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Nets Hand Jazz First Loss

The Nets were not exactly sharp offensively on Wednesday, but they played their best defensive game of the season so far and kept their turnovers down, defeating the Utah Jazz 96-89 at the Meadowlands. After a 15-6 run to end the first half gave the Nets a six-point lead nto the break, they never trailed and led by as many as 14. But Utah climbed back to make it a one-point game midway through the fourth. The Nets then got big buckets from Vince Carter and Antoine Wright down the stretch and Richard Jefferson put the game away with a jumper with 16 seconds on the clock. Both teams shot 42% from the floor and Utah had a 48-31 rebounding advantage, but the Nets turned the ball over just 11 times and hit big shots when they needed them. Carter and Jefferson combined for 53 points and 26 trips to the line, while Wright provided 15 points off the bench.