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Carter Goes Down, Nets Follow

The Nets were facing the short-handed Indiana Pacers at the Meadowlands Sunday evening, having won 14 of their last 15 at home and four straight overall. They held a one point lead with 2:55 left in the first quarter when Vince Carter felt a pain in his hamstring after going up for a shot. Carter left the game and would not return. He expected to travel with the Nets to Atlanta Sunday night, but may have an MRI as a precaution. The Nets were still up one at the end of the first, but they then gave up 36 points in the second quarter and trailed by 13 at the half. They tightened up the defense in the third to get back in the game and had the ball down five midway through the fourth. Then a Jason Kidd three that could have cut it to two went in and out, and Fred Jones hit from downtown on the other end to make it an eight-point game. The Pacers cruised to victory after that, led by Jones and Peja Stojakovic, who finished with 22 points each. Indiana outrebounded the Nets 47-33, led by Jeff Foster's 16 boards.