Sunday, April 20, 2003

Nets' Kidd shows up mentor


Bucks' Payton held scoreless until 4th quarter

The Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The great point guard matchup between Jason Kidd and Gary Payton was a mismatch in Game 1.

Kidd schooled his playground mentor with 14 points, 14 assists and six rebounds, holding Payton scoreless for more than 3 1/2 quarters Saturday as the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 109-96.

"He set the tone," Payton said of Kidd.

Payton, the perennial All-Star, didn't score until there was 4:10 to go, drawing a derisive cheer from those left in the crowd of 16,102. He finished with eight points, 10 assists and five turnovers in a game in which the Nets led by 20 at halftime and 31 early in the fourth quarter.

"They've had plenty of battles in their days," Nets coach Byron Scott said. "They look forward to playing each other because of their competitive nature. Today Jason got the best of him. If you know anything about Gary Payton and how competitive he is, you know he's going to come back with a vengeance."

Kenyon Martin, who took an awkward fall under the basket early in the third quarter, returned quickly and had 21 points and 15 rebounds in leading seven Nets in double figures.

• Payton, Sam Cassell and Jason Caffey of the Milwaukee Bucks all surrendered to Toronto police on Saturday following an investigation into an alleged assault outside a local strip club.

Payton, 35, is charged with three counts of assault while Cassell, 33, is charged with two counts of assault. Caffey, 29, faces one count of assault.

The three players were released and are scheduled to appear in Toronto court May 30.

Celtics 103, Pacers 100

INDIANAPOLIS - For the first 3 1/2 quarters, Paul Pierce was off target and the Boston Celtics appeared overmatched. By the end, Pierce had changed everything.

Pierce scored 21 of his 40 points in the final quarter, leading Boston back from a 13-point deficit in the final 7 1/2 minutes as the Celtics rallied past the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of their first-round series.

Pierce's primary defender was Ron Artest before he fouled out with 40 seconds left. That left the Pacers scrambling to contain Pierce, whose 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left put the Celtics ahead 99-97.

Pierce also went 21-for-21 from the free throw line, setting an NBA playoff record for most free throws made without a miss.

Pierce blamed his slow start on illness. Bothered by a sore throat and fatigue, he missed 15 of 19 shots in the first three quarters.

Suns 96, Spurs 95, OT

SAN ANTONIO - Two bank shots from 3-point range - one by Amare Stoudemire late in regulation, the other by Stephon Marbury at the buzzer in overtime - gave the Phoenix Suns an unlikely victory.

Marbury banked in a running 3-pointer after Tim Duncan missed three free throws in the final 16 seconds, lifting Phoenix past San Antonio in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Mavericks 96, Trail Blazers 86

DALLAS - Dirk Nowitzki was unstoppable from the start, and the Portland Trail Blazers had no chance of containing him after Rasheed Wallace went down with an ankle injury.

Nowitzki scored a career-high 46 points, including 10 during a 15-1 third-quarter run that began while Wallace was in the locker room, to carry the Dallas Mavericks past the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1.

It was only fitting that Nowitzki hit the shot that put Dallas ahead for good: a 3-pointer with 3:01 left in the third while he was falling down. That capped a comeback from 13 down and drew a roar from a crowd of 20,336 - the largest in team history.

Kings 96, Jazz 90

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -Chris Webber had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Peja Stojakovic scored 16 points as the Kings beat the Jazz in a game dictated by Utah's famously deliberate style.

The high-scoring Kings nursed a small lead through the second half, but never breathed easily. The seventh-seeded Jazz got an outstanding game from Karl Malone, who had 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in the first game of his 18th trip to the playoffs.

Jim Jackson scored 15 points for the Kings, who are facing the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs for the third time in five seasons. As usual in the teams' meetings, Utah controlled the tempo - and as usual, the Kings won.

The Jazz pulled to 78-76 on Malone's free throws with 3:13 left, but Mike Bibby drove past John Stockton and dished for consecutive baskets - a jumper by Webber and a 3-pointer by Stojakovic.

NBA Playoffs

FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7)

Saturday, April 19

New Jersey 109, Milwaukee 96, N.J. leads 1-0

Boston 103, Indiana 100, Boston leads 1-0

Phoenix 96, S. Antonio 95, OT, Phoe. leads 1-0

Dallas 96, Portland 86, Dallas leads 1-0

Sacramento 96, Utah 90, Sac. leads 1-0

Sunday, April 20

Orlando at Detroit, 12:30 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.

New Orleans at Philadelphia, 8 p.m.

Monday, April 21

Phoenix at San Antonio, 8 p.m.

Boston at Indiana, 8:30 p.m.

Utah at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 22

Milwaukee at New Jersey, 7 p.m.

L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 23

New Orleans at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.

Orlando at Detroit, 8 p.m.

Portland at Dallas, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 24

Indiana at Boston, 6 p.m.

New Jersey at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 11 p.m.

Friday, April 25

Detroit at Orlando, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Phoenix, 10 p.m.

Dallas at Portland, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 26

New Jersey at Milwaukee, 5 p.m.

Philadelphia at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento at Utah, 10 p.m.

Sunday, April 27

Indiana at Boston, Noon

Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 3 p.m.

Detroit at Orlando, 5:30 p.m.

Dallas at Portland, 8 p.m.

San Antonio at Phoenix, 10:30 p.m.

Monday, April 28

Philadelphia at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Sacramento at Utah, 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 29

Milwaukee at New Jersey, TBA, if nec.

Boston at Indiana, TBA, if necessary

L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, TBA, if nec.

Phoenix at San Antonio, TBA, if nec.

Wednesday, April 30

Orlando at Detroit, TBA, if nec.

New Orleans at Philadelphia, TBA, if nec.

Portland at Dallas, TBA, if nec.

Utah at Sacramento, TBA, if nec.

Thursday, May 1

Indiana at Boston, TBA, if nec.

New Jersey at Milwaukee, TBA, if nec.

San Antonio at Phoenix, TBA, if nec.

Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, TBA, if nec.

Friday, May 2

Detroit at Orlando, TBA, if nec.

Philadelphia at New Orleans, TBA, if nec.

Sacramento at Utah, TBA, if nec.

Dallas at Portland, TBA, if nec.

Saturday, May 3

Boston at Indiana, TBA, if nec.

Milwaukee at New Jersey, TBA, if nec.

L.A. Lakers at Minnesota, TBA, if nec.

Phoenix at San Antonio, TBA, if nec.

Sunday, May 4

New Orleans at Philadelphia, TBA, if nec.

Orlando at Detroit, TBA, if nec.

Portland at Dallas, TBA, if nec.

Utah at Sacramento, TBA, if nec.

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

(Best-of-7)

CONFERENCE FINALS

(Best-of-7)

NBA FINALS

(Best-of-7)




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