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Nets Lose Game One Thriller

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It was another classic first round thriller between the Nets and the Pacers, but one that went Indiana's way Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Anthony Johnson hit a pair free throws to take a two-point lead with nine-tenths of a second to go and a Richard Jefferson jumper to tie it fell short at the buzzer. It was a tight game throughout with neither team leading by more than six points. Vince Carter struggled from the field, making just 12 of his 33 shots, and the Nets struggled as a team from downtown, hitting just 1-of-15 from beyond the arc. The Nets held Jermaine O'Neal in check for the first three quarters, but he scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth. Carter led the Nets with 31 points and 13 rebounds, while Nenad Krstic and Richard Jefferson combined for 41 points on 15-of-26 from the field.