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Nets Fall To Sixers In New Jersey Finale, 105-87

The New Jersey Nets played their final game in the Garden State Monday before their move to Brooklyn and it went down about the only way that would be appropriate. Sure, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Nets, 105-87, to clinch a playoff spot but it was still the home team that took center stage.

Playing with just 10 healthy players, Avery Johnson's crew couldn't match the energy of the first true sold out crowd of the season. In what had to be an odd feeling for the Nets, the fans in the stands weren't there to cheer for the road team and tried to push New Jersey to one final victory.

Smelling the chance at the playoffs, however, the Sixers took the bull by the horns right from the first minutes. Philadelphia built a 15 point lead in the second quarter and took a 10 point lead into halftime. The Nets did their best to mount a comeback, fight all the way back to within one point late in the third quarter before the Sixers took back control.

Deron Williams missed his fourth straight game with a calf injury and may not play again this season for the Nets. Rookie MarShon Brooks had a game-high 18 points while Kris Humphries added another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The stars of the evening were the Nets players of the past that the franchise honored throughout the game. There were video messages from familiar names of the past like Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Brian Scalabrine and Byron Scott along with a halftime ceremony to honor the 2001-02 NBA Finals squad. Kerry Kittles and Brian Todd MacCulloch presented the 2002 and 2003 Eastern Conference championship trophies to the crowd.

Now that their final game in New Jersey is behind them, the Nets have just one more game before officially moving the franchise to Brooklyn. That game will come Thursday night on the road against the Toronto Raptors.




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Knicks Vs. Nets: Big Night From 'Melo Powers New York To 104-95 Win

Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points on Wednesday night as the New York Knicks beat the New Jersey Nets by a final score of 104-95. The win keeps them in the seventh spot in the NBA Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Anthony scored 21 of his 33 points in the opening quarter, giving the Knicks a 38-22 lead after the first period. It was the third game in a row that Anthony topped the 30-point mark and the sixth time in his last nine games to break that barrier. This without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin.

Deron Williams was out again for the Nets, still dealing with a sore calf. Gerald Wallace led New Jersey with 21 points. Sundiata Gaines had 18 points, and Kris Humphries had 15 rebounds on the night.

Three of the Knicks last four games are on the road, starting Friday in Cleveland. The Nets have three games left, starting Saturday in Milwaukee. They play their last game in New Jersey on Monday, April 23, before moving to Brooklyn next season.

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Final - 4.18.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New York Knicks 38 26 14 26 104
New Jersey Nets 22 25 24 24 95

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Nets Vs. Heat Final Score: New Jersey Falls As Miami Completes Big 4th-Quarter Rally

The New Jersey Nets led for the better part of four quarters over the Miami Heat on Monday night, but LeBron James was simply too good late in the game. He scored Miami's final 17 points, helping the Heat overcome a 96-87 deficit with 2:18 to play to give Miami a 101-98 victory.

The Nets held a three-point lead at halftime and led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter. New Jersey held Miami without a point for a nearly three-minute stretch as the Nets built their lead with strong play from Kris Humphries and Gerald Green in particular.

Humphries finished with a team-high 29 points and eight rebounds, while Green added 15 points all in the second half. MarShon Brooks pitched in 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists, but ultimately it wasn't quite enough for the Nets, who were without Deron Williams.

James finished with 37 points, while Chris Bosh added 22 points and 15 rebounds. Miami was without Dwyane Wade, and no other Miami player finished in double-digits scoring.


Final - 4.16.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Miami Heat 29 23 18 31 101
New Jersey Nets 34 21 24 19 98

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NBA Standings 2012: New Jersey Nets And The Draft Lottery

Although the New Jersey Nets are 22-39 on the season and have been eliminated from playoff contention for a while, the five games left on their schedule could still have serious NBA Draft Lottery implications.

As it stands, the Nets are the seventh-worst team in the NBA, but only half a game up on Toronto and Cleveland, and one game behind Detroit and Golden State. The Nets could conceivably finish anywhere from the fifth-worst team to the 10th-worst – a difference between a 20 percent chance at a top-three pick and a four percent chance.

If the Nets don't draft in the top three, the Portland Trail Blazers will receive their first-rounder, from the Gerald Wallace trade.

The Nets also have interest-in the Western Conference standings, because if the Rockets miss the playoffs, New Jersey will receive their first round pick.

Best case scenario, the Nets could have two picks in the top 14, including a top-three pick.

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Nets Vs. Celtics: New Jersey Comes Up Short In Second Half Loss To Boston, 94-82

New Jersey's slow start in the second half leads to another home loss.

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Nets Vs. Cavaliers Final Score: New Jersey Hangs On For 122-117 Overtime Victory

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Antwan Jamison scored a game-high 34 points, but New Jersey Nets forward Gerald Green nearly matched him with 32. The effort was good enough to help the Nets pull out a slim 122-117 overtime victory Sunday at the Prudential Center. The results made New Jersey winners of six of its last nine games, while Cleveland is 1-11 in its last 12 games.

In overtime, the Nets used a small 6-0 run to push a 113-112 lead to 119-112 with 1:49 to play. The spark would be enough to hang. Anthony Morrow scored 24 points, while Kris Humphries added 16 and 11 rebounds.

Lester Hudson netted 26 points for the Cavaliers, who went 12-for-24 from behind the 3-point arc. Alonzo Gee tallied 22 points and collected 11 rebounds.

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Nets Vs. Cavaliers: New Jersey, Deron Williams Hopes To Continue Winning Ways

Despite having little or no shot at a playoff berth, the New Jersey Nets have been still playing hard and winning basketball games. The Nets will try to keep that trend going Sunday, when they host the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers at the Prudential Center (6 p.m. ET on YES Network).

The Nets (20-37) are winners of five of their last eight contests, and will face an opponent that will be missing their best player, rookie guard Kyrie Irving, and are 1-9 in their last 10 games.

On Friday, New Jersey downed another NBA cellar-dweller in the Washington Wizards 110-98. Battling the flu, point guard Deron Williams tallied 19 points and 13 assists. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 84-80 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Overall, the season series favors the Cavs' 2-1.

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Nets Vs. Wizards Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The New Jersey Nets return home on Friday, as they host the Washington Wizards at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. This contest will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET on the YES Network and will be the rubber match of this three-game, season-series which is tied at one game apiece.

The Nets return home after a lengthy West Coast road trip that ended with a 100-88 loss to the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday. New Jersey shot just 33-percent from the floor, as it was missing its best player in point guard Deron Willaims, who was a late scratch due to a stomach flu. The hope is Williams can return for Friday's contest.

Meanwhile, the Wizards have lost nine of their last 10 games, including four straight. That lone victory came against the Nets in an impressive 108-89 performance.

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Nets 111, Kings 99: Win Streak Reaches Three

Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Anthony Morrow connected on six three- pointers en route to 24 points and the Nets took down the Kings 111-99 at Power Balance Pavilion on Saturday.

Deron Williams poured in 19 points and handed out 15 assists, Gerald Wallace netted 18 points and Kris Humphries recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who secured their season-high third straight victory.

"We're playing better defensively, which is helping us on offense," said Williams after the win. "We're giving a good team effort. It's different guys stepping up. We're just getting great, great team efforts night in and night out."

Tyreke Evans led the Kings with 23 points after missing Friday's victory due to back spasms. Jason Thompson scored 10 points and grabbed 10 boards, while DeMarcus Cousins finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Sacramento has dropped five of its last six contests.

"Having that energy, that's the one thing that everyone in the NBA is fighting this year, is how to maintain energy throughout the course of a game," remarked Kings head coach Keith Smart. "Our team has done a good job with it. Maybe we were a little tired, but that's happened to everyone."

Thornton sparked a 10-2 run with a three-pointer just past the midway point of the first quarter to give the Kings a 25-16 advantage but two triples from Morrow helped the Nets pull within 35-31 heading into the second.

Wallace scored the first four points of the second to tie the game at 35 and Humphries tallied the final seven of the quarter for the Nets, as they held a 59-56 edge at halftime.

The Kings scored just one field goal over the first five minutes of the third, allowing the Nets to extend their advantage to 74-60 with 7:16 left in the stanza after a dunk from Johan Petro.

Sacramento pulled within seven after an 8-3 surge, but a 12-4 spurt from the visitors restored their lead to double digits and the Nets led 91-76 heading into the final frame.

New Jersey held a 102-83 advantage with 6:51 left in the fourth, but the home team did not go quietly, ripping off 12 straight points to trim the margin to seven with just under four minutes to go in the game.

But Williams responded with four straight points around a Terrence Williams missed three, pressing the lead back to double digits with 2:37 on the clock.

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New Jersey had dropped 11 of 12 and 13 of its last 15 trips to Sacramento entering Saturday's contest...The Nets are 2-0 on their four-game road trip, which continues in Los Angeles with the Lakers on Tuesday...Sacramento will host Minnesota on Monday...The Kings finished 3-of-17 from three-point range, while the Nets connected on 10-of-28 from beyond the arc.

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Nets Vs. Kings Preview: Game Time, TV, Radio And More

The New Jersey Nets will attempt to pick up their first three-game winning streak of the season Saturday night when they take on the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion. It will be the Nets second of four games on their current West Coast swing.

Avery Johnson's crew kicked off their road trip Friday night with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Golden State Warriors. The two Geralds -- Wallace and Green -- combined for 44 points and Deron Williams handed out 20 assists as New Jersey climbed out of a 19 point fourth quarter deficit.

The Kings, like the Nets, are looking towards June's draft and had lost four straight before squeaking past the Utah Jazz, 104-103, Friday night. Volatile DeMarcus Cousins carried Sacramento with 27 points and 14 rebounds and will look for another big game against a thin New Jersey front line.

You can watch the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 10:00 p.m.

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Nets 102, Warriors 100: Deron Williams Hands Out 20 Assists

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Gerald Green delivered the go-ahead basket in the final minute and Deron Williams helped the Nets rally from a 19-point third quarter deficit to post a 102-100 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Williams had 20 assists, one off a career-high, as New Jersey erased a 14- point hole early in the fourth to post back-to-back victories for the first time since March 7-9.

"Our guys just persevered. We fought. Nobody really panicked," Nets coach Avery Johnson said.

Gerald Wallace totaled 24 points, 18 rebounds and six steals, and his lone block of the night came on Charles Jenkins in the waning seconds to help the Nets end a six-game road skid against the Warriors.

Kris Humphries and Green each totaled 20 points for the Nets.

David Lee posted 27 points, while Jenkins had 18 points and a career-best 12 assists for Golden State, which lost its fourth in a row.

"They outplayed us and we took our foot off the gas pedal," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "We didn't close them when we had them and it came back to bite us."

A pull-up jumper from Jenkins expanded Golden State's lead to 98-94 with 2:43 left, but Williams nailed a three-ball at the other end.

After Klay Thompson missed a three from the right wing, Humphries tied it by going 1-of-2 at the foul line with two minutes left, but Lee's turnaround hook shot from the left baseline provided Golden State with a 100-98 lead.

Green then dribbled along the left baseline and surged in for a thunderous dunk, and Lee lost the ball at the other end when Humphries got a hand on the ball in the lane. That led to Green's go-ahead shot, a runner in the lane off a dribble-drive feed from Williams.

Williams came up with a block of Brandon Rush with half a minute left, but the veteran point guard turned the ball over back to the Warriors with 8.7 seconds left on an errant pass out of bounds.

Jenkins drove into the lane, but his turnaround shot from left of the basket was stuffed by Wallace's left hand as time ticked away.

Golden State held a decisive advantage in the first half, leading by four after one quarter and 51-42 at halftime. Lee scored 22 in the opening 24 minutes.

Jeremy Tyler scored 10 in the third, a period in which Golden State went 13- of-19 from the field. The difference was 76-57 following Thompson's three with 4:35 left, and it was 90-76 with 9:33 remaining prior to the collapse for Jackson's team.

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New Jersey has won three straight over the Warriors after losing the previous six in the series...New Jersey held a 44-32 rebounding edge and converted 17 turnovers into 28 points.

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Jazz 105, Nets 84: New Jersey Sputters In Loss To Utah

The Utah Jazz were coming off a quadruple overtime loss just 24 hours prior and playing on the road. Monday night, they looked like the more energized team as the New Jersey Nets couldn't figure anything out on the offensive end. The Nets lost 105-84 for their eighth time in 10 games.

New Jersey shot just 35.8 percent from the floor and never led after a taking brief lead in the closing seconds of the first quarter. The Nets made just 29 field goals to 45 for the Jazz. New Jersey had a chance to make up the difference with free throw shooting, but made just 21 of 35 attempts while Utah went 16-for-18 from the charity stripe.

Deron Williams went just 7-for-21 from the floor on his way to 17 points. Gerald Green had a nice night to lead the team with 20 points, 12 of which came on 3-pointers, but his efforts weren't enough to fully pick up the slack elsewhere. Not including Green, the Nets went 1-for-13 from beyond the arc (1-for-7 for Williams).

The Jazz, meanwhile, shot 51.9 percent from the floor thanks to solid performances from their big men. Paul Millsap had 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting and 13 rebounds. Al Jefferson added 19 points on 9-for-14 from the floor and eight rebounds. Former Nets points guard Devin Harris picked up 11 assists, falling just one point shy of his second straight double-double.


Final - 3.26.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Utah Jazz 15 34 23 33 105
New Jersey Nets 17 15 33 19 84

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Nets Vs. Jazz Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The New Jersey Nets will welcome Devin Harris and Derrick Favors back to the Prudential Center for the first time since they were traded last year when the Utah Jazz visit on Monday night.

Harris and Favors -- unlike the Nets -- are in the middle of the playoff run and will be looking for a much needed victory in New Jersey after a 139-133 setback to the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night. If losing wasn't bad enough, it took them four overtimes, which forced their starters to play a total of 265 minutes and 37 seconds.

