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Nets Make Successful Return From Break

The Nets returned from their four-day layoff looking like they meant what they have said in the past few days, completing a season sweep of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Sunday night at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. New Jersey started out strong, building a 10-point lead early on and leading by eight at the break. A 15-2 Nets run in the third quarter made it a 19-point game, but the Hornets slowly climbed back and cut the lead down to four with less than two minutes to go in the game. Jason Kidd then hit a huge three with 1:40 remaining to extend the lead back to seven, and the Hornets never got any closer than that. The Nets shot 52% from the field, but did not take care of the ball, committing 22 turnovers. Kidd finished just one assist shy of a triple-double, while Vince Carter led all scorers with 27 points. Nenad Krstic continued his quality play of late, shooting 8-of-12 from the field for 17 points and adding eight boards. Zoran Planinic provided a huge lift off the bench, scoring 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting in 13 minutes. Lawrence Frank became the third coach to win 100 games with the Nets and the fastest do do so.