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Cliffy Caps Comeback As Nets Win Seventh Straight

Playing well for 24 minutes usually doesn't get it done in the NBA, but that was enough for the Nets Thursday night at the Meadowlands, as they came back from a 16-point, first-half deficit to beat the Timberwolves for their seventh straight win. Vince Carter started the comeback with a deep three at the halftime buzzer to make it a 10-point game. The Nets then turned up the defense and started the third quarter with 11 straight points to take the lead. The game was tight from then on, and Clifford Robinson hit two big threes down the stretch, the second one giving the Nets a four-point lead with less than a minute to go. A key offensive rebound from Vince Carter on the next possession and free throws from Richard Jefferson and Jason Kidd sealed the victory. Carter and Jefferson led the Nets with 21 points each, Nenad Krstic recorded his seventh double-double of the season, and Kidd filled the stat-sheet with 17 points, six rebounds, nine assists and two steals.