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Second and Third Quarters Kill Nets in New York

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.