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Nets Have No Problem With Knicks

The Nets ended their nine-game road losing streak and avoided a season sweep by the Knicks with a comfortable win at Madison Square Garden Monday night. Richard Jefferson carried his team in the first half, scoring 21 points on 7-of-9 from the field, as the Nets built an 11-point lead going into the break. Nenad Krstic and Vince Carter took over in the third and they led by as many as 26. The Knicks cut it down to 12 midway through the fourth, but that was as close as they got. The Nets shot 54 percent from the field and 10-for-17 from downtown, but they were careless with the ball, committing 18 turnovers. Carter led all scorers with 27 points, adding six boards and seven assists. Jefferson finished with 26 and Krstic had a season-high 22 on 9-of-15 from the floor. Shortly after the game ended, ESPN reported that Donnie Walsh, recently retired Pacer GM, would be taking Isiah Thomas' job as Knicks president ... leading to speculation that Nets announcer Mark Jackson would replace Thomas as coach and that Walsh could try to lure Kiki Vandeweghe as his GM.