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Nets Take Game 1, But Jefferson Injured

The good news is that the Nets came out on fire in Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals in Miami Monday night, building a 22-point first-half lead and holding on for a 12-point victory. The bad news is that Richard Jefferson injured his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return to the game. Jefferson was a huge part of the New Jersey offensive attack that shot 58% from the field in the first half, sparked by 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting from Jason Kidd and assisted by two offensive fouls on Shaquille O'Neal in the first five minutes. The Nets kept it going after the break and a 13-0 run midway through the third gave them a 28-point lead. It remained a blowout until Miami used a 13-1 run to climb back to within nine with more than four minutes to go in the game. Vince Carter went into attack mode after that and the Nets held on for the win. Jefferson had scored 20 points on 7-of-11 from the field before going down and his status for Game 2 is unknown. Kidd finished with 22 points, nine boards and seven assists while Carter added 27, eight and six.