Tuesday, May 13, 2003

New Jersey's 2OT victory sweeps Celtics



The Associated Press

BOSTON - The New Jersey Nets needed 10 extra minutes to avoid another game with the Boston Celtics.

Jason Kidd scored 29 points as the Nets completed a sweep of the Eastern Conference semifinal with a 110-101 win in double overtime Monday night.

They'll play in the Eastern Conference final for the second straight year against Detroit or Philadelphia. That series, tied 2-2, resumes Wednesday night.

New Jersey swept a best-of-seven series for the first time after being swept in seven of them, including last year's NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. It was only the third time Boston was swept, and the first in a seven-game series in 20 years.

The Celtics had a chance to win in the first overtime, but Paul Pierce missed a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded with the score 97-97.

He added 10 rebounds and nine assists, while former Cincinnati Bearcats star Kenyon Martin finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. For Boston, Pierce had 27 points and 10 rebounds, while former Kentucky standout Tony Delk scored 23, a career playoff high.

MAVS-KINGS: The Dallas Mavericks are feeling the lingering effects of an extended first round as much as playing the first four games of their Western Conference series against Sacramento over six days.

The semifinal series is tied at 2-all after the Kings won 99-83 Sunday night. That game began 22 hours after the Mavs took the series lead with a 141-137 double-overtime win.




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