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Nets Comeback Falls Short at Golden State

The Nets were lost Vince Carter to a back injury midway through Monday night's game at Golden State and could not keep up with the Warriors' potent offense as their comeback fell short and they lost the first game of their West Coast trip 100-97. Carter strained a muscle in his back late in the second quarter. He tried to come back for the second half, but left after one minute and did not return. Shooting 12-28 from downtown, the Warriors built a 13-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but a 12-2 Nets run closed it to within three in the closing minutes. Still down three, Jason Kidd lost the ball the Nets could not get a shot off as time expired. Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 23 points and Nenad Krstic recorded his first double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Nets got solid play from Jeff McInnis and Zoran Planinic off the bench, but Scott Padgett and Marc Jackson combined to shoot just 2 of 11 from the field.