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Nets Win Ugly

If you were to look at the Nets' half of Wednesday night's boxscore, you woul probably guess that they lost. Six of the 10 players in the rotation combined to score a total of three points. The team shot 39% from the floor and commited 15 turnovers. But the Nets beat the Blazers by 13 at the Meadowlands, holding Portland to just five points in the fourth quarter (a record for both the Blazers and the Nets). The game was tight for the entire first half and the Nets seemingly took control when they went on a 9-0 run to take an eight-point lead midway through the third quarter. Portland then finished the quarter on a 15-4 run of their own and led by three after three. It was all Nets in the fourth however, as Portland didn't get their first field goal until there was 4:19 on the clock. By then, the Nets led by eight and cruised to their third straight win. Vince Carter led all scorers with 26 points and Richard Jefferson and Nenad Krstic added 22 and 20 respectively. Jason Kidd, a bit under the weather according to Lawrence Frank, did not score, but contributed six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.