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Game 61 - Nets vs. Magic - Friday, November 5, 8:00

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The last time Vince Carter was at the IZOD, it was the Nets home opener, hopes were (moderately) high and Lawrence Frank was head coach.  My how things have changed.  It will be the last time VC will take the court at the old arena where he became the Nets second leading scorer and the only Net to ever score 2,000 points in a season.  The Magic remain championship contenders but six games behind the Cavaliers in the race for homecourt advantage.  Carter has had an up-and-down season, with occasional explosions and even more regular fades.  For the Nets, there's renewed hope that the two swingmen acquired the same day he was traded--Courtney Lee and Terrence Williams--are finally coming into their own.

Meanwhile, Dwight Howard has been busy dissing Brook Lopez, saying among other things:

"He's a big body. The thing with him is you have to move him, run him, beat him up and down the floor and be aggressive. By doing all that stuff on the offensive end and pressuring him on the defensive end usually he gets tired a little bit faster than a lot of people. So, you take advantage of that."