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NEW YORK – The Brooklyn Nets retired coach Jason Kidd's number, then gave him an 86-62 preseason victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
Brook Lopez scored 14 points for the Nets on a night that peaked with the pregame. Kidd's No. 5 was lifted to the Barclays Center rafters during a ceremony a few minutes before the tip, honoring him for leading the franchise to its greatest NBA success.
The game itself could have used the jolt Kidd provided when the Nets acquired him in 2001. Except for a few LeBron James highlights, it was typical exhibition play, with starters resting and subs misfiring for much of the night.
James and Chris Bosh each finished with 16 points for the Heat.