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Nets Fall Short in Cleveland as Kidd, RJ Deal with Injuries

The Nets showed some resilience for the second straight night, coming back from a deep first-half hole in Cleveland Saturday night, but some costly turnovers down the stretch gave the Cavs an advantage the Nets could not overcome. Cleveland killed the Nets on the boards in the first half and led by as many as 16 midway through the second quarter. The Nets closed to within eight by the half, made it a one-possession game early in the third, and took the lead behind an 8-0 run by their bench early in the fourth. It was a tie game with a little more than five minutes to go when the Nets turned the ball over in three of their next four possessions. Cleveland led by six with less than a minute to go, but the Nets had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but a Vince Carter three fell short. Carter and Mikki Moore led the Nets with 18 points and Moore added 10 boards. Both Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson reported their nagging injuries (Kidd: back, Jefferson: ankle) had gotten worse.