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Nets Don't Measure Up Yet

In what was labeled a "measuring stick game" after the Nets showed improvement over the course of their West Coast trip, New Jersey couldn't keep it going against the Pistons Wednesday night at the Meadowlands. The Nets fell behind by 12 early, but fought back to take a five point lead at the half. The Pistons wore them down in the second half, however and put the game away with some clutch shooting down the stretch. Somewhat surprisingly, the Nets scored 48 points in the paint and won the rebounding battle 44-27, but Detroit shot 10-20 from downtown while the Nets missed all seven shots they took from beyond the arc. Vince Carter took over in the second quarter working in the low post, but he never could get his jumper going. He finished with 27 points on 13-29 shooting. Richard Jefferson recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 20 points and 14 boards.