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Nets Hold Off Nuggets To Finish Trip Strong

Thanks to a hot start and an early injury to Carmelo Anthony, the Nets built a 22-point first-half lead and held on to beat the Nuggets in Denver on Monday night. New Jersey shot 16 of 24 in the first quarter, scoring a season-high 36 points and led by 22 early in the second. Denver slowly came back and cut the lead to five with 3:25 to go in the game, but that would be as close as they got and the Nets finished strong to close out their road trip with two straight wins. Jason Kidd did not put up the numbers that he did Sunday night in Los Angeles, but he controlled the game in the same way. Vince Carter led the Nets with 25 points, Richard Jefferson added 24 and the Nets recorded 26 assists on 34 field goals. Kenyon Martin led all scorers with 26 points against his former team, but he was ejected late in the fourth with two straight technical fouls. With the win, the Nets moved into a tie with Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead at 7-7.