The Nets should be able to take advantage of the tired legs thanks to a day off after an easy 102-89 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats Sunday. All five New Jersey starters scored in double figures, led by Kris Humphries, who scored 20 points to go along with 16 rebounds.

Humphries will face a stout Utah front line, headlined by Al Jefferson (9.4 rebounds per game) and Paul Millsap (8.9). The forwards combined for 30 boards against the Hawks.

Utah downed New Jersey, 107-94, when the teams met on Jan. 14.

You can watch the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

After another day off, the Nets will take on the Indiana Pacers Wednesday night at The Rock.




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Nets Vs. Bobcats Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Two of the worst teams in the NBA face off Saturday night at The Prudential Center in Newark when the New Jersey Nets host the Charlotte Bobcats. The Nets have lost five straight and seven of eight while the Bobcats are losers of two in a row along with seven of nine.

New Jersey fell to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, 93-84, after building an 11 point lead entering the fourth quarter. Deron Williams, fresh off an ejection just two days earlier, paced the Nets with 20 points and eight assists, while Kris Humphries chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds.

Charlotte lost to the Milwaukee Bucks at home Friday night, 112-92, to preserve their spot at the bottom of the NBA standings. Gerald Henderson exploded for 29 points against Milwaukee to lead the Bobcats. Derrick Brown and Kemba Walker both had 13 off the bench.

The Nets have already beaten the Bobcats three times this season and have a chance for the four-game sweep.

You can see the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.



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Nets Vs. Hawks Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The New Jersey Nets will attempt to stop a four-game losing streak that ended their slim playoff hopes when they travel to take on the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night at Philips Arena.

Things hit a tipping point for Avery Johnson and Deron Williams Wednesday against the Washington Wizards. Both were ejected in the 108-89 loss after Williams was once again abused going to the rim without getting a call. The point guard scored a team-high 17 points before his early exit while Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Anthony Morrow each added 13.

While the playoffs are out of the picture for the Nets, things are very different for the Hawks, currently holding down the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta has won three of four, including a 103-102 overtime victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday. Josh Smith powered the Hawks in the win, scoring 32 points and pulling down 17 rebounds while logging 51 minutes.

New Jersey could be without Jordan Farmar as he nurses a groin injury and Shelden Williams has a sore shoulder but has yet to miss a game (the only Net able to make that claim this season).

You can watch the game on YES or listen on Bloomberg 1130 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.




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Nets Vs. Wizards Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The New Jersey Nets hope to end a three-game losing streak Wednesday night when they take on the Washington Wizards at the Prudential Center in Newark. Things aren't going much better for the Wizards, losers of two in a row and five of six.

Last time out the Nets fell just short against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-100. Deron Williams, frustrated by the officials all night, led the Nets with 28 points, while the recently acquired Gerald Wallace added 27 points and 12 rebounds.

After getting a close look at rookie sensation Kyrie Irving on Monday, the Nets get to face another young, exciting point guard in Washington's John Wall. He is averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 assists per game and is fresh off a 25-point performance against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.

The Nets will also get a look at Nene, a player they went after hard in free agency this past summer. This will be the big man's first game with the Wizards since being traded by the Denver Nuggets at the deadline.

You can see the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.




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Nets Vs. Cavaliers Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The New Jersey Nets have a chance to pick up a game on one of the five teams they are chasing for that elusive final playoff spot Monday night when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Prudential Center in Newark. Sitting seven games back in the loss column paints a bleak pictures for the Nets, but the team still believes they can make a run and that will need to start with the Cavs.

Last time out against the struggling New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey couldn't close the deal. After leading most of the game, the Nets fell apart in the fourth quarter, scoring just 12 points. Deron Williams and Anthony Morrow led the Nets with 20 points off the bench, while the emerging Gerald Green added 16 off the bench.

Cleveland is led by soon-to-be Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, who will try to stop a three game Cavaliers skid, including a tough 103-87 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.

Avery Johnson will be without the services of Jordan Farmar, meaning D-League call-up Jerry Smith could see upwards of 15 minutes in a backup roll previously held by Sundiata Gaines. Recently acquired Gerald Wallace also should play a bigger role now that he has had a few days to learn the New Jersey offense.

You can watch the game locally on YES or listen on Bloomberg 1130 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Nets will wrap up their short three-game home stand Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.




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Nets Vs. Hornets: Deron Williams Returns For New Jersey

For the first time all season, the New Jersey Nets will take the floor without the drama of the Dwight Howard situation hanging over their heads. With the Magic star staying in Orlando at least through the end of this season, the Nets will shift their focus to what they believe can be a push for the playoffs.

If the Nets are going to be serious about making a move in the standings, it starts Saturday night against the struggling New Orleans Hornets at the Prudential Center in Newark. That kicks off a stretch of six out of seven games at home with all being winnable for Avery Johnson's squad.

New Jersey also gets the benefit of a nearly full roster of players. Brook Lopez is still out with an ankle injury, but injured point guard Deron Williams and Jordan Farmar will return to the court. The Nets also will debut a new starting small forward in former All-Star Gerald Wallace, acquired in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers before the deadline.

The Hornets, meanwhile, will be playing without the services of Eric Gordon, Carl Landry and Emeka Okafor. They have also dropped three straight and 11 of 14.

You can watch the game locally on YES or list on WFAN 660 with tip schedule for 8:00 p.m.

After a day off to practice for the first time with Wallace, the Nets will be back on the court Monday in Newark against the Cleveland Cavaliers.




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Nets Vs. Magic Preview: Dwight Howard Still With Magic As Nets Visit Orlando

In an ironical twist, the New Jersey Nets meet the Orlando Magic Friday night at 7 p.m., just one day after the trade deadline came and went without a Dwight Howard deal.

The Nets reportedly tried to land Howard many times, but settled for acquiring Gerald Wallace at the deadline after Orlando's superstar center waived his opt-out option for next season. The Nets have now turned to 'Plan B,' which likely amounts to trying to surround Deron Williams with as much talent as possible in an attempt to keep Williams.

New Jersey beat Toronto on Wednesday behind 26 points from Gerald Green, who initially signed a 10-day contract with the Nets but has been playing like someone who plans to stay awhile.

Orlando lost 122-111 to San Antonio on Wednesday despite 25 points from Jameer Nelson.



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Nets Vs. Raptors: Deron Williams Still Out For New Jersey

The New Jersey Nets will attempt to put the brakes on a two-game slide when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to the Prudential Center Wednesday night. The Raptors are one game ahead of the Nets in the loss column and are vying for that eighth playoff spot.

Nets head coach Avery Johnson will once again try to piece things together on offense without star Deron Williams. The point guard is hampered by a calf strain and will miss his third straight game. Johnson will likely continue to lean on Kris Humphries, who put up a career-high 31 points in a 105-99 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

Look for athletic small forward Gerald Green's role to expand as well. In addition to his amazing dunk against the Houston Rockets, Green has shown the ability to score anywhere on the court, something the Nets haven't had from the wing in quite some time.

The Raptors have won five of the last 10, including a 96-88 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night. Andrea Bargnani is back for Toronto after missing 20 games, but may be without Jose Calderon, who is day-to-day with an ankle injury.

You can watch the game locally on YES or hear it on WFAN with tip schedule for 7:30 p.m.

The next big day on the Nets schedule is the trade deadline Thursday. All eyes will be on Dwight Howard and then no matter what happens they will stay on the Orlando Magic as they take on the Nets Friday night.




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Bucks 105, Nets 99: New Jersey Loses 2nd Straight Without Deron Williams

The New Jersey Nets lost their second straight game without Deron Williams, who sat out again with a strained calf. New Jersey fell 105-99 to the Milwaukee Bucks without their top playmaker, putting them another game back from a team they need to catch if they hope to make the playoffs this season.

The Bucks won their third straight game to maintain position with the New York Knicks for the final Eastern Conference slot in the NBA Playoffs. Brandon Jennings had 34 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two blocks to lead the way. Milwaukee trailed by as many as 11 points late in third quarter, but scored nine straight in a 1:39 span to take a 74-72 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee took the lead on a Jennings 3-pointer with just under 11 minutes to play and never gave it back. Kris Humphries had a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds, but couldn't alleviate a 4-for-17 team performance from beyond the 3-point arc. Jordan Farmar added 17 points and seven assists in the loss.


Final - 3.12.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Milwaukee Bucks 27 20 26 32 105
New Jersey Nets 32 22 19 26 99

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Nets Vs. Bucks: Deron Williams Out Again For New Jersey

The New Jersey Nets continue their improbable search for a playoff spot against one of the teams they are chasing, the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night at the Prudential Center. The Nets will once again be without Deron Williams, who is hampered by a strained calf.

Even without their leader, the Nets nearly took out the Houston Rockets on Saturday. Playing on his second 10-day contract, Gerald Green led New Jersey with 26 points along with a dunk of the year candidate. He did, however, also inadvertently tip the go-ahead basket for the Rockets in the 112-106 loss. MarShon Brooks added 23 points and seven assists, while Jordan Farmar had 18.

Milwaukee is fighting with the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final playoff spot and have won three of four, including their last two. On Sunday night they took out the Toronto Raptors,105-99. Ersan Ilyasova had a monster 31 point, 12 rebound performance, something the Nets have seen before. The forward dropped 29 on New Jersey back on Feb. 19.

You can watch the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Nets will wrap up their short three-game homestand Wednesday against the Raptors, another team with dwindling hopes of grabbing a spot in the playoffs.




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Rockets 112, Nets 106: Short-handed Nets Fall To Houston

Playing without stars Deron Williams (calf) and Brook Lopez (ankle) the New Jersey Nets gave the Houston Rockets a run for their money Saturday night at the Prudential Center in East Rutherford, N.J. In the end, however, the Nets fell short, losing to Houston, 112-106, in NBA action.

A Shelden Williams layup gave New Jersey a 106-105 lead with 2:07 to play, but the Nets never scored again. New Jersey is 14-28 on the season, while Houston is 22-19.

"Our guys really played hard," said Nets coach Avery Johnson. "To get six guys in double figures and shoot 53 percent from the field, that’s good. It’s just that our defense wasn’t very good."

New Jersey got a career-high 26 points from Gerald Green and 23 from rookie Marshon Brooks in the loss. Green, on his second 10-day contract, had a spectacular windmill dunk off an alley-oop to highlight his night.

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The Nets are back in action Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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New Jersey Nets Take On Houston Rockets Without Deron Williams

The New Jersey Nets will look to win three in a row for the first time this season when they welcome the Houston Rockets to the Prudential Center Saturday night. In order to grab that winning streak, New Jersey will have to do it without Deron Williams.

The point guard will sit out with a calf strain he aggravated Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats. Without Williams, the Nets were still able to rally past the lowly Bobcats picking up their second victory over them in the last week, 83-74. Kris Humphries helped pick up the slack with 20 points and 15 rebounds while Anthony Morrow poured in all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter.

Houston comes to town riding a season-worst five game losing streak, but with two days off they are well rested. The Rockets lost 116-98 to the Toronto Raptors Wednesday and were led by rookie Chandler Parson's 19 points and point guard Kyle Lowry continued his impressive season with 16 points.

New Jersey isn't likely to see much of former Net Terrence Williams. The reserve forward played 11 minutes against the Raptors, but have plenty of "DNP-CD"s on his resume this season thanks to the poor work ethic he showed off during his time in New Jersey.

If the Nets can overcome the loss of Williams -- not to mention the latest Brook Lopez injury -- they can continue an improbable push for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Entering action Saturday, New Jersey finds themselves just five games out in the loss column.

You can watch the game locally on YES or hear it on Bloomberg 1130 with tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

After a day off, the Nets return to action Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks at The Rock.




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Nets Back In Charlotte To Face The Bobcats

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Nets try to make it two straight wins this evening at Time Warner Cable Arena when they play the Charlotte Bobcats for the second time a week.

Following an ugly loss to Miami on Tuesday, the Nets rebounded nicely on Wednesday, as Jordan Farmar's three-pointer with less than a second remaining lifted New Jersey to a thrilling 101-100 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I would have been hurt if it went out," Farmar said. "I just wanted to make the shot, it was such a close game."

Farmar finished with 16 points while Williams had 21 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Nets, who have won two of the last three and are 5-5 over their last 10.

"We were just trying to make it hard for Blake Griffin to make his moves," Williams said. "A lot of people back out of the way because he's a highlight reel. I try to stay between him and the basket."

The Nets, who return home for three games after tonight's tilt, are 9-14 away from home this season.

Charlotte, meanwhile, enters tonight's tilt having dropped six of its last seven following a 99-93 loss to Utah on Wednesday.

The Bobcats led by Corey Maggette's 25 points. Kemba Walker added 19 points and fellow reserve Byron Mullens netted 16 in defeat.

On Tuesday, the Bobcats rallied from 20 down to beat the Magic for just their fifth win of the season. A second straight comeback was not in the cards, as they trailed by double digits through most of the fourth quarter and scored the last seven points to make the score appear closer than it really was.

"We're turning things around," said Mullens, putting a positive spin on the loss. "Instead of losing by 30 or 40 points a game, we're losing by three or six...We'll get there."

New Jersey has beaten the Bobcats twice this season, including a 104-101 victory over them on Sunday. The Nets have also won five of seven in Charlotte.




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Heat 108, Nets 78: New Jersey No Match For Miami

The New Jersey Nets headed south to visit the Miami Heat Tuesday night, but they were never able to keep it close in a 108-78 loss.

New Jersey (12-27) shot just 37.3 percent from the floor and allowed Miami (29-9) to make 58.4 percent of their field goal attempts one game after losing center Brook Lopez for three weeks due to a sprained right ankle. Dwayne Wade also tweaked his right ankle late in the first half Tuesday night, though he is not expected to miss any games. As a precaution, Wade sat out the second half. He finished with 13 points. LeBron James led all scorers with 21 points, while Chris Bosh added 20 in his first game back with the Heat after missing their last three games following the death of his grandfather.

