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Orlando goes cold vs. Nets

Jason Kidd scored 20 of his 33 in the first half, leading the Nets 89-79 over the Magic on Thursday night.

Interim coach Lawrence Frank notched his second victory since taking over this week for the fired Byron Scott. Kidd shot 15-for-27 and had 10 rebounds for his 24th double double of the season.

Tracy McGrady scored 22, 10 in the first quarter, to pace Orlando. But Richard Jefferson's tight defense shut down McGrady after the first; he missed 14 of 20 shots.

New Jersey opened a 13-point lead in the third, outscoring the Magic 14-6 in a five-minute span.

BULLS: The team is close to reaching a contract settlement with Jay Williams, who is recuperating from a motorcycle accident that has jeopardized his career. By buying Williams out _ the settlement is believed to be worth more than $3-million _ the Bulls gain a roster spot and added flexibility with the salary cap. It also gives Williams options, including the possibility of re-signing with the Bulls if he returns to the league.

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