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Nets Outlast Wizards

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The Nets got big games from the big three and solid performances from the supporting cast to beat the Wizards in a tight, high-scoring (for the Nets anyway) contest at the IZOD Center Friday night. Both teams came out hot and the Nets led 30-27 after one, but Washington built a nine-point lead early in the third quarter. The Nets closed the gap quickly though and the game was tight from then on out. Fueled by Jason Kidd and Sean Williams, the Nets led by seven with two minutes to go. The Wizards closed to within three, but missed their only shot at a tie and a Vince Carter offensive board with four seconds to go sealed the game for the Nets. Carter and Richard Jefferson combined for 50 points, 10 boards and nine assists. Kidd scored a season-high 20 points, adding eight boards and 12 assists, and Williams recorded the first double-double of his career, adding five blocks to 14 points and 10 boards. It was the sixth time Williams has recorded four or more blocks. The Nets went 29-of-31 from the line and committed just nine turnovers, their lowest total of the season.