For the Nets, Deron Williams led the way with 16 points and four assists, while MarShon Brooks added 12 points and Johan Petro scored 11.

New Jersey returns home Wednesday night, but their schedule doesn't get any easier as the Los Angeles Clippers (22-14) come to town.


Final - 3.6.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 17 20 19 22 78
Miami Heat 30 34 24 20 108

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New Jersey Nets Finish Road Trip In South Beach Vs. Miami Heat

The New Jersey Nets will attempt to complete just their second winning road trip of the season when they take on the Miami Heat Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena. They'll have to do it with a roster once again depleted by injuries while the Heat will be at full strength.

After getting center Brook Lopez back for five games, the Nets lost him to an ankle injury suffered early in Sunday's victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. They will also still be without Mehmet Okur, leaving Johan Petro as the only healthy center on the roster.

The Nets will once again need to lean on point guard Deron Williams on offense. The All Star poured in a career-high 57 points against the Bobcats -- a franchise record -- a performance that might need to be repeated if New Jersey is going to take out the mighty Miami Heat.

Williams hit on 16-of-29 shots and an amazing 21-of-21 from the charity stripe. The only other Nets players to finish in double figures were Kris Humphries (11) and Shelden Williams (10).

Chris Bosh returns for the Heat after missing three games following the death of his grandmother. Miami lost two in a row while Bosh was away and will be looking to play more like they did during their recent nine-game winning streak.

The Heat continue to be led by MVP candidate LeBron James, who is averaging an eye-popping 27.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists. His line against New Jersey in a Jan. 7 101-90 victory was equally impressive: 32 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

New Jersey has dropped eight straight against the defending Eastern Conference champions.

You can watch the game locally on YES or listen on AM 970 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Deron Williams Scores Franchise Record 57 Points In Win Over Charlotte Bobcats

After the New Jersey Nets fell to the Boston Celtics on Friday, there was a lot of chatter about point guard Deron Williams needing to shoot the ball more in Avery Johnson's offense. That's exactly what happened Sunday night as Williams exploded for a franchise record 57 points to lead the Nets to a 104-101 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

In addition to a team record, Williams' effort was also the best of his career and the most any player has scored in a single game this season. The All Star did more than just score. Williams also handed out seven assists and pulled down six rebounds.

The Nets previous franchise record for points in a game was 52, held by both Mike Newlin and Ray Williams. The only other New Jersey players to score in double digits against Charlotte were Kris Humphries with 11 and Shelden Williams off the bench with 10.

This game wasn't all about Williams though. New Jersey got a scare when center Brook Lopez went down with an ankle injury early in the second half and didn't return to the game. The team officially called it a rolled ankle, but there has to be a concern about a setback with his broken foot that cost him most of the season.

Johnson told reporters after the game Lopez had X-rays and when asked if they were negative, only said "he's going to get re-evaluated tomorrow". The coach said he would talk with GM Billy King about the next step, either sending Lopez back to New Jersey or taking him on the trip to Miami.

After the game, Williams said he was not only excited about setting the record for points, but just to get another win.

"Coach told us we would have off tomorrow if we won, so I wanted to try to win. I have an 11:39 tee time," Williams said on the court after the game.

The day off for New Jersey will keep the team fresh for Tuesday night's game against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in South Beach.


Final - 3.4.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 22 23 28 31 104
Charlotte Bobcats 25 28 19 29 101

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New Jersey Nets Take On Lowly Charlotte Bobcats

The New Jersey Nets haven't entered many games as the heavy favorites, but that's exactly what they are facing Sunday night against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena. The Nets struggled for most of the season, but have played better basketball of late winning three of their last six and have gotten center Brook Lopez back from injury while the Bobcats are a league-worst 4-30, including a terrible 2-12 at home.

One of the major reasons for the Nets turnaround is their new found health. Head coach Avery Johnson has rarely had more than nine or 10 players available to him, but against the Bobcats will have 12, including center Brook Lopez in his fifth game back from a broken foot and backup point guard Jordan Farmar who has missed four straight.

Last time out New Jersey fell short against the Boston Celtics on the road, 107-94. Lopez led the Nets with 28 points while rookie MarShon Brooks, Anthony Morrow and newcomer Gerald Green all added 11. Green has been particularly impressive in his two games with New Jersey after a promotion from the D-League.

Charlotte has lost seven straight at home and four overall, including a 102-72 beatdown by the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. Corey Maggette and Boris Diaw both scored 14 for the owner of the league's worst offense.

In their first meeting on Jan. 22, a shorthanded Nets squad took out the Bobcats, 97-87.

You can watch the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

After another day off, the Nets will wrap up their five-game road trip against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.




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Nets Vs. Celtics: New Jersey Blown Out By Boston Celtics, 107-94

Despite 28 points from Brook Lopez, the New Jersey Nets fell behind early and never came close in a 107-94 loss to the Boston Celtics Friday night at the TD Garden.

Boston took an 18-point lead in the half -- behind four starters scoring in double-figures -- and never looked back. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 27 points, while Rajon Rondo contributed 14 points, 13 assists and five steals.

The Nets' starting backcourt of Deron Williams and MarShon Brooks, meanwhile, turned the ball over nine times. Williams took just nine field goals, scoring 12 points. Gerald Green, however, made some noise off the bench with 11 points against his former team and two ferocious dunks.


Final - 3.2.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 20 20 31 23 94
Boston Celtics 29 29 29 20 107

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Nets Road Trip Continues In Boston Vs. Celtics

The New Jersey Nets are nearly back to full strength and playing some of their best basketball of the season as they continue a four-game road trip Friday night against the Boston Celtics. Avery Johnson's crew has won three of their last five, while the Celtics have lost seven of 10 and are attracting plenty of negative attention.

The source of that attention? Word that everyone from Rajon Rondo to Keven Garnett to Paul Pierce can be had in a trade while Boston struggles to stay in the playoff race. That's right, the Nets get to take on a team that has to answer more trade questions than they do.

Even though the Dwight Howard chatter has never gone away, the Nets haven't been hurt by it lately. Though it's a lot easier to push that sort of stuff to the side when you get your starting center back, something New Jersey did just before the All Star break. Brook Lopez hit the floor for the first time all season on Feb. 19 and quickly found his way as he dropped 38 points on the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.

Deron Williams and rookie MarShon Brooks should be the main beneficiaries from Lopez's return. The two guards have had to carry the load offensively and try to fight through the double (and triple) teams that come along with that burden. Now they will both see more open looks on the perimeter as teams start to putting the focus back on Lopez.

New Jersey should be well rested considering they have only played once in the second half and have had two days off since that game. They will also get another day of rest Saturday before returning to action Sunday.

You can watch the game locally on YES or listen on Bloomberg 1130.

Next up for the Nets is a showdown with the lowly Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday.




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Brook Lopez Powers Nets Past Mavs, 93-92

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) - Brook Lopez scored a season-high 38 points and made the eventual game-winning free throw on Tuesday, leading the Nets to a 93-92 victory over the Mavericks.

Jason Kidd's three-pointer gave Dallas a 92-91 lead with 48 seconds left, but Lopez, in just his third game back from a broken foot, drew a foul and made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 42 seconds to play.

Kidd missed two three-pointers the rest of the way, as the Mavericks fell for the third time in four games. Dirk Nowitzki had a team-high 24 points in the loss.

Anthony Morrow scored 15 points for the Nets, who had lost 12 of 15 coming in. Deron Williams added 12 points and 12 assists and Kris Humphries had 10 points and 15 rebounds.

"He carried us from the start of the game," Williams said of Lopez. "I've said it all season, once we get him back we become a different team and you saw that a lot tonight."

The Mavericks didn't take their first lead until late in the third quarter, when Jason Terry knocked down a three-pointer to make it 71-69.

The Nets, though, held a 79-76 advantage after three and were on top 89-79 with 5:22 to play after opening the fourth with a 10-3 run.

Dallas responded, scoring eight straight to pull within two, 89-87, on Shawn Marion's offensive rebound and bank shot with two minutes remaining.

Morrow responded on the other end with a 16-footer, but Terry countered with a driving layup and Kidd knocked down a three-pointer off a Humphries' turnover for a 92-91 lead.

Lopez then drew a foul on Brendan Haywood and gave New Jersey the decisive lead from the line.

Kidd had two chances to put Dallas on top.

First, he was short on an open three-pointer off a Nowitzki feed.

Terry then stole the ball from Morrow with 17 seconds left. After a Mavericks timeout, Nowitzki was isolated near the foul line, but again chose to go to Kidd, who was off on a desperation heave as the buzzer sounded.

"I was trying to keep the last shot so we could run the clock down and then [DeShawn Stevenson] got his hands on that pump fake," said Kidd. "Once I lost the basket I just had to heave one up."

Despite the close finish, the Nets were in control for most of the game.

They were up 28-23 after one and 56-45 at the break.

Humphries opened the third with a bucket, stretching the advantage to 13, but the Mavericks responded with a 15-2 game-tying run.

Nowitzki made a pair of three-pointers during the surge and Haywood had seven points, including a transition layup which knotted the score at 60.

Game Notes

The Mavericks had won five straight against the Nets...Haywood had 18 points and 10 rebounds...Dallas shot just 5-for-21 in the fourth quarter...New Jersey signed forward Gerald Green to a 10-day contract on Monday. A first-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 2005, Green was averaging 19.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA's D-League.

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New Jersey Nets Kick Off Second Half In Dallas

The New Jersey Nets will attempt to put their 10-25 record behind them and focus on getting back into the playoff hunt when they open the second half of the NBA season on the road against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

For the first time all season, Avery Johnson's crew is starting to have health on their side. Center Brook Lopez is back and close to full strength, looking at upwards of 30 minutes against the defending champions. The Nets will also have the services of SF Gerald Green, fresh off a call-up from the D-League.


Related: Deron Williams can't hide love for Dallas

Also a rarity for New Jersey, most of the talk around the team leading up to the game isn't focused squarely on a trade for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. Not that the big man has been forgotten by the media, but instead the spotlight was on PG Deron Williams and the potential of him choosing to play in Dallas next season. Williams spoke glowingly about the American Airlines Center and the Mavericks fans as a whole.

The Nets get to see plenty of former players suited up for the Mavs on Tuesday. Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Yi Jianlian and Brandan Wright will all be in uniform for Dallas.

Johnson should be able to let loose with his starters thanks to the All Star break and two more days off after the showdown in Big D.

You can watch the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip schedule for 8:30 p.m.

Up next for New Jersey is a trip up to Boston to take on the Celtics on Friday night.




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Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic Crush New Jersey Nets, 108-91

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Dwight Howard had 20 points and 17 rebounds, but the Orlando Magic may have made their biggest run of the game with him on the bench Wednesday night in a 108-91 win over the New Jersey Nets.

Orlando beat New Jersey for the ninth straight time mostly on the strength of a 24-12 run while Howard sat on the bench after getting in early foul trouble.

Glen Davis scored 12 of his 16 points during the surge, which gave the Magic a 20-point lead in the second quarter. Ryan Anderson had 14 points and nine rebounds and Orlando moved to 10-3 in February after ending January on a four- game losing streak.

"We're playing great basketball. We have to keep it up, stay humble, stay focused and continue to push," said Howard, who said he was trying not to focus on his future with the team and only on winning games.

"We're in a good position and we don't want to lose that position. We have to come back the second half and have a better second half."

The Magic have won 15 of their last 17 meetings with the Nets, who played without forward Kris Humphries in this one because of a strained calf. It was New Jersey's final game before the All-Star Break.

MarShon Brooks scored 24 points to lead the Nets, while Deron Williams added 23 points and eight assists. The Nets have lost 12 of their last 15 games and seven in a row at home.

"We have to play better at home. We have 10 games a month at home," Williams said. "We have to find a way."

The Magic shot 62.5 percent in the first quarter to take a 34-17 lead into the second.

Their 24-12 run spanned both quarters and came after Howard was whistled for his second foul with four minutes remaining in the first. Davis knocked down six buckets during the surge, which gave the Magic a 47-27 lead with under seven minutes left.

The advantage reached as high as 22 and Orlando carried a 58-41 lead into the break.

The Nets were within eight points briefly in the third quarter, but that's as close as it got. Howard led a 12-2 run after that to push Orlando's lead to 18 and it was 87-70 going into the fourth, where New Jersey was never closer than 13.

Game Notes

The Nets will start a four-game road trip at Dallas next Tuesday...The Magic are 2-1 on a five-game road trip that straddles the All-Star break. They have one game left before the weekend, at Atlanta on Thursday...New Jersey's last win over Orlando came at home on April 11, 2009.


Final - 2.22.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Orlando Magic 34 24 29 21 108
New Jersey Nets 17 24 29 21 91

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New Jersey Nets Finish First Half Against Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic

The New Jersey Nets wrap up a disappointing first half Wednesday night by trying to impress Dwight Howard as they take on his Orlando Magic at The Prudential Center in Newark.

In addition to heading into the All-Star break with back-to-back wins against likely playoff teams, the Nets will also try to show Howard what could be waiting for him next season when the team moves to Brooklyn. New Jersey will put on a special pre-game presentation that will focus on Brooklyn and feature a fireworks and laser show.

Once the dog and pony show is over, the Nets will try to beat a tough Magic (21-12) team that has won nine of their last 12, including a 93-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. Besides stopping Howard -- the man they want to play for them as soon as next week -- the Nets will also have to try and contain former Net Ryan Anderson. The forward is having a career year averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc.

Brook Lopez will play his second game for the Nets since returning from a broken foot, but he will have to do without any help from starting forward Kris Humphries. The double-double machine will sit out Wednesday night with a left calf strain. New Jersey could also be without backup PG Sundiata Gaines, who is a game time decision.

