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Nets Hold Off Shorthanded Pacers

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After three road losses to three of the best teams in the league, the Nets came home Monday afternoon and were able to hold off the Indiana Pacers, who were without Jermaine O'Neal, Jamaal Tinsley, and of course, Ron Artest. Richard Jefferson was back in the New Jersey lineup, and although he didn't shoot the ball well, he took it hard to the hole serveral times and grabbed 10 boards, showing no ill effects from his back injury of a week ago. It was Jason Kidd who had it going, hitting 5 of 7 from downtown and scoring 23 points, while dishing out 10 assists. The Nets build a 17 point lead at the end of the first half, but they could never put the Pacers away, as Indiana got to within 5 in the last minute of the game before Jacque Vaughn and Kidd put them away with free throws. Vince Carter led the Nets with 24 points and Nenad Krstic added 20.