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Second and Third Quarters Kill Nets in New York

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Two quarters of good basketball were not enough for the Nets at Madison Square Garden on Friday night, and they fell to 0-5 with a 93-89 loss at the hands of the Knicks. The Nets led by nine late in the first quarter, but Bobby Simmons shot the Knicks into the lead in the second, going 0-7 in the period, and New York led by eight at the half. They went up by as many as 19 in the third and survived a Nets run in the fourth. The Nets shot just 38% from the field, but the silver lining was the performances of Yi Jianlian and Terrence Williams, who combined for 42 points and 19 boards. The injury of the day was a strained neck for Chris Douglas-Roberts, who left late in the third quarter but vows not to miss any time going forward.