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Defense and Unselfish Play Fuel Win Over Wizards

The Washington Wizards came into New Jersey as one of the top offensive teams in the league, scoring 101.6 points per game and shooting 47% from the field. The Nets held them to 83 and 38% Saturday night and came back from a rough first quarter to beat Washington 89-83 at the Meadowlands. The Wizards held 27-19 lead after the first quarter, but a 17-3 Nets run to start the second changed things. The Nets finished the game with 27 assists on 34 field goals. Vince Carter led the Nets with 19 points and Richard Jefferson added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jason Collins played 18 minutes, but could not finish the game due to pain in his leg. Clifford Robinson was solid in his place, finishing with 12 points and a big offensive rebound down the stretch. After starting the season 5-1, Washington has now lost three straight.