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Nets Get Thumped By Rockets

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When the Pacers beat the Celtics on Monday, the Nets were finally eliminated from the playoffs. So, with their draft pick belonging to Utah, the Nets were officially playing a game that was meaningless to them for the first time. And it showed.

"I don’t know what happened," said Sasha Vujacic. "I don’t know what the purpose was of us playing like that. We tried, we wanted to win, obviously, but we’ve got to flush that one down the toilet."

The Houston Rockets, still fighting for the final playoff spot in the West, blew out the Nets at the Prudential Center on Tuesday. They used a 14-0 run in the first quarter to take control, led by as many as 26 points, and cruised to a 25-point victory to stay within two games of the Memphis Grizzlies for eighth place.

The Rockets shot 46 percent from the field and 11-for-23 from 3-point range, while outrebounding the Nets 56-42. Brook Lopez led all scorers with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Kris Humphries grabbed 13 rebounds and Jordan Farmar dished out seven assists.

Avery Johnson chose to start the second half with Ben Uzoh and Travis Outlaw, replacing Farmar and Vujacic.