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Nets Hang On to Win Preseason Finale

The Nets finished the preseason on a winning note, escaping with a 111-110 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Friday night. The Nets shot 60 percent from the field in the first half, led by as many as 18 in the third quarter and were up 21 with just over six minutes to go in the fourth. But the Knicks got hot down the stretch and had a chance for the win, but Jamal Crawford's shot from the corner fell short at the buzzer. Once again, the Nets did not defend the three point line well, with the Knicks going 16-28 from downtown, but New Jersey did shoot 52 percent for the game and hit 10-of-19 from downtown themselves. Vince Carter led six Nets in double figures with 20 points in 26 minutes, adding nine boards and three steals. Bobby Simmons added 16 points and eight boards, Devin Harris had 16 points and six assists, Brook Lopez contributed 14 points and four blocks, and Jarvis Hayes made his Nets debut with nine points and four boards off the bench.