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The Streak Comes To An End As Nets Blow Late Lead

The Nets 14-game winning streak, the longest in the NBA this season, came to an end Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands as the Cleveland Cavaliers outscored New Jersey 12-1 in the final 1:15 to win by six. With the Nets up five, Drew Gooden hit a pair of free throws and then LeBron James converted an amazing three-point play off a steal to tie the game with 50 seconds left to play. Twenty seconds later, Nenad Krstic fouled Anderson Varejao on a rebound and Varejao gave the Cavs a two-point lead with a pair of free throws. After that, Vince Carter went to the line with a chance to tie it, but missed the second, and he missed a three that would have tied it as well with less than 20 seconds to go. The Cavs sealed the game with free throws. James scored 18 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter and Cleveland had four more players in double-figures. Carter led the Nets with 33 points and Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson each contributed double-doubles. It was the first game the Nets have lost all season (they had won the first 37) in which they led going into the fourth quarter.