Jason Kidd dominated the fourth quarter, scoring 19 of his season-high 35 points and engineering a 17-2 run that led the New Jersey Nets past the Knicks, 95-85, last night in New York.
Kidd's shooting and passing exhibition overshadowed Dikembe Mutombo's effort as he tied a Knicks record with 10 blocked shots.
After Kenyon Martin made a foul shot to break a 70-70 tie, Kidd began the decisive run with a tough-angle jumper from the right corner. He followed with a 17-footer and found Kerry Kittles for a 3-pointer, making it 78-70. Keith Van Horn scored for New York before Kidd reeled off four consecutive assists -- the last coming on a 50-foot pass to Martin ahead of the field for a dunk that gave the Nets an 87-72 lead.
Kidd finished with 13 assists and eight rebounds. He went to the free throw line 13 times -- six more than the entire Knicks team -- and made 12.
Clippers 101, Lakers 98 -- Elton Brand had 30 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 blocked shots to lead the Clippers to just their third win in the last 26 games between the cross-town rivals. Kobe Bryant had 44 points and 10 rebounds -- both season highs.
The Lakers played without Shaquille O'Neal, who strained his right calf Friday night in a 111-109 loss at Seattle, and is listed as day-to-day.
Bryant's steal and dunk with 1:21 remaining moved the Lakers within 3 points, and Derek Fisher made a basket with 51.3 seconds left on a goaltending call against Chris Kaman.
Fisher was fouled on the play and could have tied the game, but missed his free throw.
Fisher had a chance to give the Lakers the lead, but Brand blocked his layup with 11 seconds left.
Raptors 83, Suns 73 -- Vince Carter scored 23 points and Donyell Marshall finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds, powering host Toronto. Jalen Rose added 16 points and five assists for the Raptors, who have won three of four and improved to 9-7 since acquiring Rose and Marshall from Chicago in late November. Alvin Williams added 13 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Phoenix's Stephon Marbury scored 17 points on 5-for-17 shooting, and Shawn Marion had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Kings 130, SuperSonics 99 -- Peja Stojakovic hit six 3-pointers among his 24 points, and Bobby Jackson had 21 points and seven assists in Sacramento's rout of visiting Seattle. Brad Miller had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who improved the NBA's best record to 23-8.
Bucks 100, Wizards 94 -- Michael Redd scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half to lead Milwaukee at Washington. Tim Thomas added 23 points for the Bucks, who broke a three-game road losing streak.