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Blowout Ends Nets' Six Year Long Playoff Run

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Whatever minimal hopes the Nets had for resurrecting their lost season died Friday night when the Raptors went from 14 down in the second period to 28 up at game's end. The loss eliminated the Nets from the playoff for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Although the Hawks beat the Knicks as well, Indiana won, giving them at least a mathmatical chance to catch up. It wasn't just the Nets' defense that failed them Friday. It was their whole game. The Raptors out-shot, out-rebounded and out-passed the Nets. Over the middle two periods, Toronto scored 65 points to the Nets' 37. Vince Carter scored 21 on 9 for 15 shooting and Devin Harris scored 19 on 7 for 16. He also added six rebounds and five assists. Eight players scored in double figures for the Raptors, led by sixth man Carlos Delfino who had 24 and Chris Bosh who finished with 21.