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Nets Lose Game, Carter

The Boston Celtics came into the IZOD Center Saturday night and showed the Nets why they're the only undefeated team left in the NBA. The Nets came out on fire, but the Celtics were right there with them, and Boston scored 20 points in the last 5:10 of the second quarter to take control of the game. Then the Nets missed their first nine shots of the second half, mixing in five turnovers, and the game got away from them completely, with Boston leading by as many as 23. The Nets made a run late, closing to within eight in the final minute, but the game was never in doubt. Adding injury to insult, Vince Carter sprained his right ankle late in the third. How long he'll be out is unknown at this point. Richard Jefferson again led the Nets with 28 points and Sean Williams gave them a lift in the fourth with 10 points and four boards off the bench.