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Nets Hold On For Sixth Straight

The Nets continued their Jason Kidd-era dominance over the Knicks Monday night, holding on for a 8-point victory at Madison Square Garden. New Jersey built a 12-point lead after one quarter and seemed to be cruising to a blowout victory, but a 16-2 Knicks run got the home team to within 7 points with 4 1/2 minutes to go in the game. That would be as close as they got however, as the Nets held on for their 20th victory over the Knicks in their last 23 meetings (including the playoffs). Vince Carter led all scorers with 27 points, hitting 15 of 17 free throws to make him 64 of 69 in the last four games. Richard Jefferson added 23 points on a perfect 8 of 8 from the floor and Jason Kidd filled the boxscore with 9 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Clifford Robinson caught fire off the bench for 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting and Jason Collins returned from his ankle injury to shoot 4 of 4 from the field for 9 points. If the Nets win the next meeting (Feb. 8), they will tie the all-time (regular season) series at 71 games apiece.