Kidd returns to lead Nets

Posted: Tuesday, December 07, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Kidd made his season debut and assisted on Richard Jefferson's game-winning jumper from the lane with 7.1 seconds left as the New Jersey Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 88-86 Monday night.

After sitting out the first 16 games recovering from left knee surgery, Kidd had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes with the Nets restricting his playing time.

Hawks 96, 76ers 92

ATLANTA - Josh Smith scored the tiebreaking basket off an offensive rebound with 17.6 seconds remaining, then blocked a shot to help Atlanta snap a nine-game losing streak.

One day after turning 19, the teenager was a major reason the Hawks won for only the third time in 17 games this season, overcoming a season-high 36 points by Allen Iverson.

Spurs 91, Bulls 75

CHICAGO - Tony Parker scored 17 points and Tim Duncan had his 16th double-double of the season to help San Antonio win its eighth straight.

Duncan finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili and Devin Brown added 12 points each.

Pistons 101, Mavericks 85

DALLAS - Chauncey Billups tied his season high with 24 points and Richard Hamilton scored 13 of his 19 in the third quarter for Detroit.

The Pistons took a 10-point lead into halftime, then stretched it to 21 in the third. The Mavericks never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.

Warriors 110, Celtics 106

OAKLAND, Calif. - Troy Murphy had a career-high 30 points and 15 rebounds to help Golden State win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Boston had a chance to win it with 20 seconds left, but Paul Pierce airballed a jumper under heavy defensive pressure.

Clippers 99, Bobcats 93, 2OT

LOS ANGELES - Corey Maggette scored four of his 33 points in the second overtime and the Los Angeles Clippers survived the fourth-quarter ejection of Elton Brand.

Brand, held to a season-low 10 points Saturday, finished with 19 points to help the Clippers win for the sixth time in seven games.

Jason Kapono and Primoz Brezec each had 14 points for the Bobcats, who played without Gerald Wallace (concussion) and Jahidi White (right shoulder strain).

Emeka Okafor added 12 points and 15 boards for Charlotte, which has four victories at home, but is 0-7 on the road.

It was the Clippers' first overtime victory in four chances this season.



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