The Nets are already without PG Jordan Farmar, leaving Deron Williams as the only healthy option to run the offense. Since the All-Star isn't going to play 48 minutes, if Gaines is unable to play it could leave some point guard duties to rookie MarShon Brooks.

New Jersey continues to be without the services of Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and Damion James.

Knowing a much needed five days off are coming after the game and riding the high of defeating the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls on the road over the weekend, Avery Johnson's crew could just have enough in the tank to sneak by Howard and the Magic.

You can see the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Nets will scatter after the game while the NBA celebrates All-Star weekend. Deron Williams will play in the game, while Brooks has been selected to play in the Rising Stars game and Anthony Morrow will attempt to win the three-point contest. New Jersey will return to action Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks.




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Nets Vs. Knicks Final Score: Deron Williams Outshines Jeremy Lin In 100-92 Nets Win

Deron Williams scored 38 points before fouling out with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 100-92 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Jeremy Lin was relatively subdued by Williams and the Nets defense, needing 18 field goals attempts to get to 21 points on the night. Unfortunately for New York, Lin was unable to prove that he could go left with much consistency, nor that he could win at the side of Carmelo Anthony.

Melo was back on the court after spending seven games sidelined with a groin injury. He didn't appear limited, playing 37 minutes. He had just 11 points in his re-debut, going 4-for-11 from the field. The hope is that Anthony still needs time to shake off the rust and build chemistry with his new point guard. Until then, questions will persist whether the two players can coexist.


Related: Shawne Williams To Undergo Foot Surgery

Of course, Williams played a major role in the Nets win too. He hit a career high eight 3-pointers for the game, and scored 18 points in the third quarter to help put New Jersey up 82-64 heading into the final stanza. New York mounted a miniature comeback after Williams fouled out. Down 13, they drew to within six points with 12 seconds left in the game. They ran out of clock, however, giving the Nets their second win in three games.

Kris Humphries was aggressive in the lane on both ends throughout the game, hauling in 14 rebounds to go with his 14 points. MarShon Brooks also added 18 points. For the Knicks, Landry Fields had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Amare Stoudemire pitched in 17 points, as well.


Final - 2.20.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 18 32 32 18 100
New York Knicks 21 21 22 28 92

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Nets Return To The Scene Of Linsanity's Birth

The New Jersey Nets wrap up three games in three days when they take on the New York Knicks Monday night at Madison Square Garden. The last time these teams met the sports world was introduced to Jeremy Lin and the mania now known as "Linsanity".

If the Nets had been able to handle Lin back on Feb. 4, there would be a much different team waiting for Avery Johnson's crew. Not only is Lin now the starting point guard and talk of the town, but both Amar'e Stoundemire and Carmelo Anthony are back in the lineup together.

Stoudemire returned on Tuesday and has averaged over 17 points a game, while Anthony is seeing his first action since Feb. 6, the second game of "Linsanity".

New Jersey has gone in the totally opposite direction since the birth of "Linsanity", losing eight of nine, including a 92-85 setback to the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. While the Nets got center Brook Lopez back against the Bucks, he will sit out Monday before returning Wednesday vs. the Orlando Magic as the Nets ease him into the rotation after a broken foot kept him on the sidelines all season.

Deron Williams continued his strong play against the Bucks, with 26 points and six assists, while Anthony Morrow finished with 17. Lopez logged just 22 minutes and put up nine points and pulled down two rebounds.

You can see the game locally on YES or MSG and listen on WFAN 660 or ESPN 1050 with tip schedule for 7:30 p.m.

The Nets will get a much needed day off Tuesday before wrapping up the first half at The Rock against the Magic.




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Bucks 92, Nets 85: Brook Lopez Returns, Milwaukee's Ersan Ilyasova Stars

The New Jersey Nets finally got their first glimpse of center Brook Lopez this season after he missed the first 32 games with a broken foot. However, the return of Lopez wasn't enough to help New Jersey build on its impressive win over the Chicago Bulls Saturday, instead coming up flat in a 92-85 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday night.

On the night Lopez' long-awaited return, it was a Bucks big man that was the star. Ersan Ilyasova, averaging 9.4 points and 7.9 rebounds this season, scorched the Nets' frontcourt for 29 points and 24 rebounds, including 13 on the offensive glass.

The Bucks did their best to keep the Nets in the game, but every time the game got close Milwaukee was able to push New Jersey away with a big three. The Nets were also their own worst enemies, with a DeShawn Stevenson flagrant foul and Kris Humphries technical giving the Bucks enough room in the fourth quarter to hold on.

Deron Williams once again led New Jersey with 26 points and six assists, while Anthony Morrow finished with 17. After two straight 20 point efforts, Humphries had just 13 points. In his return, Lopez finished with nine points and two rebounds in 22 minutes.

There won't be much time for the Nets to stew over this one, with their third game in three days waiting for them Monday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks.


Final - 2.19.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Milwaukee Bucks 23 20 27 22 92
New Jersey Nets 17 19 20 29 85

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Brook Lopez Returns For Nets Vs. Bucks

The New Jersey Nets will welcome center Brook Lopez back on Sunday night when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at The Prudential Center. Lopez will start for New Jersey after missing all season due to a broken foot he suffered in the Nets final preseason game.

Knowing Lopez would return, the Nets played solid basketball on Saturday in stunning the Chicago Bulls, 97-85. Deron Williams led New Jersey with 29 points and eight assists, while Kris Humphries turned in a double-double of 24 points and 19 rebounds.

As New Jersey starts to get healthy for the first time all season, the Bucks bring their own injury issues with them into The Rock. Milwaukee will be without center Andrew Bogut as well as forward Drew Gooden. That means Ersan Ilyasova and seldom-used Jon Leuer will get the majority of time in the low post for the Bucks.

The lack of any depth up front for Milwaukee presents the best situation for Lopez to return from his 32-game layoff. He averaged 20.4 points and 6 rebounds per game last season.

The Nets were swept by the Bucks last season and have lost their last eight against Milwaukee.

You can watch the game locally on YES or listen on Bloomberg 1130 with tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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Nets End Losing Streak, Hand Bulls Just Second Home Loss, 97-85

The New Jersey Nets once again had to play without starting center Brook Lopez on Saturday afternoon in Chicago against the Bulls, but knowing he was on his way back seems to have helped them focus. Avery Johnson's crew opened the game with a 24-5 run and never looked back on their way to a 97-82 victory.

"We gave the Bulls kind of a dose of what teams have been giving us all year," the Nets head coach said about the hot start.

Even though the Bulls played without reigning MVP Derrick Rose, Chicago had got 3-1 over their last four games while their point guard sat out with a back problem and had only lost once at home all season.

For the second straight game, New Jersey got out of the gate quickly and this time they didn't give it all back. The Bulls made several runs in the second and third quarters, but the Nets were able to answer each time, something they have had problems with all season.

Deron Williams led all scorers with 29 points and also handed out eight assists to help the Nets halt an eight-game losing streak. Kris Humphries was a beast all game, pouring in 24 and hauling down 18 rebounds. Along with his 24 point against the Indiana Pacers Thursday, this was the first time in his career Humphries scored 20 points in back-to-back games.

Every Nets starter played at least 33 minutes with Humphries, Deron Williams and MarShon Brooks logging 45, 42 and 42 minutes, respectively. Johnson acknowledged there weren't many other options despite the Nets playing three games in three days.

"I didn't have a choice. Our bench was struggling," Johnson said. "At the beginning of the second quarter, I was trying to give Humphries and Deron a blow, but we had to get them back in because the look in their eyes, they really looked like they wanted to win this game."

And win they did, for just the second time this month. Now New Jersey will search for just their second back-to-back wins of the year when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks at The Prudential Center Sunday night. The Nets will get their first look at Lopez, out all season with a broken bone in his foot. The center will start Sunday, sit out against the New York Knicks on Monday and then play in the first-half finale Wednesday in Orlando.


Final - 2.18.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 34 25 14 24 97
Chicago Bulls 19 26 11 29 85

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Nets Look To Halt Losing Streak In The Windy City

The New Jersey Nets will kick off their second back-to-back-to-back of the season Saturday afternoon when they take on the Chicago Bulls in the Windy City. Avery Johnson's crew is more worried about finally picking up a win than getting worn down by playing three games in three days.

The Nets have dropped nine in a row, including a 93-88 loss to the Indiana Pacers Thursday night. Deron Williams led New Jersey once again with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists, but also had six turnovers. Kris Humphries put in a solid effort with 24 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks.

After missing all season with a broken bone in his foot, center Brook Lopez finally could return to the lineup for New Jersey. He was listed as "questionable" by the Nets on Friday, giving him a 50-50 chance of seeing his first action of the year. Lopez would give Johnson a much-needed scoring option in the post.


Recommended Reading: Rushing Lopez Into Action Not A Good Idea

The Bulls have had their own injury problems, but haven't missed a beat. Derrick Rose has been out the last four games with Chicago taking three of those, the latest a big 89-80 victory over the Boston Celtics Thursday night.

Rose took part in practice on Friday, but his status for Saturday's showdown with the Nets is still up in the air.

You can see the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Nets return home for the second of their three games in three days against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.




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Pacers Vs. Nets Final Score: Indiana Beats New Jersey, 93-88

Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger entered Thursday's game battling a sprained left ankle, but that didn't stop him from dropping a game-best 32 points and helping his team down the New Jersey Nets 93-88 Thursday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The Nets (8-23) lost their 10th straight game to the Pacers (18-12), who also snapped a five-game losing streak.

The Nets, who had the game tied at 69-69 with 8:15 left in the game, were led by 29 points from point guard Deron Williams. Center Kris Humphries tallied 24 points and 10 rebounds, but New Jersey couldn't over come its 19 turnovers and poor shooting from behind the 3-point arc (4-for-17, 23.5 percent).

Indiana's Paul George gave the Pacers the lead for good when he hit a jumper that sparked a 9-2 run.

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Final - 2.16.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 29 21 15 23 88
Indiana Pacers 21 29 14 29 93

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Grizzlies 105, Nets 100: Turnovers Push Losing Streak To Seven

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Marreese Speights had a career-high 18 rebounds to go with 20 points and the Memphis Grizzlies utilized a seven-point run in the game's final minutes to defeat the New Jersey Nets, 105-100, at Prudential Center.

Rudy Gay added 25 points, Tony Allen had 21 and Mike Conley posted a double- double with 16 points and 10 assists for the Grizzlies, who won games on back- to-back nights, both on the road.

"If you're in a park you play every day, if you're in a tournament in college you play three or four times in a row. So it can be done," said Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins. "It's just a matter of letting your body and your will take over for your mind."

Deron Williams and Shelden Williams each had double-doubles for New Jersey, as Deron scored 26 and dished out 11 assists while Shelden netted 10 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. The Nets lost their seventh consecutive game, a season high.

New Jersey led 78-77 as the fourth quarter began, and the game remained close early in the quarter, with ties at 82 and 84 coming before the 9:00 mark. The Nets scored seven of the next nine after the second tie, but Memphis then rolled off a 6-0 run to take their first lead, 92-91, since late in the third.

Kris Humphries answered with two free throws to put the home team up once more, but that lead was short-lived. Allen drained a three-pointer on the Grizzlies' next trip down the floor to put Memphis back up, and the visitors had a chance to build upon their lead after a bad pass turnover from Deron Williams.

That opportunity was squandered after Gay missed a jump shot, but he redeemed himself by making a jumper the next trip down the floor after MarShon Brooks threw it away. Yet another turnover from Williams set up an Allen layup to complete the 7-0 spurt, and Memphis was up six, 99-93. New Jersey would not come closer than four the rest of the way.

"We had a lot of turnovers in the last couple minutes of the game," said Deron Williams. "It was within our grasp and the turnovers cost us."

Williams' 12 points in the first quarter helped the Nets to a 28-23 advantage after the first quarter. New Jersey had a 55-53 edge at the half.

Game Notes

The Nets converted all 15 of their free throw opportunities...Shelden Williams tied a career high with three blocks...The Grizzlies are 6-0 when scoring 100 or more points this season...There were 13 lead changes and seven ties...Memphis outscored New Jersey 48-32 in the paint and 22-12 on fastbreak opportunities.

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New Jersey Nets vs. Memphis Grizzlies: Nets Try To Halt Six-Game Slide

While their rivals across the river are the darlings of the NBA thanks to "Linsanity", the New Jersey Nets are just trying to return to relevance with a win Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. It was just two and a half weeks ago they had won four of six and were looking like a team poised to make a playoff run as they got more players healthy.

Now riding a six game losing streak, instead of getting healthier they have continued to send players to the sidelines with various injuries. The latest member of the walking wounded is Shawne Williams, who will sit Wednesday night with a shoulder sprain. He will be replaced by DeShawn Stevenson, fresh off his own eight game hiatus.

New Jersey will have another set of fresh legs in D-League call-up Andre Emmett. Considering how thin the team is on the wing, he could see minutes immediately.

Head coach Avery Johnson is hoping a rare three days off will help his team forget two dreadful performances, the last a 103-89 plastering by the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. Deron Williams led the Nets with 27 points, while Kris Humphries had 15 and Anthony Morrow added 11 as the only starters in double figures.

The Grizzlies come to town winners of three out of three, including a 93-83 victory over the Houston Rockets. Mike Conley had a team-high 21 points and four assists, continuing his impressive 2011-12 campaign. Rudy Gay dropped 20 against Houston and it will be up to Stevenson to try and prevent the swigman from repeating those numbers.

Catch the game locally on YES or WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday's game is the first of six in eight days leading up to the All Star Break. Next up is a trip to Indiana to take on the Pacers on Thursday night.




