Kidd just misses 100th triple-double in win

Nets 92, Minnesota 88
February 12, 2008 7:34:40 PM PST
Bostjan Nachbar came off the bench in the second half and scored 10 of his 14 points in a decisive spurt to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 92-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.Vince Carter added 17 points and 10 assists and Jason Kidd had nine points, nine assists and 10 rebounds in just missing his 100th triple-double. Richard Jefferson added 13 points and 12 rebounds as the Nets won their third straight game.

Sebastian Telfair scored 24 points and Al Jefferson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the 23rd time in 25 road games this season.

Nachbar, who didn't play in the first 29 minutes, had 10 points in the final 6:53 of the third quarter during a 20-10 spurt that gave the Nets the lead for good. The backup forward hit four of seven shots, all six of his free throws in the game. He even had an assist in the game-deciding run that put New Jersey ahead by 10 entering the final quarter.

Neither team showed much on either end of the court in the first 2 1/2 quarters. They combined for 92 points, shot in the 30 percent range and turned the ball over 16 times in the first half alone.

The game changed when Nets coach Lawrence Frank inserted Nachbar into the game. He converted consecutive three-point plays off feeds by Kidd in the big spurt that put New Jersey ahead 66-56 entering the final quarter.

Kidd also set by baskets by Josh Boone and rookie Sean Williams in the spurt and hit a layup off one of Boone's two assists in the run.

A driving dunk by Carter to start the fourth quarter pushed the lead to a dozen.

Minnesota made a couple of runs, getting within five points three times and eventually cutting the margin to 82-78 on a 3-point play by Telfair with 2:25 to play.

Kidd then nailed a 3-pointer off a Carter assist to push the lead back to 85-78 with 2:04 to play.

After Telfair hit two free throws, Richard Jefferson hit two and Nachbar hit a jumper with 1:11 to play for an 89-80 lead.

A late 3-pointer by Randy Foye was the only thing that made the final score close.