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Nets Recover From Ugly Start to Beat Celtics

The Nets looked completely out of sync in the first half at the TD Banknorth Garden Friday night, shooting 9-of-38 from the field and scoring just 25 points before the break. They got it together in the second half however, and three straight Jason Kidd jumpers gave them the lead late in the third quarter. It was a one-point game with three minutes left in the game and the Nets put together three straight stops and five free throws to take control of the game. Clifford Robinson then hit a game-sealing three in the final minute. The Nets had five players in double-figures, but Vince Carter was the leading scorer with just 15 points. Nenad Krstic recorded his seventh double-double in his last 15 games and Robinson came off the bench for 14 points and eight boards. Jason Collins returned to the lineup, but played just 19 minutes. The Nets set a franchise record with their 20th victory on the road and will have a chance for their first ever winning record away from home when they travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday. Before that, they will complete a home-and-home with the Celtics Sunday night at the Meadowlands.