At the rate Jason Kidd is going, he could catch Wilt Chamberlain before the season ends.
Kidd registered his second triple-double in three games Sunday, and now needs three to tie Chamberlain for third all time with 78. The Nets have six games remaining.
Against the Bobcats on Thursday, Kidd's triple-double came amid controversy as he stayed in during a blowout to grab the 10th rebound. He got his ninth assist Sunday with 6:18 left, putting the Nets up by 17. But coach Lawrence Frank kept the whole starting five in the game this time until the end.
Kidd finally got it on an alley-oop pass to Vince Carter with 61 ticks left.
"I was going to go to Twin," Kidd said, referring to Jason Collins. "I believe in Twin. But there is no better person to throw the 10th assist to than Vince on an alley-oop because the chances are pretty good."
Frank said he'll likely wait until the last three or four games of the season to cut back on the starters' minutes.
The Nets still have a slim chance of catching Miami for the No. 2 seed. Winning 50 games for the second time in their NBA history is possible with a 3-3 finish. Yet Frank said he's not motivated by that.
"Nah, it's more about getting better," Frank said. "If that results in 50 wins, great."
The 14-game winning streak is over, but the Nets' road streak continues. They won their sixth straight road game, tying their NBA- best road streak. They can set the mark Tuesday in Chicago, where the streak began. ... Rookie Antoine Wright strained his left quad in the second quarter and never returned. Wright could undergo an X- ray or an MRI today.