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Red Hot Spurs Visit New Jersey To Take On Ice Cold Nets

The New Jersey Nets will attempt to rebound from one of their most embarrassing losses of the season, a 109-92 beatdown by the Detroit Pistons on Friday, and halt a five-game losing streak when they welcome the San Antonio Spurs to The Prudential Center Saturday night.

On their annual "rodeo road trip" -- forced to stay away from home for three weeks -- the Spurs are red hot, winners of six straight, including the first two games on their epic trip. They also come in rested, having last played Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. San Antonio will get guard Manu Ginobili back in the lineup after he missed more than a month.

After getting rookie MarShon Brooks back in the lineup against the Pistons, the Nets will still be short-handed on Saturday. Brook Lopez, Damion James, Mehmet Okur and DeShawn Stevenson will all still be out. Brooks scored seven points in just 17 minutes of action vs. Detroit.

The Nets have dropped 17 of 18 games to the Spurs and will need to stop one of the hottest teams in the league if they are going to reverse that trend.

Catch the game locally on YES or WFAN 660 with tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

New Jersey will get a much needed three days off before returning to action Wednesday night at The Rock against the Memphis Grizzlies.




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Nets Vs. Pistons: New Jersey Looks To Strike Back On Star Wars Night

The New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons meet for the second time in three nights Friday on "Star Wars" night at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons took the last meeting 99-92, despite another ferocious late rally.

The trend of losing players continued for the Nets with guard Keith Bogans leaving Wednesday's game with a likely season-ending broken ankle. He will join Brook Lopez, Damion James, Mehmet Okur and DeShawn Stevenson on the sidelines. Rookie MarShon Brooks will be a game-time decision as he continues to recover from a broken toe.

Detroit had injury problems equal to New Jersey, but should only be without Charlie Villanueva and Will Bynum Friday night. The Pistons will be shooting for their season-high fourth straight win.

All-Star Deron Williams led the Nets last time out with a game-high 34 points and seven assists while Jordan Farmar helped in the back court with 22 points off the bench. The only other New Jersey player to score in double figures was Shelden Williams (11).

Greg Monroe took advantage of the thin New Jersey front line, scoring 20 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor. Forward Jonas Jerebko was a nuisance with 16 points while Tayshaun Prince had 15.

With Shawne Williams -- hobbled by his own injury problems -- the only healthy small forward for the Nets, look for Prince and Jerebko again to be a problem for New Jersey.

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Pistons 99, Nets 92: Deron Williams' 34 Points Not Enough For New Jersey

Deron Williams scored 17 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, but the New Jersey Nets were unable to halt their losing streak.

Powered by a 20-point, 12-rebound night from Greg Monroe, the Detroit Pistons (7-20) handed the Nets (8-19) their fourth-straight loss in a 99-92 win at the Prudential Center. Williams and Kris Humphries (nine points and 16 rebounds) each played 41 minutes of the game, and the Nets were also aided by 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting by Jordan Farmar.

Detroit was buoyed by the return of Ben Gordon, who scored 14 points off the bench after missing the last 11 games with a shoulder injury.

The Nets were able to draw within one point of the lead after Williams converted a 4-point play to bring the score to 78-77 with 8:27 remaining. Detroit built a 6-0 run over the next two-and-a-half minutes before another Williams trey brought New Jersey to within three. Following a basket by Rodney Stuckey, Williams nailed another 3-pointer to put the Nets down just 86-83 with 5:18 to go.

That was the closest New Jersey came to the lead, as Williams missed his next two shots and Farmar was unable to sink a 3-pointer of his own.

Friday night, the Nets get another crack at the Pistons as they travel to Detroit to complete the home-and-home series.


Final - 2.8.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Detroit Pistons 20 31 23 25 99
New Jersey Nets 20 19 28 25 92

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Nets Vs. Pistons: Looking For Some Home Cooking

The New Jersey Nets will look to snap out of their latest slump with a home-and-home against the Detroit Pistons, the last team they defeated. The first game is Wednesday night at The Prudential Center with the Nets trying to shake off one of their most embarrassing losses of the season, a 108-87 drubbing by the Chicago Bulls.

Avery Johnson's crew has lost three in a row and five of six with the lone win coming a week ago in Newark against this Detroit squad.But while the Nets have struggled since they last met, the Pistons have pulled off back-to-back wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Hornets.

The Pistons beat the Hornets without the services of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva and lost point guard Brandon Knight after just five minutes to a broken nose. Greg Monroe led Detroit with 24 points and 16 rebounds as he continues his impressive sophomore season.

The Nets will once again be short-handed, with Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, DeShawn Stevenson and Mehmet Okur all sidelined. They are expected to get Anthony Morrow back after the death of his grandmother.

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Nets Vs. Bulls Final Score: Derrick Rose Misses Second Half But Chicago Still Rolls

Derrick Rose had to sit out the second half due to lower back spasms, but it didn't matter. The Chicago Bulls never trailed, and were up by as many as 30 points before winning 108-87 on Monday night over the New Jersey Nets. The Nets fell to 8-18 on the season with the loss.

Rose managed just four points in his 11 minutes on the court, but Carlos Boozer picked up the slack, not to mention some hot shooting from behind the 3-point arc. Boozer picked up 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. Meanwhlie, Luol Deng, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson combined to go 9-for-15 from distance.

Deron Williams led the Nets with 24 points, but also had three turnovers to go with his five assists. As a team New Jersey was just 40.5 percent from the field thanks to a 3-for-17 performance from 3-point range.

The Nets have now lost four of their last five, and sit tied for fourth with the Toronto Raptors at 10.5 games back from the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic Division.


Final - 2.6.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Chicago Bulls 35 27 21 25 108
New Jersey Nets 14 23 27 23 87

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New Jersey Nets Vs. Chicago Bulls Preview

The struggling New Jersey Nets are 8-17 and have lost four of their last five games. The Nets figure to have their hands full Monday night at the Prudential Center (7:30 p.m. ET/YES) when the Central Division leading Chicago Bulls (20-6) roll into the Prudential Center.

MVP Derrick Rose is averaging 23.6 points and 8.2 assists per game for Chicago. Luol Deng is the team’s second-leading scorer at 16.2 points per game.

Point guard Deron Williams is averaging 20.2 points and 8.8 assists per game for NewJersey.

MarShon Brooks (toe), Mehmet Okur (back) and DeShawn Stevenson (knee) are also out for the Nets.

Nets coach Avery Johnson has used 12 different starting lineups in the first 25 games this season. The Nets are tied with Toronto for last in the Atlantic Division and will play two in a row and four of the next five games at home. They own a 3-7 record in Newark, NJ this season and are just 6-12 versus the East.

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Knicks 99, Nets 92: Jeremy Lin Sparks Big New York Win

When the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets got things started at Madison Square Garden, no one could have guessed who the hero would have been. Instead of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoundemire or Deron Williams, it was little-used guard Jeremy Lin that owned the World's Most Famous Arena as the Knicks downed the Nets, 99-92.

The Harvard graduate came into action on Friday with a career average of 2.8 points per game, but he led all scorers Saturday night with a career-high 25, including some nifty baskets in the paint that brought the Garden faithful to their feet for most of the night. With just over two minutes remaining and the Knicks up six, Lin split defenders Deron Williams and Kris Humphris, drove for a three point play and shared a bow with Anthony.

The Nets were led by Williams' 21 points and 11 assists, though shockingly he couldn't keep up with Lin down the stretch. Kris Humphries added 20 points and 12 rebounds while Jordan Farmar poured in 19 off the bench. A Nets reserve had a career-high as well Saturday, with rookie Jordan Williams scoring 10 points in 26 minutes.

Lin hit on 10-of-19 shots from the field, handed out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds. Arguably more important than any of those numbers was his ball security, as the point guard had just one turnover in 35 minutes of action.

After being released by the Golden State Warriors in December and spending some time with the Houston Rockets, Lin has now turned in the game of his life and if the chanting of "Jer-e-my" by the Garden crowd is any indication, will be a fan favorite going forward.

Keeping things simple after his performance, Lin broke down how the Knicks came out on top.

"We play hard, we play together and we're just thankful to get out of here with a win."

New York has now taken five games in a row from New Jersey.

The Knicks will try to keep up their momentum when they welcome the Utah Jazz on Monday night. The Nets will return home to take on the Chicago Bulls Monday.


Final - 2.4.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 30 18 24 20 92
New York Knicks 20 26 24 29 99

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Nets 99, Pistons 96: With Just Eight Players, Nets Hold Off Pistons

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Deron Williams scored 26 points and dished out nine assists, carrying the short-handed Nets over the road-weary Pistons, 99-96, at Prudential Center.

Kris Humphries added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan Farmar chipped in 15 points for the Nets, who won despite dressing only eight players.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game for us with the lack of bodies," said Williams, who also noted this was the Pistons' third game in as many days.

Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe each netted 21 points to pace Detroit, which dropped its seventh straight and fell to 1-12 as the visitor this season.

The Nets took a tenuous 72-71 lead into the fourth quarter but never trailed over the final 12 minutes.

A pair of Humphries free throws broke an 88-88 tie with 5:22 remaining, and Williams drained a three-pointer on the next possession.

New Jersey stayed in front even though the outcome was still in question until the final buzzer.

Keith Bogans, who signed with the Nets earlier Wednesday, missed a reverse layup with under a minute left, and Jonas Jerebko swished a baseline jumper to pull Detroit within 98-96 with 41.9 seconds remaining.

Humphries grabbed an offensive rebound at the other end but was tied up by Monroe for a jump ball. Detroit gained possession with 17.8 seconds remaining and called timeout.

Prince had a chance to tie it, but missed a fadeaway from the left wing with Shawne Williams' hand in his face. Sundiata Gaines made 1-of-2 free throws to keep it a one possession game, but Brandon Knight hit all iron on a straightaway three-point try at the buzzer sounded.

"It felt good, but it didn't go in," Knight said. "I would have liked to have been a little more open."

After playing to a 23-23 tie in the first, the Nets ended the second frame on a 13-5 run to take a 49-38 lead into the break. Shawne Williams scored all 11 of his points in the second.

Monroe bookended a 14-4 run late in the third quarter with a pair of buckets inside, cutting the deficit to 66-64.

Game Notes

Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank coached the Nets from 2004 until early on in the 2009-10 season...Detroit has lost four straight and six of its last seven at New Jersey...Knight and Jerebko scored 15 and 14 points, respectively, in defeat...New Jersey won the battle on the glass, 44-31.


Final - 2.1.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Detroit Pistons 23 15 33 25 96
New Jersey Nets 23 26 23 27 99

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Nets Schedule: Short-Handed Nets Welcome Pistons To Newark

The New Jersey Nets will attempt to put the brakes on a two-game losing streak Wednesday night when they welcome the Detroit Pistons to The Prudential Center.

After winning two in a row and four of six, New Jersey has dropped back-to-back games to the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers. Before their game against the Pacers, the Nets got the bad news that impressive rookie guard MarShon Brooks would be sidelined indefinitely with a broken toe.

Despite being without Brooks, Brook Lopez, Mehmet Okur and DeShawn Stevenson, New Jersey nearly completed a furious comeback thanks to 34 points from Deron Williams. The 106-99 loss on the road provided the latest in a series of moral victories.

Detroit comes to The Rock with even bigger issues than anything the Nets are dealing with. While they may barely be healthier, not much else has gone their way this season. They are 4-19 and in the midst of a six-game losing streak. Last time out they were destroyed by the previously listless New York Knicks 113-86. Second-year forward Jonas Jerebko led the Pistons against the Knicks with 15 points in just 15 minutes off the bench.

Will Bynum, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva are all out for Detroit Wednesday night.

Joining New Jersey for the game Wednesday night will be newcomer Keith Bogans. The veteran guard from Kentucky averaged just 4.4 points and 1.8 rebounds for the Chicago Bulls last season but started all 82 games. He will bring a much needed warm body to the back court, helping to fill the void left by Brooks' injury.

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Pacers 106, Nets 99: Rally Comes Up Short

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Paul George nailed four three-pointers en route to a career-high 24 points while Roy Hibbert added a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers downed the New Jersey Nets, 106-99.

Danny Granger finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Pacers, who shot 52.1 percent from the field. They've won two straight since dropping a 94-87 decision at Boston on Friday.


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"Paul George really carried us through some offensive stretches. He's a heck of a weapon at both ends," Indiana head coach Frank Vogel said.

Deron Williams netted a game-high 34 points and Anthony Morrow added a season- high 28 points for New Jersey, which dropped its second straight game.

Trailing, 98-82, with 7:53 to play in the fourth, the Nets used a 13-0 run to whittle the Pacers' lead to 98-95 with 3:15 to play. Morrow nailed back-to- back treys to cap the surge.

With the shot clock running down and Indiana holding a 102-99 advantage, Collison threw a shot up hoping to hit the rim. It grazed the front of the rim and George tracked down the loose ball and threw it to Hibbert, who was fouled with 34.2 seconds remaining.

He nailed 1-of-2 to increase the lead to 103-99.

Williams missed a short jumper on the other end and Collison connected on 1- of-2 from the line to make it 104-99 with 20.1 left.

"Unfortunately the ball just popped out on us," Nets head coach Avery Johnson said of Williams' shot. "We got the switch that we wanted with Collison (Darren) because he had five fouls."

Morrow misfired from beyond the arc on New Jersey's ensuing possession and George corralled the rebound to seal the win for Indiana.

The Pacers committed five turnovers in the first three minutes and Williams netted six points as the Nets took a quick 10-3 advantage. But the Pacers responded with a 13-3 spurt to take a 16-13 lead midway through the first.

Indiana took a 28-24 lead into the second. The Pacers shot a blistering 64.7 percent in the opening stanza while Williams had nine points to pace the Nets.

The Pacers once again scorched the nets in the second quarter, shooting 57.9 percent in the period for a 61.1 first-half field-goal percentage. Williams netted 16 first-half points to keep the Nets in it as Indiana took a 55-53 lead into the locker room.

