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Nets Lose Big Lead and RJ for as Much as Eight Weeks

The Nets came out hot Friday night at the Meadowlands, shooting 12-of-16 in the first quarter, leading by as many as 17 points in the second and taking a 10-point lead into the break. In the third quarter though, they lost both the lead (thanks to a 19-6 Miami run to start the half) and Richard Jefferson, who sprained his left ankle (it was his right ankle that was injured last week) and did not return. The sprain was a Grade 2 sprain which involves some ligament damage and normally requires four to eight weeks of rest. He will undergo an MRI Saturday. The Nets still led by two with less than five minutes to go, but Miami then went on a 17-6 run and made all of their free throws down the stretch to close the game out. New Jersey could not slow down Dwyane Wade, who led both teams with 34 points and 10 assists. Udonis Haslem added a career-high 28 points to go along with 9 boards for Miami, while Vince Carter led the Nets with 33 points.