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Nets 102, 76ers 92

Nets 102, 76ers 92
Nets 102, 76ers 92
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Filed at 5:21 a.m. ET


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Without Allen Iverson, the Philadelphia 76ers just can't compete with Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets.

Kidd had 19 points and 17 assists as the Nets beat the leaderless 76ers 102-92 on Saturday in a game that marked the return of New Jersey bad boy Kenyon Martin from his fifth flagrant-foul related suspension of the season.

A mostly mellow Martin had 18 points, including two big third-quarter slams, a huge fourth-quarter 3-pointer and tough pick in the final minutes as the Eastern Conference leading Nets beat the defending conference champions for the second time in four days.

The win also extended the Nets franchise-record home winning streak to 11 games.

However, both wins against the 76ers have a big asterisk.

Iverson has been sidelined since March 22 with a broken left hand. He is expected back for the playoffs.

Derrick Coleman had 23 points and Eric Snow added 20 in doing their best to take over for Iverson, but it wasn't nearly enough.

In the two earlier meeting with New Jersey, Iverson had 28 and 43 points, receptively, in rather easy Philadelphia wins.

Without him in the lineup this week, the Nets have opened big leads and were never seriously threatened.

Keith Van Horn added 19 points as the Nets had six players in double figures.

New Jersey took the lead for good in the first quarter as Van Horn, who hit six of his first eight shots, hit a jumper and converted a three-point play in a 12-0 run.

Leading 36-30 in the second quarter, Van Horn also had five points in a 16-4 spurt that allowed New Jersey to open a 54-37 lead at halftime.

Philadelphia made a couple of runs in the second half but it never got closer than four points.

Martin's two dunks and another tomahawk by Richard Jefferson pushed the lead to 11 points late in the third quarter, and Martin's 3-pointer and two free throws by Kidd gave the Nets a comfort zone in the fourth quarter.

Speedy Claxton, who has replaced Iverson in the starting lineup, had to leave the game with just over five minutes to play after

hitting heads with Jefferson. Notes:@ Coleman provided a little comic relief tossing an 87-foot 3-point attempt with five seconds left in the first half. He apparently didn't realize how much time was left on the clock. ... Nets backup guard Lucious Harris is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday. He missed seven games after surgery on a broken facial bone ... Nets coach Byron Scott celebrated his 41st birthday ... New Jersey made 38 of 70 from the field, 54.3 percent. The 76ers shot roughly 43 percent. Philadelphia outrebounded New Jersey 45-31. The Nets still had more points in the paint, 46-38. ESPN had a video crew focusing on Martin during the game..
 
 

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