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Nets Let One Get Away

The Nets are back to being a .500 basketball team after losing a fourth-quarter lead thanks to poor execution down the stretch in Seattle Monday night. New Jersey never led by more than seven, but they were ahead for most of the game and held a six-point lead early in the fourth. A 7-1 Seattle run then tied it and the game was tight until the Sonics used a 13-2 run to blow right by the Nets, who went more than five minutes without a field goal down the stretch. The Nets won the rebounding battle 43-33 and shot 46% from the field to Seattle's 43%, but they turned the ball over 24 times and allowed 10 threes from the Sonics. Richard Jefferson returned to action, coming off the bench to score 9 points in 27 minutes. Vince Carter was hot in the first half, but cooled off after the intermission and shot just 9-22 for the game, while committing 8 turnovers.