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  • Nets 87, Bucks 80: For one night at least, Jason Kidd did his best to help the Nets get maximum value in a trade. The Nets also proved that even they couldn't find a way to lose a weak team playing without its best player (Michael Redd). The fans cheered loudly for Kidd before the game, so they either want him gone -- and are cheering his efforts to leave -- or love him so much they want him to go. So endeth the Nets' nine-game losing streak. Kidd played well down the stretch, scoring seven points in the final minute and 42 seconds. Another winnnable game awaits at Miami on Friday. Only a little more than three weeks until the trading deadline. Watch Kidd while you can!

  • Lakers 120, Knicks 109: Defense is clearly in short supply on the West Coast. The Knicks blew a 100-91 lead and lost the second straight game on a five-game Western swing. Isiah Thomas wasn't pleased. "Our lack of execution down the stretch, particularly the last five, six minutes of the game, we just totally lost all composure," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said.

  • Senators 5, Islanders 2: Maybe even the Islanders are beginning to feel the effects of the dump that is Nassau Coliseum. Forget the Nets! Move the Islanders to Brooklyn. They trailed, 3-0, until late in the second period. Then Sean Bergenheim and Bryan Berard scored some goals to make it close and give those kids who came out something to cheer about. Rick DiPietro gave up four goals, and he gave zero interviews during the game. The Islanders haven't won in five games at home.

  • Penguins 4, Devils 2: Who needs Sidney Crosby? Not the Penguins. Maybe the Devils do. A shorthanded Penguins team took care of the Devils, who suddenly look mortal, at home. Michael Rupp scored his first two goals of the season and had his first points in 35 games. That didn't help the Devils from blowing 1-0 and 2-1 leads.

  • Hurricanes 3, Rangers 1: Curses to the All-Star break! The Rangers had won two in a row, but that streak ended Tuesday. Brendan Shanahan had the lone Blueshirts goal