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Nets Hold Off Knicks Down the Stretch

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The Nets pulled back to within a game of the idle Bulls with a big win over the Knicks at the IZOD Center Sunday night. The game was tight throughout and the Knicks were up one with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but the Nets held New York scoreless until a meaningless David Lee putback with one second to go. In the meantime, the Nets scored eight unanswered points, with Brook Lopez and Devin Harris coming up with the big baskets, to even the season series at one game apiece. Harris led the Nets with 35 points and 10 assists, shooting 12-22 from the field and getting to the line 14 times. Vince Carter added 25 points and nine rebounds, while Lopez pitched in with 16 points and six boards. Both teams shot 50 percent from the field, but the Knicks turned the ball over 19 times and shot just 10-16 from the line. It was the eleventh time Carter and Harris have scored at least 25 points apiece in the same game. All of the other starting backcourts in the league have only done that a combined nine times, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The night was notable for other reasons as well: the Nets celebrated Chinese Culture with a halftime performance of the Peking Opera, a post-game concert and introductions in Chinese by a guest announcer. It also marked the first time that Marv Albert (YES) and his son, Kenny (MSG), had ever worked the same game.