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RJ and Co. Pick Up Vince as Nets Take Game 1

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Vince Carter had a rough afternoon, but his teammates made up for it as the Nets survived a late Raptors run Saturday afternoon to take the opening game at Air Canada Centre. Carter shot just 5-of-19 from the floor and never got a rhythm, but Richard Jefferson did the heavy lifting on the offensive end with 28 points and the Nets' bench outscored that of the Raptors 29-26. It was a game of runs, but the Nets held a 13-point lead after three quarters. They then went cold, as Toronto closed to within two and had a chance to tie with 2:58 to go in the game. But Chris Bosh missed one of two free throws and the Nets answered with a 6-0 run, with Boki Nachbar scoring five of the six. The Raptors never had a chance to tie after that and the Nets took home-court advantage away with a five-point victory. Nachbar finished with 16 points and Antoine Wright was solid off the bench as well. Jason Kidd shot just 3-of-11 for eight points, but dished out 15 assists and grabbed 10 boards. The Nets outscored the Raptors 46-22 in the paint and got 20 points off of fast breaks.