NBA ROUNDUP Thursday's game



Nets 86, Bulls 83
CHICAGO -- Jason Kidd recorded his 82nd career triple-double, and the New Jersey Nets erased an 18-point deficit against Chicago for the second time in a week, beating the Bulls. Kidd had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season. Vince Carter added 18 points for the Nets. Kirk Hinrich made a runner in the lane for Chicago to make it 74-67, then the Nets came back and scored 14 consecutive points. Richard Jefferson had a reverse dunk, Carter made two free throws and then Kidd followed with a 3-pointer to give the Nets a 76-74 lead with 5:41 left in the game. Kidd extended the Nets' lead with a basket with 2:20 left, making it 81-74. Chicago got within 81-78 with 51 seconds left, but Jefferson followed with two free throws. Andres Nocioni's 3 cut the Nets' lead to 83-81 with 16 seconds remaining. Kidd followed by hitting 1-of-2 free throws on the other end, making it 84-81. After Hinrich made two free throws, Kidd came back and made both free throws to make it 86-83. After losing control of the ball, Hinrich's 3-point attempt was blocked by Bostjan Nachbar as time expired. Nocioni finished with 28 points for Chicago and Ben Gordon had 23 -- only three after halftime while being defended by Kidd. Chicago couldn't hold an 18-0 lead at New Jersey last Friday. This time, the Bulls led by 18 early in the third quarter. Kidd hit back-to-back jumpers that started a 14-1 run. Nachbar hit two free throws to get the Nets within 56-51 with 5:46 left in the quarter. Carter made a free throw to get the Nets within 61-59 with 2:58 left in the quarter. Gordon came in with 5:34 left in the first quarter and finished the period with 11 points. His 3 extended Chicago's lead to 47-31 with 1:18 remaining in the second quarter. Gordon finished the first half with 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range. Noconi scored 11 points in the half for the Bulls, who led 49-35 at the break. Mikki Moore had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets. Jefferson finished with 14 points. Bulls F Malik Allen missed the game with a left calf strain. Chicago's Ben Wallace labored with a stiff back. He was scoreless with six rebounds.
CHICAGO -- Jason Kidd recorded his 82nd career triple-double, and the New Jersey Nets erased an 18-point deficit against Chicago for the second time in a week, beating the Bulls. Kidd had 23 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his seventh triple-double of the season. Vince Carter added 18 points for the Nets. Kirk Hinrich made a runner in the lane for Chicago to make it 74-67, then the Nets came back and scored 14 consecutive points. Richard Jefferson had a reverse dunk, Carter made two free throws and then Kidd followed with a 3-pointer to give the Nets a 76-74 lead with 5:41 left in the game. Kidd extended the Nets' lead with a basket with 2:20 left, making it 81-74. Chicago got within 81-78 with 51 seconds left, but Jefferson followed with two free throws. Andres Nocioni's 3 cut the Nets' lead to 83-81 with 16 seconds remaining. Kidd followed by hitting 1-of-2 free throws on the other end, making it 84-81. After Hinrich made two free throws, Kidd came back and made both free throws to make it 86-83. After losing control of the ball, Hinrich's 3-point attempt was blocked by Bostjan Nachbar as time expired. Nocioni finished with 28 points for Chicago and Ben Gordon had 23 -- only three after halftime while being defended by Kidd. Chicago couldn't hold an 18-0 lead at New Jersey last Friday. This time, the Bulls led by 18 early in the third quarter. Kidd hit back-to-back jumpers that started a 14-1 run. Nachbar hit two free throws to get the Nets within 56-51 with 5:46 left in the quarter. Carter made a free throw to get the Nets within 61-59 with 2:58 left in the quarter. Gordon came in with 5:34 left in the first quarter and finished the period with 11 points. His 3 extended Chicago's lead to 47-31 with 1:18 remaining in the second quarter. Gordon finished the first half with 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range. Noconi scored 11 points in the half for the Bulls, who led 49-35 at the break. Mikki Moore had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets. Jefferson finished with 14 points. Bulls F Malik Allen missed the game with a left calf strain. Chicago's Ben Wallace labored with a stiff back. He was scoreless with six rebounds.
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