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Bench Goes From Net Loss to Net Gain

Rod Thorn spent a lot of time this summer building a veteran bench. He may have missed out on his top targets: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Keyon Dooling and Raja Bell, but the group he did assemble was supposed to be the franchise's best ever. But in the Nets' first 21 games, the bench looked like a problem. Then one of them began making long bombs and two others started playing tough defense. The result is one reason why the Nets have gone from disappointment to success.