Kidd returns, Nets still lose to Rockets

kidd-jefferson-upset.jpgOn Wednesday, Jason Kidd had the world's most famous migraine. On Friday night, Kidd returned to the Nets starting lineup, but that wasn't enough as New Jersey (9-11) fell to the Houston Rockets 96-89, at the Meadowlands.

The Nets played as if they all has migraines. They fell behind early and often. They were down by 10 at the end of the first quarter. It marked the 15th time in the last 20 games that they trailed by double-digits. The loss brings the Nets to 4-8 at home this season. Richard Jefferson scored 29 points in a losing effort, was vocal on his team's performance.

Via Julian Garcia NY Daily News:
"It's a joke," said Jefferson. "The fact that we even have nine wins right now is amazing to me the way we've been playing. It seems we've been down double digits so many games. I don't know what to say."

"The first 10 to 13 minutes of every game we're terrible. We're awful," Jefferson said. "It's almost a joke. I'm as responsible as anybody. It's frustrating because after that we either play even or better than our opponent. I think more times we've probably played better. It's just that we're trying to come back from such a deficit every single game."

The Rockets (11-9) did their part in making the game frustrating for Jefferson and company. Tracy McGrady scored 24 points, while Yao Ming scored 25 points to go along with 11 rebounds. The duo of McGrady and Ming have combined for 44.6 points a game this season.

kidd-worried.jpgNew Jersey opened the second half on an 8-0 run thus cutting Houston's lead to seven but never drew closer. Vince Carter led all scorers with 32 points. Kidd, missed Wednesday's game against the Knicks citing he had a migraine, played 36 minutes contributing 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Head coach Lawrence Frank said Kidd was playing with a head cold and still felt the effects of his migraine.
"I have a cold but I learned my lesson not to make a big deal about it," Kidd said.
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