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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 3: Injured Jason Kidd of the New Jersey Nets watches the game against the Miami Heat with his son T.J. on November 3, 2004 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

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As a player, Jason Kidd guided the New Jersey Nets to two NBA Finals appearances against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

They lost both, but Kidd arrived to New Jersey highly respected for turning around a franchise with no real identity.

Antoine Walker knows a thing or two about that.

Heavy on Celtics With Ex-NBA All-Star Antoine WalkerFormer NBA All-Star and NCAA and NBA champion Antoine Walker joins host Brandon "Scoob B" Robinson to talk about the NBA playoffs, the Celtics championship odds, and more.2020-09-07T21:10:20Z

The duo of Walker and Paul Pierce and blossomed during the 2001-02 season when the Jim O’Brien led-team boasted a 49-33 record and made their first NBA Playoffs appearance in seven years. Walker’s stat sheet was amazing 22.0 points and 5 assists per contest.

The Celtics made it all the way to the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals, but would eventually lose in six games to a talented Nets team that was guided by Byron Scott and featured Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, Keith Van Horn and Richard Jefferson.

“We just caught Jason Kidd in his prime man,” recounted Antoine Walker.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – MAY 29: Point guard Jason Kidd #5 of the New Jersey Nets drives past forward Antoine Walker #8 of the Boston Celtics in Game five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2002 NBA Playoffs at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 29, 2002. The Nets won 103-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2002 NBAE (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

“We couldn’t match up. And no offense to Kenny [Anderson] and Kenny’s my man but, Kidd was unbelievable for a couple of years. Those two years they went to the Finals. I don’t think there was any better point guard in the game better than Jason Kidd. Those two years when they went to the NBA Finals back-to-back; see people don’t understand we get ‘em in the Eastern Conference Finals we’re up 2-1, then we come back the following year and they sweep us in the second round but, those were epic battles man; we played that team probably like 30 times in two years it seemed like but, we couldn’t get past them. They were deep you know; Jason, Kerry Kittles, Keith Van Horn, Lucious Harris, Aaron Williams…they were loaded man, but they had our number for some reason. It was one of things that they had our number when it counted.”

Shortly after retiring from basketball as a player, Kidd was named head coach of the Nets, in 2013, replacing interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.

Kidd lasted one season and guided a Nets team that had Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to a 44-38 record.

While in Brooklyn, Kidd got results. The Hall of Famer guided the Nets to an Eastern Conference semifinals appearance against the Big Three-era Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh. The Heat beat the Nets in five games and advanced to the NBA Finals where they’d lose to the San Antonio Spurs.

While on the Heavy Live With Scoop B Show, Antoine Walker insists that Kenyon Martin more than held his own in the NBA Playoffs!

“I always tell people that Kenyon Martin was probably the toughest guy that I went up against,” said Walker while on Heavy Live With Scoop B.

“Because of my skillset and because of my ability to step outside. People don’t know, Kenyon Martin is probably only 6’5”. But he’s athletic, can jump to the moon, quick feet. So your typical move wasn’t beating Kenyon Martin. You had to do some extra stuff. You know, you had to do some extra moves to get by Kenyon. He’s a great defender so, we had some unbelievable battles me and Kenyon. I respect him to the utmost as a defender, as a competitor so those were some epic battles. When you think about New Jersey you think about some of those battles.”

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Anthony Davis shined in his NBA Finals debut, LeBron James had a near-triple-double in his 50th Finals game and the Lakers treated the 3-point line like a layup line for two-plus quarters.

Davis had 34 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks, and James scored 25 points, procured 13 rebounds and delivered nine assists in Los Angeles’ 116-98 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.

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While the Lakers ended up at 39.5% shooting on 3-pointers, they shot 64.7% from 3 in the first half when they pummeled the Heat.

"Paying attention to detail," James said. "I don't think in the beginning that we were physical enough. You have to get a feel for how hard Miami plays. I think they smacked us in the mouth, and we got a sense of that. And so we knew how hard we had to play if we wanted to try to make it a game.

© Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo battle during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

"From that moment when it was 23-10 (Heat), we started to play to our capabilities. We started flying around. We started getting defensive stops. We started sharing the ball a lot better offensively and just got into a really good groove."

Anthony Davis got high praise from his coach after a 34-point, nine-rebound, three-block performance in Game 1 of the #NBAFinals. pic.twitter.com/5IkCgP0ue5

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It’s just one game, but the Heat found themselves with multiple problems defensively, and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra and his staff need to tinker with assignments and schemes. Of course, stopping Davis and James poses problems for every team.

The Lakers exploited mismatches. For all their offensive prowess, Miami’s Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, Andre Iguodala and Jae Crowder had trouble defensively.

Los Angeles’ size and athleticism also presented a problem. The Lakers outrebounded Miami 54-36, and Miami had to continually foul the Lakers, who were 25-for-27 on foul shots.

"The Lakers set the tenor, the tone, the force, the physicality, for the majority of the game, and they just took control and we weren't able to get it back," Spoelstra said.

Making matters worse for Miami, point guard Goran Dragic exited the game in the second quarter with a left foot injury and didn’t return, and center Bam Adebayo played just 21 minutes and wasn’t on the Heat’s bench for the final 18 minutes with a strained left shoulder. 

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It was a game for about a quarter.

Miami took a 25-12 lead in the first quarter on hot shooting. But the Lakers went to a smaller lineup, and took a 31-28 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Lakers clobbered the Heat in the second quarter, and when added up, the Lakers outscored the Heat 53-23 in the final 16 minutes of the first half.

The game got worse from there for the Heat as the Lakers’ lead ballooned to 87-55 midway through the third quarter.

"It's a cliché but every single possession counts, and there were too many possessions where it was either a poor offensive possession or a miss that led to a couple of poor possessions defensively or vice versa, and those stacked on top of each other can get away from you pretty quickly against a very good team like this," Spoelstra said. "We're much better than we showed tonight. You have to credit the Lakers, and we'll get to work for the next one."   

???? @KingJames' near triple-double helps the @Lakers take a 1-0 #NBAFinals lead! #LakeShow

25 PTS | 13 REB | 9 AST

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This was the first Finals game for several Heat players, and it showed. If there’s a lone bright spot, it’s that the Heat cut a 32-point deficit to 13 and kept James and Davis on the court until the final minute.

"We're not satisfied," Davis said. "We don't like how we ended the game. That wasn't a championship mentality, and we have to be better in that regard. But we'll take the win, but we'll watch film and try to take advantage, as well."

Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 23 points and five assists, and Kendrick Nunn had 18 points and five rebounds off the bench.

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Full screen 1/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates with forward Kyle Kuzma during the fourth quarter. 2/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives to the basket during the fourth quarter. 3/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis is fouled by Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder during the fourth quarter. 4/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Lakers forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis celebrate after a play during the third quarter. Slideshow continues on the next slide 5/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard passes the ball during the third quarter. 6/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder (99) go for a loose ball during the second quarter. 7/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso dunks during the second quarter. 8/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic shoots during the second quarter. 9/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis passes the ball during the second quarter. Slideshow continues on the next slide 10/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Former President Barack Obama and a number of NBA greats were virtual fans for Game 1. 11/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reacts after making a 3-pointer during the first quarter against the Miami Heat. 12/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder reacts after making a basket during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers. 13/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis reacts after being fouled during the first quarter. 14/14 SLIDES © Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard wins the opening tip against the Miami Heat. 14/14 SLIDES

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