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Nets Come Up Empty in Houston

With the Nets coming in to Monday's game with a five-game losing streak and struggling offensively, and the Rockets coming in with an 18-game winning streak and playing terrific defense, this one had the potential to be very ugly. And that's just what it was. The Nets shot a putrid 9-for-43 in the first half, scoring a season-low 28 points, and trailed by 18 at the break. They made a small run in the third, but never got to within less than 14, and garbage time came early. For the game, the Nets shot 30 percent from the field and were 0-for-6 from downtown. Houston's 19 straight wins ties the third best streak of all time.