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No Kidd-ing around: Star still helping Nets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Kidd refused to say whether he wants out of New Jersey. Instead, he showed why the Nets won't just give him away.

Kidd scored seven of his nine points in the final 1:42 and had 11 assists as the Nets snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 87-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Ignoring the distractions Kidd created a day earlier with his comments encouraging a trade, the Nets held the Bucks to 37.5 percent shooting and avoided their first double-digit skid since dropping their final 11 games of the 1999-00 season.

"The guy has an unbelievable ability to just focus and that's a large part of who he is," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "We expected nothing less from him and he obviously hit a big shot and made big free throws."

Kidd has been frustrated with the Nets' disappointing play and finally acknowledged Monday in a story on ESPN.com that it might be best to trade him, saying: "It used to be if I got a triple-double, that was an automatic win. That's just not the case now. We tried to make this work. We've found out it doesn't. It's time for us all to move on."

The Nets aren't ready to do that just yet -- especially if it means making a bad deal. Even with their skid, which included six losses on a Western Conference road trip, they are in eighth place in the East.

Royal Ivey scored 19 points for the Bucks, who were without leading scorer Michael Redd for the second consecutive game because of a left knee strain that will also keep him out of today's game at Philadelphia.

SUPERSONICS 88, SPURS 85, at Seattle -- Kevin Durant scored 26 points, including the go-ahead jump shot with 32.6 seconds remaining, and Seattle stunned defending champion San Antonio to finally end a team-record skid at 14 games.

SUNS 125, HAWKS 92, at Phoenix -- Amare Stoudemire scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half as Phoenix earned its season-high sixth consecutive home win by routing Atlanta.

CELTICS 117, HEAT 87, at Miami -- A new big three? Not so, but Boston received big games from former Cal star Leon Powe (career-high 25 points, 11 rebounds), Rajon Rondo career-high-tying 23 points), and Tony Allen (20 points, six assists) in a rout of Miami.

LAKERS 120, KNICKS 109, at Los Angeles -- Kobe Bryant had 24 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Los Angeles rallied from eight points down in the fourth quarter to beat New York.

PISTONS 110, PACERS 104, at Indianapolis -- Rasheed Wallace had 24 points and 10 rebounds to guide Detroit past Indiana for a third consecutive victory.

WIZARDS 108, RAPTORS 104 (OT), at Washington -- Antawn Jamison finished with 24 points and 20 rebounds, and Washington overcame the loss of Caron Butler (hip flexor) to defeat Toronto in overtime.

BULLS 96, TIMBERWOLVES 85, at Chicago -- Kirk Hinrich finished with 27 points to help Chicago beat Minnesota and spoil Randy Foye's first game this season in his return from a knee injury.

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