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Nets Start Off Road Trip in Ugly Fashion as Carter Hurts Back

The Nets played one of their worst offensive games in recent memory Monday night, shooting just 33% from the field, including 2 of 21 from downtown, losing to the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center. New Jersey scored just 28 points in the first half and trailed by as many as 19 late in the third quarter. They went on a 14-2 run to cut the Utah lead to 7 points early in the fourth, but they did not have the energy to extend the run and the Jazz quickly brought the lead back up to 16. They cruised the rest of the way, earning a season split with the Nets. Vince Carter had his lowest offensive output of the season, scoring just 5 points on 2 of 14 from the field and injured his back during the first quarter. Jason Kidd recorded his 70th career triple-double, but shot just 3 for 15. Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 32 points.