With the game tied at 66 with 7:15 to play in the third, a 12-0 Indiana run finally caused some separation between the squads as the Pacers took a 78-66 lead with 3:38 remaining in the quarter. George netted five points and Granger added four during the spurt.

The Pacers took an 84-72 advantage into the fourth.

Game Notes

Pacers guard George Hill exited the game with 1:35 left in the third quarter after he came down awkwardly on his left ankle following a jump shot. According to Indiana's Twitter account, Hill has a small chip fracture in his left ankle and is out indefinitely...Nets guard MarShon Brooks missed the contest due to a broken right little toe...Mehmet Okur missed his third straight game due to a sore lower back...The Pacers outrebounded the Nets, 43-34 and held a 12-8 advantage on the offensive glass.


Final - 1.31.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 24 29 19 27 99
Indiana Pacers 28 27 29 22 106

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Raptors 94, Nets 73: New Jersey Routed By Toronto

Well, if you are going to blow up a winning streak you might as well do it in style. The New Jersey Nets accomplished that Sunday night at the Prudential Center, suffering a lopsided 94-73 loss to the Toronto Raptors that ended a two-game winning streak.

Nets coach Avery Johnson summed up the team’s effort this way:

“We didn’t have any energy on either side of the floor,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said. “(Toronto) came in, they’re a hungry team, and [DeMar] DeRozan had a big night. Unfortunately we just had a bad offense and bad defense.”

New Jersey (7-14) shot just 36.5 percent from the field for the game. The Nets got a team-high 24 points and six assists from Deron Williams, and 14 from Anthony Morrow. Other than that, though, the offense was non-existent.

New Jersey trailed by just five points at halftime, but the Raptors outscored New Jersey in the third quarter, 26-14, to take control.

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Nets Schedule: Nets Welcome Short-Handed Raptors

The New Jersey Nets will try to extend their longest winning streak of the season when they welcome the Toronto Raptors to The Prudential Center on Sunday night.

The Nets have won two straight, including a 99-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Deron Williams continued his strong play for New Jersey, pouring in 27 points to go along with 10 assists. Anthony Morrow, showing he deserves to stay in the starting lineup, added 22 points while Kris Humphries put together a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Despite being right in the middle of the race for one of the final playoff spots in the East, New Jersey has a record of just 2-5 at The Rock this season, compared to 4-7 on the road.

Against the Raptors, the Nets get the benefit of not facing star Andrea Bargnani, who is out indefinitely with a calf injury. They will, however, still have to find a way to stop high-flying DeMar DeRozan and a Toronto squad that has won two of their last three games

Injuries are still an issue for New Jersey, with Brook Lopez still yet to come back from a broken foot. He is joined on the bench by his replacement, Mehmet Okur (back) and possibly rookie MarShon Brooks (Achilles) who is a game-time decision.

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Nets Schedule: Road Trip Wraps Up Against Irving, Cavs

The New Jersey Nets will attempt to complete their first winning road trip of the season when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night at the Quiken Loans Arena.

After losing to the Chicago Bulls Monday, New Jersey defeated the first-place Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, setting the stage for the winning road trip. The team's best run away from The Prudential Center to this point is a 1-1 batch of games the first week of January.


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Against the Sixers, Nets PG Deron Williams played out of his mind, pouring in a game-high 34 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Morrow played a season-high 41 minutes and added 16 points, while Kris Humphries was good for 13 points and 19 rebounds.

Cleveland broke a four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 91-81 victory over the struggling New York Knicks. Veteran Antawn Jamison led the Cavs with 15 points and Omri Casspi chipped in 13 points in just 22 minutes. Former Nets coach Byron Scott leads the Cavs and first overall pick Kyrie Irving, who are off to a 7-10 start.

New Jersey standout rookie MarShon Brooks may not get a chance to size up Irving -- the man he's chasing for Rookie of the Year -- due to a lingering Achilles injury. Humphries (illness) and Mehmet Okur are also both game-time decisions for Avery Johnson's crew.

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Nets Vs. 76ers Final Score: New Jersey Gets 97-90 Road Win In Overtime

The New Jersey Nets bdefeated the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime on Wednesday night by a final score of 97-90. The Nets needed a 15-8 advantage in the extra frame. It was their second game of a three-game road trip.

Deron Williams led the way for the Nets with 34 points. His total included the the go-ahead three-point shot with 26.7 seconds left in overtime. Kris Humphries had a season-best 19 rebounds to go with 13 points. Humphries and Williams were two of five New Jersey players to score in double digits.

The Nets are now 3-2 in their last five games, scuffling along after a rough start to the season. They travel to Cleveland on Friday to wrap up their short road trip.

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Nets Schedule: Road Trip Continues In Philadelphia

The New Jersey Nets play their second game of a three-game road trip Wednesday night when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Nets are hitting the court after a much needed day off following their first stretch of three games in three days this season. New Jersey finished 1-2 over those games, including a blow out loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. Jordan Farmar led a tired Nets team with 22 points off the bench as the Bulls were never really challenged in the game.

After a strong finish last season, the Sixers are showing the league they are for real with a 12-5 record, good for first in the Atlantic Division. So far they are getting the job done with offense and rebounding, ranked 3rd and 4th in the league, respectively. They easily handled the Washington Wizards on Monday night in a 103-83 victory.

Avery Johnson may once again be without explosive rookie MarShon Brooks as he deals with a case of tendinitis. DeShawn Stevenson was limited to only 10 minutes against the Bulls due to a sore knee and could be sidelined as well. The Nets are already down Brook Lopez and Damion James thanks to foot injuries.

New Jersey has lost 8 straight against the Sixers, their second longest losing streak against any team in the league.

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Bulls 110, Nets 95: New Jersey Falls Flat In Chicago

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Derrick Rose returned to score 22 points with eight assists and five rebounds Monday as the Chicago Bulls topped the New Jersey Nets, 110-95, at United Center.

The Bulls got a lift from Rose, who missed the last four games with a left big toe sprain. Joakim Noah also returned from injury after missing the previous game with a left ankle sprain and added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

"To miss as much time as he did and to come out and play the way that he did says a lot about him", said coach Tom Thibodeau about Rose's return.

Richard Hamilton tied Rose for the team lead in points, recording a double- double with 22 points and 10 assists. Hamilton also scored his 15,000th career point in the first quarter of the victory.

"I think I owe it to all my great teammates that I've played with in my whole career," Hamilton said. "All the bigs setting screens and things like that. I think I need to take them all out to eat."

The Bulls are an NBA-best 16-3 and have won nine of their last 10, including four in a row. They moved to 8-0 at United Center this season.

Jordan Farmar led the Nets in scoring, dropping 22 points off the bench on 3- of-3 shooting from behind the arc. Deron Williams chipped in with a double- double, adding 16 points to go along with 10 assists. Anthony Morrow, who started in place of the injured MarShon Brooks, had 15 points in the loss.

New Jersey finished up the third game of a back-to-back-to-back, going 1-2. The Nets are 5-13 this season and 3-8 on the road.

"We knew it was going to be a tough one, and they had everybody back in the lineup. You can just tell this is a contender," Williams said. "So, I thought we played well in spots, and we also played bad in spots."

The grind of three games in three nights plagued the Nets as the Bulls jumped all over them early, getting out to a 28-18 lead by the end of the first quarter. Ronnie Brewer, starting for the injured Luol Deng, made his presence felt by scoring nine of his 11 points in the first quarter.

Chicago stayed hot in the second, shooting over 73 percent from the field and stretched its lead to 59-43 going into halftime.

The Chicago offense was too much for the Nets to handle as all five starters scored in double figures including Carlos Boozer, who finished with 14 points and nine boards.

All together the Bulls had six players in double figures with Omer Asik adding 10 points off the bench.

Williams got going for the Nets, scoring six of his team's 25 third quarter points and handing out three assists but they were unable to cut into the Bulls lead and they trailed 85-68 entering the final stanza.

Game Notes

Deng missed his first game this year with a sprained left wrist...Hamilton is the 120th player in NBA history with 15,000 career points...The Bulls shot 57.3 percent from the field and outrebounded the Nets 43-32, moving the Nets to 0-11 when being outrebounded by their opponent.


Final - 1.23.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 18 25 25 27 95
Chicago Bulls 28 31 26 25 110

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Nets At Bulls: Third Game In Three Days Awaits New Jersey

The New Jersey Nets will finish their first back-to-back-to-back of this lockout shortened NBA season on Monday night when they take on the Chicago Bulls in the United Center. New Jersey so far has handled their first of two grueling stretches well with a close loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder and a 97-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Nets have now won three of six after starting the season 2-11 and will get a solid test against a Bulls, despite Chicago dealing with plenty of injuries. MVP Derrick Rose (toe), Joakim Noah (ankle), Luol Deng (wrist) and Taj Gibson (ankle) are all banged up and question marks Monday. Chicago has yet to lose a game at the United Center this season.

While improved play by a healthy Deron Williams and MarShon Brooks has fueled New Jersey, they are still without Brook Lopez (foot), Damion James (foot) while Shawne Williams (shin) and DeShawn Stevenson (knee) play through pain.

Chicago will be part of the Nets next back-to-back-to-back as well next month, but will be New Jersey's first opponent instead of the third. The other two teams will be the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks.

New Jersey dropped three of four against Chicago last season and haven't left the United Center with a victory the last three matchups.

You can see the game locally on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip schedule for 8:00 p.m.

After a much needed day of, the Nets head to Philadelphia to take on the Sixers on Wednesday night.




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Nets 97, Bobcats 87: Brooks, Williams Lead New Jersey Over Charlotte

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - MarShon Brooks tallied a game-high 20 points with six rebounds as New Jersey handled Charlotte, 97-87, on Sunday evening.

Deron Williams totaled 19 points and 10 assists for the Nets, who have won two of three. Anthony Morrow also had 19 points and Jordan Farmar contributed 13 to the victory.

"We're making strides," Williams said. "Our schedule has probably been one of the toughest in the NBA."

Kemba Walker poured in 16 points, six boards and four assists for the Bobcats, losers of four straight.

Gerald Henderson had 15 points, and Derrick Brown and Bismack Biyombo scored 11 each in the setback.

"This is part of a learning process for us," Henderson said. "Collectively, we just need to learn how to score more points. That is part of my job, and I need more assists. I'm getting better on offense, especially with my jump shot, but I need to do more. My attitude is I just want to win."

Already ahead by seven after one quarter, the Nets extended that edge to 12 less than five minutes in on a Williams fadeaway jumper for a 40-28 game.

Charlotte closed within seven roughly three minutes later on a reverse layup by Walker plus a foul shot, but Brooks hit an easy deuce and the hosts finished the half on a 13-4 run to go up 58-42 at the break.

Brooks hit two baskets near the start of the third quarter and New Jersey found itself ahead 62-44. Though a Henderson make got the Bobcats back to 64-57, Farmar hit a trey and both Williams and Morrow hit easy buckets to push the advantage up to 71-57.

It was 75-61 after three and the Nets cruised home. Their lead grew to as much as 19 points, at 88-69 with 7:14 left, after Brooks connected on a jumper.

Walker scored 11 points in the opening period, but Williams countered with 11 of his own as New Jersey assumed a 28-21 lead after 12 minutes.

Game Notes

Charlotte won three of four meetings a season ago...The Nets beat the Bobcats at home for the first time since December 4, 2009, snapping a three-game losing streak...Kris Humphries posted a game-high 10 rebounds for New Jersey, who won the battle of the boards by a 47-34 margin.


Final - 1.22.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Charlotte Bobcats 21 21 19 26 87
New Jersey Nets 28 30 17 22 97

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Nets Vs. Bobcats: Homestand Ends Against Charlotte

(Sports Network) - Two of the worst teams the Eastern Conference has to offer get together tonight at the Prudential Center, where the New Jersey Nets will host the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bobcats will close out a three-game road trip tonight and have lost three straight and nine of their last 10 games. They fell to 0-2 on the trek with Saturday's 95-89 loss at Chicago, as Gerald Henderson had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead Charlotte.

"Somehow we just didn't have the right attitude tonight," Bobcats head coach Paul Silas said. "It just puzzled me because we had three days off. I thought would come out with a lot of energy and intensity tonight, but we just didn't have it."

Byron Mullens added 17 points and Cory Higgins netted 10 off of the bench for the Bobcats, who are winless in five straight road games and own a 1-7 record as the visitor this season. Bobcats forward D.J. White left the game with a knee bruise and is day-to-day.

New Jersey will close out a three-game homestand tonight before embarking on a three-game road trip through Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland. It is 1-1 so far on the residency and dropped an 84-74 decision versus Oklahoma City on Saturday, getting 14 points apiece from MarShon Brooks and Deron Williams.

"That's a good team we played over there," said Williams. "They've only lost a couple of games this season. I thought we played pretty well, just a rough start that we couldn't get over."

Jordan Farmar scored 13 points in a reserve role and Kris Humphries posted a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds in New Jersey's sixth loss in its last eight tries. The Nets are only 1-5 at home this season.

The Nets lost three of four meetings with Charlotte last season and is winless in the past three matchups as the host in this series.




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Nets Vs. Thunder: Durant, Westbrook Visit Newark

Following their first two-day break of the season, the rested New Jersey Nets will welcome Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma Thunder to The Prudential Center on Saturday night for the beginning of their first dreaded three games in three days. The Thunder (12-3) own the best record in the Western Conference, though lost their last time out they fell to the lowly Washington Wizards, 105-102. New Jersey picked up their fourth win Wednesday night by taking out the Golden State Warriors.

Against the Warriors, Deron Williams led the Nets with nearly a triple-double of 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Rookie sensation MarShon Brooks was nearly as good, pouring in 22 pounds while pulling down eight rebounds and handing out six assists.

