Nets beat Raptors for 12th straight win
TORONTO: Jason Kidd tied a season-high with 15 assists and Richard Jefferson had 20 points to help the New Jersey Nets set a franchise-record Friday with their 12th straight victory, 91-72 over the Toronto Raptors.
New Jersey coach Lawrence Frank improved to 11-0. Frank set an NBA record for the best start to a coaching career by winning his 10th consecutive game on Wednesday.
“Any time you put a double-digit win streak together, that’s impressive, but we have a bigger picture in mind. We want to get better,” Kidd said.
Kerry Kittles added 19 points for the Nets, whose previous longest streak came from Dec. 23, 1982 to Jan. 12, 1983.
Donyell Marshall had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost four straight games.
Lakers 116, 76ers 88: In Los Angeles, Shaquille O’Neal had 29 points and 13 rebounds as the Lakers downed Philadelphia. Kobe Bryant added 28 points although he played just two minutes in the third quarter after picking up his fourth foul. Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson was held to 13 points on 3-of-18 shooting. He fell short of a third consecutive double-double with nine assists.
Kenny Thomas had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Glenn Robinson added 19 points for the 76ers, who are 2-17 in their last 19 games against the Lakers in Los Angeles. —AP