoring 19 points on a 7-of-10 shooting. The All-Star point guard single-handedly led a 19-5 spurt in a 3:09 span, hitting five 3-pointers and handing out assists on the other two baskets in rallying New Jersey from an eight-point deficit.
“He was unbelievable,” Carter said. “His ability to pass the ball, get to the hole and then he is taking shots. He was fun to watch. He was tough.”
Despite all his work, the Nets only held a 79-78 lead entering the final quarter.
There were five lead changes in the opening minutes of the final quarter, before Carter found House alone in the corner for a 3-pointer for an 88-86 lead with 9:04 to play.
The shot ignited a 13-3 spurt that featured nine points by Nachbar, including a 3-pointer and a big dunk coming down the lane.
Washington made two runs in the final minutes. A 3-pointer by DeShawn Stevenson got it within 99-94 with less than five minutes to play but Nachbar hit another 3-pointer.
A 3-pointer by Hayes with about three minutes to go got the Wizards within 104-97, but Kidd drove the lane for a basket.
Washington had 10 3-pointers in the game. …Mason Jr. came off the bench in the second quarter and hit his first four shots. He finished with a career-high four 3-pointers. …Washington F Darius Songaila got a second-quarter technical for complaining about a no-call. …Arenas is 11-of-47 from the field in his last two games. .. The previous record for 3-pointers was 15 set on Dec. 11, 2006 against Memphis. … Nets F Jason Collins had a season-high three blocks and the Nets had seven, also a season high.