In giving the Wizards just their second win of the season, the Thunder turned the ball over 21 times and made just 4 of 19 from beyond the arc. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 36 points while Durant added 33 of his own.

This is the only time the Nets will face the Thunder this season and dropped both matchups between the two teams last season, including a triple overtime thriller New Jersey lost by three.

You can catch the game on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip off scheduled for 8:00 p.m

New Jersey's back-to-back-to-back continues Sunday at The Rock against the Charlotte Bobcats.




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Nets 107, Warriors 100: Williams Leads New Jersey To First Home Win

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Deron Williams had 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, leading the Nets to a 107-100 win over the Warriors on Wednesday.

MarShon Brooks added 22 points, six assists and eight boards for the Nets, who picked up their first home win of the season. Kris Humphries finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

"It's good to get the win at home," said Williams, "it's something we desperately needed. If you want to be a good team, a playoff team, you have to protect your home court and we hadn't done a good job of that."

Monta Ellis had a game-high 30 points, Dorell Wright scored 17 and David Lee had 12 and 10 boards for the Warriors. They were coming off of Tuesday's win over the Cavaliers and finished their four-game road trip at 2-2.

"This was a win that we fully expected coming in and (it was) a disappointing effort," said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. "Give them credit, they went and got the game and (it was) just discouraging on our part."

Neither team was able to pull away in a game which featured 11 ties and 18 lead changes. The Warriors were up 56-55 at the half and 83-80 after three, but the Nets, who entered Wednesday 0-4 at the Prudential Center, began to establish themselves in the later stages.

Williams drained three free throws to put them on top, 93-92, with seven minutes remaining. They then used a 13-4 run to grab their largest lead of the game. Williams capped the burst with a trey, which rattled home with 3:26 remaining.

The advantage was 105-100 when Brooks rebounded a miss from Nets center Mehmet Okur with 18 seconds left. Anthony Morrow then drained a pair of free throws to seal the final result.

Game Notes

The Nets were returning from a 1-3 road trip. They will host the Thunder on Saturday and the Bobcats on Sunday...Golden State closed out a four-game trek with a 2-2 mark and will commence a six-game homestand on Friday.


Final - 1.18.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Golden State Warriors 31 25 27 17 100
New Jersey Nets 29 26 25 27 107

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Nets Vs. Warriors: Still Searching For A Win In Newark

The New Jersey Nets didn't get a chance to play Golden State on their recent four-game West Coast trip, but the Warriors will be waiting for Avery Johnson's crew at The Prudential Center Wednesday night. The Warriors are 5-8 on the season and have won two in a row while the Nets are just 3-11 and are still searching for their first home win of the season.

Last time out against the Clippers on Monday, the Nets lost 101-91 thanks in large part to a 16-0 run by Los Angeles in the second quarter. As they have shown capable of doing this season, New Jersey stormed all the way back, but couldn't get over the hump, never leading in the game. Exciting rookie MarShon Brooks had a team-high 19 points while Kris Humphries and Deron Williams both chipped in 14.

The Warriors two in a row and three of five, including a 105-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. With guard Stephen Curry missing the last seven games with an ankle injury, Golden State has turned to former Knick Nate Robinson to fill the void on offense. The diminutive guard has provided a spark with 13.9 points a game, including 17 against the Cavs.

Golden State is led by Monta Ellis' 22.6 points per game, while another former Knick, David Lee is averaging 19.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Lee poured in 29 against Cleveland on Tuesday.

If the Nets are going to finally get their first home win of the season, it will be against a team they split two games with last season.

You can catch the game on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

For the first time this season, the Nets will have two days off after Wednesday night's game. They will then return to action Saturday against the Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma Thunder at The Rock.




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Nets Vs. Clippers: New Jersey Can't Complete Comeback, Fall In LA

In what is becoming all too common of an occurrence, the New Jersey Nets dug a huge early hole only to put together a fantastic rally that wasn't quite enough to pull out the victory. This time around it was the Los Angeles Clippers that came out on top with the 101-91 victory Monday afternoon at the Staples Center.

The Nets lost three-of-four on their West Coast trip and are now just 3-11 on the season, second worst record in the NBA.

Blake Griffin set the tone for what turned out to be a physical contest start to finish and it was a 16-0 run in the first quarter -- 11 by Caron Butler -- that proved to be too much for the Nets to overcome. New Jersey was able to tie the game with a 15-2 run of their own late in the fourth quarter, but couldn't ever get over the hump.

Rookie MarShon Brooks was the Nets high scorer with 19 points and added eight rebounds. Deron Williams had 14 points but once again struggled with his shot, hitting on just five-of-15 from the field.

The star of the game for New Jersey, veteran forward Shelden Williams, scored just eight points, but was willing to go toe-to-toe with Griffin late in the game.

Following their four game Western swing, the Nets return for three straight in New Jersey starting with the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night at The Prudential Center.


Final - 1.16.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 17 23 23 28 91
Los Angeles Clippers 32 21 21 27 101

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Nets At Clippers: West Coast Trip Wraps Up In Los Angeles

The New Jersey Nets will look to come home from their four-game West Coast swing with a split Monday afternoon when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.

In addition to losing Saturday's 107-94 loss to the Jazz in Deron Williams' return to Utah, the Nets also dropped the opener to their road trip 123-115 to the Denver Nuggets. New Jersey's lone win in their three games away from Newark was a 110-103 victory over the Steve Nash-less Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Against the Jazz, the Nets were led by forward Kris Humphries' 18 points and 10 rebounds as he continues to help fill the void for the injured Brook Lopez. Williams chipped in 16 points and five assists, but also five turnovers while receiving a mixed reaction from the Utah crowd.

The Clippers have won two in a row and five of six, including a 102-94 triumph over their arena-mates the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. The Clippers lost point guard Chris Paul to a hamstring injury against the Lakers and is questionable for Monday's game, though his MRI on Sunday was negative. If he sits, Los Angeles could go with a "big" lineup that includes Caron Butler at shooting guard and Blake Griffin on the wing, coach Vinny Del Negro told reporters.

New Jersey won both games against Los Angeles last season, but that team was very different than the one the Nets will face this time around.

You can watch the game on YES or listen on WFAN 660 with tip-off scheduled for 3:30 p.m..

After Monday's matchup the Nets will come home to face another West Coast team, the Golden State Warriors, at the Prudential Center Wednesday night.




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Jazz 107, Nets 94: Utah Gives Deron Williams Rude Homecoming

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – Deron Williams was met with a mix of boos and cheers in his return to play the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

“I expected it,” he said.

And there was nothing friendly about the way the basket treated him, either.

Williams scored 16 points, but shot just 3-of-15 from the floor, and the Jazz beat his New Jersey Nets, 107-94, to win for the sixth time in their last seven games.

Al Jefferson had 20 points to lead Utah, Paul Millsap scored 18 and C.J. Miles contributed 17 points off the bench.

“It was an emotional game for everyone,” Millsap said, “but I’m glad we got the win.”

Kris Humphries had a double-double for New Jersey, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds, but the Nets fell behind by as many as 23 and lost for the 14th time in their last 18 trips to Utah.

Some of those losses came against teams led by Williams, who played his first five-plus NBA seasons for the Jazz but was dealt to the Nets last February under acrimonious circumstances when his relationship with head coach Jerry Sloan crumbled.

Utah also lost Sloan, who retired two weeks earlier.

Frustrated by Utah, Williams made just two of his 12 shots in the first half as the Nets fell behind 30-20 at the first buzzer and 57-40 heading into the break.

“It wasn’t a very good one for me,” said Williams. “It was fun to be back in the building and fun to see all my ex-teammates. … We just didn’t have any legs. They looked like a fresh team. They were beating us to loose balls, getting offensive rebounds. They just looked a lot more energized than we did.”

Jefferson scored 16 of his 20 points in the first two quarters and played only six more minutes the rest of the game.

That’s because the Nets never got closer than 10. After MarShon Brooks’ three- pointer pulled them within 72-62, Josh Howard followed with a jumper to spark a 13-3 run that all but put the game away.

Utah carried an 87-67 lead into the fourth and led by as many as 23 when Enes Kanter’s layup made it 94-71.

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Nets At Jazz: Deron Williams Returns To Utah

The New Jersey Nets play the third third of four games on the West Coast Saturday night when they take on the Utah Jazz. This will be the first time Nets point guard Deron Williams will return to Utah and play against the team that he played his entire career with before a late season trade to New Jersey last year.

Williams comes into the game with the Jazz playing his best basketball of the season. In Friday night's 110-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns, the point guard scored a season-high 35 points and dished out 14 assists while only turning the ball over twice.

Though it will get the most attention, there will be more familiar faces going against each other on Saturday. Nets center Mehmet Okur will play in Utah for the first time after spending seven years with the Jazz. Sundiata Gaines, Kris Humphries and DeShawn Stevenson also spent time in Utah.

Meanwhile, the Jazz still have Devin Harris and Derrick Favors who played for New Jersey last year before the Williams trade. Neither former Net is having a ton of success in Utah. Harris is averaging just 8.7 points and 4.5 assists, both the lowest numbers he has posted since he was a backup with the Dallas Mavericks. The former No. 3 overall pick Favors has shown flashes of his potential but is only scoring 8.9 points and 6.9 rebounds early on this season.

The Nets are playing a back-to-back while the Jazz will be fresh thanks to two days off. Last time out they last 90-87 in overtime to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night, but had won five in a row before that defeat.

You can catch the game on YES or listen on Bloomberg 1130 with tip scheduled for 9 p.m..

New Jersey will wrap up their road trip Monday night when they take on Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Lakers.




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Nets Vs. Suns: New Jersey Defeats Phoenix, 110-103

The New Jersey Nets won their third game of the season Friday night at US Airways Center, defeating the Phoenix Suns, 110-103. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak. Now, with a 3-9 record, the Nets are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and in last place in the Atlantic Division. The Suns, now 4-7, are in 11th place in the Western Conference and in third place in the Pacific Division.

The Nets were led by point guard Deron Williams, who scored 35 points, a season high. MarShon Brooks also added 20 points, while Anthony Morrow scored 16, Kris Humphries scored 15 and Mehmet Okur added 11. Jordan Farmar came off the bench to add 10 points.

The Suns were led Saturday night by Center Marcin Gortat, who scored 20 points. Both Jared Dudley and Ronnie Price scored 18 points while Channing Frye scored scored 15 and Shannon Brown added 13.

The Nets will stay out west as they are scheduled to face the Utah Jazz in EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday evening. The Suns will also head out on the road. They face the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday evening.

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New Jersey Nets At Phoenix Suns: Searching The Desert For A Win

The New Jersey Nets continue their four-game West Coast swing with a stop in the desert to take on the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center Friday night. New Jersey has dropped three straight, while Phoenix is looking to rebound from back-to-back losses.

Wednesday night found the Nets explode on offense for 115 points against the Denver Nuggets, but completely lose any thoughts of defense as they feel 123-115. Jordan Farmar led New Jersey with a season-high 26 points off the bench and Anthony Morrow continued his hot streak by hitting on five of nine from beyond the arc.

The Suns lost on Thursday night to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-90, when they were burnt by No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving for 26 points. Steve Nash did his best to keep Phoenix in the game with 16 points and 15 rebounds in his 35 minutes, looking like anything but a guy in the twilight of his career.

Obviously New Jersey will still be without center Brook Lopez, out with a broken foot, but should get DeShawn Stevenson back into the rotation after sitting two games because of a sore knee. Mehmet Okur is also expected to play with a bad back after putting in 13 minutes against the Nuggets. Damion James continues to sit with a foot injury.

The Nets have lost four in a row and nine of 10 to the Suns, who will represent just the second Western Conference squad they've seen all season.

You can watch the game on YES or listen on WFAN with tip scheduled for 9 p.m..

New Jersey will get right back on the road for Deron Williams' return to Utah when the Nets take on the Jazz Saturday night.




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Nets Vs. Nuggets Final Score: New Jersey Drops Another One, 123-115

The New Jersey Nets lost again on Wednesday night, their third loss in a row. Despite cracking triple digits on the score board, it was not enough as the Nets dropped one to the Denver Nuggets by a final score of 123-115. The loss puts them at 2-9 on the season.

Jordan Farmar led the Nets in scoring with 26 points off the bench. He added two rebounds, three assists and two steals to his totals for the game. Deron Williams had 16 points to go with 13 assists. Kris Humphries had 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots.

Danilo Gallinari led the Nuggets with 22 points. Denver also had three players off the bench in double figures, including Corey Brewer with 19 points.

This was the opening game of a four game Western road trip. The Nets play in Phoenix on Friday. At 2-9, New Jersey has the basement in the Atlantic all to itself. Only Washington has a record worse than the Nets.

For more Nets coverage, visit our team page and team blog, Nets Daily. For complete NBA coverage, visit SB Nation's NBA site.


Final - 1.11.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 28 24 28 35 115
Denver Nuggets 35 33 32 23 123

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New Jersey Nets At Denver Nuggets: West Coast Swing Opens Wednesday Night

The New Jersey Nets open a four-game West Coast road trip Wednesday night when they take on the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Both the Nets and Nuggets are trying to halt two-game losing streaks.

Monday's meeting is the first time the Nets will get to face Nuggets forward Nene since he chose not to sign with them during free agency. His decision to stay in Denver led New Jersey to turn their focus back to Kris Humphries, who has been better than Nene while playing on a one-year $8 million deal.

Denver's back-to-back losses were to the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night on the road and back home Monday against the New Orleans Hornets. Even though the Hornets were playing without star Eric Gordon, the Nuggets still only scored a season-low 81 points.

Before they hit the road, the New Jersey Nets fell to the Miami Heat Saturday night and the Atlanta Hawks on Monday at the Prudential Center in Newark. Despite slow starts in both games, the Nets did manage to show signs of life late in both contests and will try to find a way to get out of the blocks quicker.

