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Nets Can't Stop Knicks

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The Nets either need to play more games in Europe, or more games against the Heat. A day earlier, the issue was offense. This time, it was defense. With the Knicks shooting 9-of-17 from downtown, the Nets gave up 67 points in the first half Monday night at the IZOD Center and trailed by nine at the break. They cut New York's lead down to three early in the third, but Stephon Marbury helped build it back up to as many as 19 late in the period. The Nets got it close again during garbage time, but New York held on for an eight-point win. Both teams shot 50 percent from the field for the game, but the difference was the three point line, where the Knicks shot 12-for-25 and the Nets shot 5-for-15. Devin Harris led the Nets with 21 points, while Brook Lopez added 19 points, nine boards and three blocks. Vince Carter played just 27 minutes and finished with 13 points.