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Nets Even Series With Extra Effort

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The Nets stepped up their defense in Game 2 Tuesday night at the Meadowlands, holding the Pacers to just 36 first-half points and building a 20 point lead by the end of the third quarter. Vince Carter got back on track, shooting 12-of-20 from the field and leading all scorers with 33 points. Indiana was missing Peja Stojakovic (out with an injured knee), while Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson were in foul trouble all night. The Nets beat the Pacers on the break and in the paint, but it was their defensive effort that made the difference. Nenad Krstic (20 points, 10 boards) and Jason Kidd (11 boards, 13 assists) each recorded double-doubles, while Richard Jefferson added 21 points. Indiana climbed back to within eight points late in the fourth, but an 11-3 Nets run put the game away.