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Another Big Game from VC Leads Nets to Blow Out Over Knicks

The Nets moved back ahead of the Knicks in the standings with an easy win at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night. The Knicks led by three after the first quarter, but Vince Carter went on a personal 17-4 run to start the second and the Nets scored 70 points in the second and third quarters combined to take complete control of the game. The game was never close in the second half, with the Nets leading by as many as 27. The Nets only got to the line eight times, but shot 59 percent from the field. Carter led all scorers with 29 points on 11-16 shooting, while Brook Lopez added 23 points and a career-high eight assists. Keyon Dooling finished with 17 points and eight assists, while Chris Douglas-Roberts had the best game of his career, finishing with 14 points, seven assists and three steals. Carter has now made five three pointers in straight games and in that span, he's averaging 34.0 ppg. New York shot just 2-17 from three point range. The Nets remain 2 1/2 games behind Chicago for eighth place in the East.