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Kidd: 'They missed a good game'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd
was fined $10,000 by the NBA on Friday for verbally abusing and
publicly criticizing game officials following a loss to Memphis.

Kidd, who turned the ball over twice and missed a free throw
in the final two minutes, became upset when officials didn't call
a foul in the closing seconds.

Kidd made derogatory comments to Violet Palmer, Mike Callahan and Gary Zielinski after the officials failed to make a foul call against Stromile Swift after the Grizzlies' forward bumped Kidd on a shot attempt in the closing seconds of the game.

The Nets trailed 95-93 at the time. They lost by three points.

Kidd said something directly to the officials as they walked off the court at Continental Airlines Arena. He criticized them again
in a postgame news conference.

"That's basketball at its best," said Kidd of the game.
"Unfortunately, that crew missed a good game. It was a good game
up to that point."

Kidd then paused for a second.

"That's not going to get me a fine, either," he added.

The Nets attempted 41 free throws in the game, compared with
24 for the Grizzlies. New Jersey, which has won the past two
Eastern Conference titles, is 7-11 following a four-game losing
streak.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.