EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Latrell Sprewell wasn't the only one with some extra incentive.
Jason Kidd scored 21 points and finally received some help from his teammates as the New Jersey Nets stopped a three-game losing streak with a 105-76 rout of the New York Knicks.
Prior to last week's trading deadline, Nets coach Byron Scott provided the enigmatic Sprewell with extra motivation after he said he would not want the Knicks swingman on his team because he lacked discipline.
Sprewell brushed off the comments and really was a non-factor in this one. After hitting two jumpers in the first 54 seconds, he managed just nine more points and finished 5-of-14 from the floor.
"I didn't think it was that big of deal anyway," Sprewell said. "Things do get blown out of proportion at times. I still feel the same way about him (Scott) and what he accomplished. When I was younger, I used to love watching the Lakers."
Scott's team also had reason to play with fire. The defending Eastern Conference champions entered the contest just 3-6 since the All-Star break and were coming off Tuesday's embarrassing tip-to-horn loss to the Cleveland Cavailiers, who own the NBA's worst record.
As usual, Kidd was the catalyst for the Nets. He scored 12 points in the opening quarter, helping his club to a 49-40 lead at the break.
Slumping Richard Jefferson added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Kerry Kittles netted 13 points for the Nets, who improved the league's best home record to 26-4.
"That was the best we played in a while," Scott said. "We played a lot like the team I saw earlier in the season and the team I saw last year. We got after it on the defensive end and when we do that, offense is pretty easy."
Kittles also did a good job guarding Knicks leading scorer Allan Houston, who managed just six points on 3-of-11 shooting.
"Every time I play against him I try to make it hard for him," Kittles said. "You don't want to give him too much space because he's a deadly shooter."
Rookie Frank Williams contributed 11 points for the Knicks, who never were able to get into an offensive rhythm and shot just 37 percent (29-of-78) in their most lopsided loss of the season. New York overcame a 15-point first-half deficit in Tuesday's win vs. Houston.
New Jersey led virtually the entire way as it reached the century mark in points for just the second time in the last 10 games.
Lucious Harris also scored 13 points for the Nets, who shot 57 percent (44-of-78) and held a 48-32 rebounding advantage. New Jersey was shooting at just over 39 percent from the floor in its nine games since the All-Star break.
"The game is easy when that happens," Jefferson said of his club's hot shooting. "It goes back to the whole theory about outscoring the other team. As long as we score more points, we'll be all right. We are taking the same shots we took last week. It's about our D giving up less points."
The Knicks were within 42-40 with 1:50 left in the first half on Michael Doleac's jumper before the Nets took control of the contest with a 15-4 run that lasted into the third quarter.
Not known for his offense, second-year center Jason Collins contributed five of his eight points around a basket by Kittles to end the half for a 49-40 advantage.
Martin capped the burst with a hook shot with 8:40 left in the third quarter, pushing the lead to 57-42. The Nets maintained the 15-point lead entering the fourth quarter behind Kidd, who did all his scoring in the first three periods.
The Nets shot a blistering 69 percent (24-of-35) after halftime, compared to a woeful 31 percent (13-of-42) for the Knicks.
"I thought they had the energy and we didn't," Knicks coach Don Chaney said. "They had the quickness and we didn't. They had the aggression and we didn't. They did whatever they wanted to do out there."