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Nets Show Heart, But Can't Finish

The Nets lost their seventh straight game Thursday night in Oakland, but they showed more life in this one than they did in the previous six combined. The Warriors came out hot, scoring 31 points in the first quarter, but the Nets hung tough, took a brief lead late in the second, and surged ahead late in the third when the Hack-a-Boone strategy backfired on the Warriors. Golden State then went on a 22-0 run to take a 13-point lead with seven minutes to go, but the Nets didn't quit. They answered with a 20-4 run of their own to go up four with 1:23 left. They couldn't finish it off though, as the Warriors went on one last run, 6-0 with the Nets missing three threes, to go back up three. The Nets had a final chance to tie, but Vince Carter couldn't get a good shot off. Richard Jefferson led the Nets with 34 points and Carter added 29. Josh Boone pitched in 21 points and 17 rebounds, while Antoine Wright provided a lift off the bench with 13 points and nine boards. But the Nets just couldn't contain Monta Ellis, who scored a career-high 39 points. The Nets outrebounded the Warriors 60-40, but Golden State shot 51 percent from the field.