Once again, the Nets were the source of the hardest fouls and the best basketball.
The mismatch of the Knicks-Nets series stuck to form last night, host New Jersey showing its superiority over a banged-up opponent in a 99-81 victory.
The Nets opened a 2-0 lead in the playoff series.
The Knicks weren't as docile as in the opener when there was no response after Tim Thomas was flagrantly fouled and injured, but they didn't put up much of a fight, either. Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin powered the Nets, who led by as many as 22 points in defeating the Knicks for the 14th time in their last 16 meetings.
Martin led New Jersey with 22 points and 16 rebounds, and midway through the third quarter he reached around from behind at Dikembe Mutombo and swiped violently at his arms, then shoved Mutombo in the back to earn a technical foul.
New York pulled to 66-56 late in the third quarter, but Rodney Rogers answered with a 3-pointer and a layup. New Jersey then opened the fourth quarter with a 10-4 run.
Stephon Marbury, shouldering the load as Thomas (bruised back and ankle) and Allan Houston (knee soreness) sat out, led New York with 23 points.
Kings 83, Mavericks 79 -- Chris Webber got his first playoff triple-double and Brad Miller hit the go-ahead shot with 34 seconds left, leading host Sacramento.
Webber had 19 points, 14 rebounds, and 12 assists, while Mike Bibby scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter for the Kings, who took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for just the second time since moving to Sacramento.