Avery Johnson's crew will continue to play shorthanded. Brook Lopez continues to be sidelined by a broken foot, while both DeShawn Stevenson and Damion James will join him on the bench. Memmet Okur is a game-time decision with a balky back but is expected to give it a go.

This will mark the first Western Conference opponent the Nets have faced all season. Last year they were a disastrous 2-13 on the road against the West.

New Jersey will continue their West Coast swing Friday when they take on the Phoenix Suns.




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New Jersey Nets Vs. Atlanta Hawks: Deron Williams, Nets Look To Bounce Back

The New Jersey Nets will try to rebound from Saturday's loss to the Miami Heat when they take on the Atlanta Hawks at the Prudential Center Monday night. In the early stages of this shortened season, this is already the third time these two teams are meeting.

Atlanta first made the trip to Newark for the Nets home opener and promptly destroyed New Jersey by nearly 40. The second meeting was five days later in Atlanta when it was closer, but the Hawks still prevailed by six. This time they meet again on the Nets turf, but New Jersey is still shorthanded, playing without Brook Lopez, Mehmet Okur and Damion James.

Rookie MarShon Brooks told reporters he is about 85 percent right now due to an ankle injury and that he's played through much worse in the past. Look for him to play more than the 24 minute he logged against the Heat.

Deron Williams is fighting through a sore side, but was able to start and contribute a team-high 39 minutes vs. Miami. Helping to take the load off Williams has been Kris Humphries. He's come back from a shoulder injury stronger than ever, putting up his third double-double against the Heat including 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Atlanta won't be at full strength for the matchup. Forward Marvin Williams sprained his ankle over the weekend and didn't make the trip to the Prudential Center.

The Nets have lost eight of the last ten against the Hawks. Opening tip is schedule for 7:30 and you can see the game locally on YES. It's the first game for New Jersey since minority owner Jay-Z and wife Beyonce welcomed baby Blue Ivy Carter into the world. Maybe the baby girl can bring some luck to the Garden State.

Next up for New Jersey is a West Coast trip starting on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.




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Heat 101, Nets 90: New Jersey No Match For LeBron James, Miami

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - LeBron James scored 32 points, dished out nine assists and pulled down seven rebounds in his return to the lineup, as the Miami Heat dominated the New Jersey Nets, 101-90.

James (ankle) and Dwyane Wade (foot) both missed Miami's triple-overtime win over the Hawks on Thursday. Wade was held out for a third straight game on Saturday.

"We turn the ball over, and he's gone," Nets head coach Avery Johnson said of James. "He is a combination of a tight end, wide receiver [and] running back once he gets two or three steps on you."

Chris Bosh tallied 16 points and two blocks for the Heat, who have won 10 consecutive regular season road games dating back to last year. Udonis Haslem added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Miami has won three in a row to improve its NBA-best record to 8-1.

Kris Humphries ended with 25 points and 12 boards for the Nets, who fell to 2-7 on the young season. MarShon Brooks and Anthony Morrow had 12 and 11 points, respectively.


Final - 1.7.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Miami Heat 31 26 21 23 101
New Jersey Nets 18 17 29 26 90

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New Jersey Nets Vs. Miami Heat: LeBron James Visits Newark

The New Jersey Nets will try to follow up their impressive 97-85 victory over the Toronto Raptors with a win against one of the NBA's best, when the Miami Heat visit the Prudential Center Saturday night. After sitting out a victory over the Atlanta Hawks Thursday night, LeBron James will return to the starting lineup while Dwyane Wade will continue to miss time.

Deron Williams returned from a sore side against the Raptors and led the Nets with 24 points and nine assists. He talked about wanting to face the Heat at full strength, but he will have to settle for just having James on the other side of the ball. Anthony Morrow also poured in 24 points against Toronto, but could be limited after undergoing a root canal earlier Saturday.

Explosive rookie MarShon Brooks should return for New Jersey after sitting out Friday night with a sprained ankle, but he will be limited. Center Mehmet Okur played just three minutes in Toronto after suffering back spasms, is day-to-day and won't be able to play against the Heat.

The matchup will be a contrast in styles. The Heat lead the league in scoring with 109.3 points per game, while the Nets are 29th with an average of 84.9. New Jersey has yet to score 100 points in a game and have only reached 90 four times.

Miami didn't miss James and Wade on Thursday, but will certainly welcome their 48.7 points per game back to the court. They can only expect to be carried by the likes of Chris Bosh so many times throughout the season.

The Nets were swept by the Eastern Conference champions last year and have dropped seven straight to the Heat.

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Nets 97, Raptors 85: Losing Streak Ends At Six

The New Jersey Nets put an end to their six-game losing streak Friday night with an 97-85 victory over the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. It was the Nets second victory of the season and first on the road.

Deron Williams returned from a one-game absence due to a sore side and had his best game of the season. The point guard had a game-high 24 points along with nine assists and five rebounds. The Raptors didn't have anyone that could stay in front of Williams.

Anthony Morrow also had 24 for New Jersey, hitting 6-of-10 from beyond the arc, despite butting head with the Raptors Amir Johnson and briefly being attended to by Nets trainers. DeShawn Stevenson, stepping into the starting lineup for the first time as a member of the Nets, added 15 points in 33 minutes.

Of course it wouldn't be a Nets game without a fresh injury. This time it was starting center Mehmet Okur who came up lame after a missed layup after just three minutes. He was diagnosed with back spasms and missed the rest of the game.

The Raptors were led by Jose Calderon's 19 points and eight assists. Andrea Bargnani came into the game having scored at least 20 points in six straight games, but he managed just 17, while DeMar DeRozan had been averaging 18.5 points and was held to three on 1-for-6 shooting from the field.

The victory was the first time in five games New Jersey was able to pull out a victory in Toronto.

There won't be much time for the Nets to savor this win with the Miami Heat waiting for them at the Prudential Center on Saturday night.


Final - 1.6.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 22 26 27 22 97
Toronto Raptors 21 19 24 21 85

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New Jersey Nets At Toronto Raptors: Deron Williams, Kris Humphries Return To The Lineup

The New Jersey Nets will get a few important pieces back Friday night as they attempt to halt a six game losing streak. PG Deron Williams (side) and PF Kris Humphries (shoulder) will return, after missing Wednesday's 89-70 loss to the Boston Celtics, to take on the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.

Forward Damion James is out with a right foot injury that has Nets brass concerned and rookie guard MarShon Brooks will be a game time decision after he rolled his ankle late against the Celtics.

Following their season opening victory over the Washington Wizards, the Nets have been a mess trying to (unsuccessfully) pick up their second victory. Losing Williams and Humphries was just the icing on the dreadful cake.

Williams and Humphries will be welcomed back by Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani, currently 7th in the league in scoring with 24 points per game. He is fresh off a 31-point explosion against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday and is in the midst of a streak of six straight games with 20 ore more points.

With the Nets struggling to defend the three point line, they will also need to get a body on the emerging DeMar DeRozan. The third-year guard is averaging 18.5 points while shooting an incredible 63 percent from beyond the arc.

Toronto has won the last four matchups with New Jersey at the Air Canada Centre.

If New Jersey is unable to finally snap their losing streak Friday night, they have return to Newark and face the Miami Heat, not exactly the best way to return home.




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Nets Vs. Celtics: Ray Allen Out For Boston

The New Jersey Nets, already playing without center Brook Lopez, have to overcome the loss of PG Deron Williams and PF Kris Humphries Wednesday night when they take on the Celtics in Boston. As it turns out, the home team will be playing shorthanded as well.

Guard Ray Allen will sit out Wednesday's matchup as he battles the flu. The veteran sharp shooter had played in every game so far this season and is averaging 20 points and is fresh off a team-high 27 points Monday night in a 100-92 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The happiest person in the arena to hear about Allen's absence is Nets rookie MarShon Brooks. The young guard will be making his first NBA start due to the injury to Williams and was immediately tasked with trying to guard Allen in head coach Avery Johnson's initial game plan.

Even without the All Star, the Celtics will pose quite a challenge for the struggling Nets. Boston lost the first three games of the season while playing without Paul Pierce, but have won three straight since he returned to the lineup.

While neither team will be at full strength, the Nets still have quite the tall task ahead of them.




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Nets Vs. Celtics: Deron Williams Out Vs. Boston With Sore Ribs

If the New Jersey Nets are going to put a stop to their five game losing streak Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics, they are going to have to do it without their best player. Point guard Deron Williams told reporters he is going to sit out the game due a sore side.

Williams was hurt during Monday's loss to the Indiana Pacers when he was involved in a nasty collision on his way to the basket with Tyler Hansbrough. He said after the game he was "fine" but clearly the soreness hasn't gone away enough for him to suit up against the Celtics.

The Nets are already playing without starting center Brook Lopez because of a broken foot and forward Kris Humphries missed the Pacers game with a shoulder injury and will sit out again Wednesday.

Outstanding rookie MarShon Brooks will finally move into the starting lineup in place of Williams, while backup point guard Jordan Farmar will get a chance to play his way out of head coach Avery Johnson's doghouse.




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Pacers 108, Nets 94: George, Pacers Send Nets To Sixth Straight Loss

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Paul George drained five three-pointers en route to 21 points as the Indiana Pacers downed the New Jersey Nets, 108-94, at Prudential Center.

Danny Granger finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while David West contributed 13 points and five rebounds for the Pacers, who improved to 4-1 on the young season. Tyler Hansbrough netted 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench and Dahntay Jones chipped in with 11 points.

"It's always good to get a [win] on the road," Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said. "We're very pleased with our effort."

Deron Williams scored a game-high 22 points to go with eight assists and MarShon Brooks ended his night with 21 points and seven boards for the Nets, who have lost five straight since opening the season with a win. Damion James donated 10 points and five rebounds for New Jersey.

Indiana opened the contest with a 10-3 burst before a three-pointer by Williams stopped the run to make it a four-point game six-plus minutes in.

Indiana shot 52 percent from the floor and 4-of-5 from three-point range to take a 29-21 lead after the opening 12 minutes of play.

A three-pointer by Mehmet Okur with 6:46 left before the break pulled the Nets within two, but Indiana scored the next four points to increase the lead to 39-33 with 5:22 left. The Pacers ended the first half shooting 44 percent from the floor and held a 48-42 advantage.

Indiana led throughout the third quarter, and began to put some distance between themselves and the Nets late in the frame.

Leading 65-60 with 4:19 to go in the quarter, the Pacers went on a 12-2 run to push their lead to 77-62 with 29 seconds left, and they led 77-64 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Pacers kept the Nets at bay the rest of the way, leading by double-digits the entire final quarter, with a George three-pointer with 3:26 to play giving Indiana its largest margin of the night, 100-81.

New Jersey used an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 11 with 1:17 left, but that's as close as it got.

Game Notes

Nets' forward Kris Humphries missed the game due to a sore left shoulder...Indiana shot 53 percent from the floor and 62 percent (13-of-21) from three-point range, while New Jersey shot 37 percent from the floor and 7- of-28 from long distance...New Jersey never led in the game...Indiana outrebounded New Jersey, 42-40...Okur ended with eight points and six rebounds...Roy Hibbert and Darren Collison had nine points apiece for the Pacers.


Final - 1.2.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana Pacers 29 19 29 31 108
New Jersey Nets 21 21 22 30 94

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Cavaliers 98, Nets 82: Losing Streak Reaches Four

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Antawn Jamison poured in a game-high 23 points and pulled down five rebounds, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-82 win over the New Jersey Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.

Daniel Gibson finished with 19 points, while first-overall draft pick Kyrie Irving contributed 13 points and Alonzo Gee netted 11 for the Cavs, who bounced back from an overtime loss at Indiana on Friday.

Despite hitting only one shot, Anderson Varejao ripped down 11 rebounds for Cleveland, which shot an incredible 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from three-point range.

Deron Williams led the Nets with 16 points, Anthony Morrow finished with 15 points. Sundiata Gaines and Kris Humphries totaled 11 points apiece for the Nets, who have lost four straight since opening the season with a win over the Washington Wizards.

After a first quarter that featured four ties and two lead changes, New Jersey held a 27-24 edge. The Nets shot 44 percent from the floor and were led by Williams and Gaines, who finished with six points each in the first frame.

The second quarter was just as close as the first, with the Nets leading by as many as six, and the Cavs leading by as many as five. It was tied five times and featured five lead changes before New Jersey began to pull away slightly.

With the game knotted at 43 and 1:56 to go before the break, the Nets used a 6-0 burst to take a 49-43 lead into the locker room.

The Nets shot 40 percent from the floor and 5-of-11 from three-point range in the opening 24 minutes, while Cleveland shot 45 percent from the field and 6- of-14 from beyond the arc. Williams led the Nets with 12 first-half points, while Gibson paced the Cavs with eight.

The Cavs came alive in the third quarter, outscoring New Jersey, 30-18, to pull away.

Trailing 55-48 three minutes into the quarter, the Cavs went on a 22-8 run to take a 70-63 lead and close out the third quarter leading 73-67.

A three-pointer by Morrow with 9:07 to play in regulation pulled the Nets within 78-76, but Cleveland responded with a 14-2 run to go ahead 92-78 with 3:41 left.

Game Notes

Cleveland now leads the all-time series between the teams, 86-65...Gee set a new career-high with three treys made...Gibson sank five three-pointers...The Cavs shot 49 percent overall, while New Jersey shot just 38 percent...Cleveland outrebounded New Jersey, 36-32...Damion Jones and Mehmet Okur finished with 10 points apiece for New Jersey...The contest featured 11 lead changes and nine ties...The Nets will head to Indiana to face the Pacers on Monday, while Cleveland will host Charlotte on Tuesday.


Final - 1.1.2012 1 2 3 4 Total
New Jersey Nets 27 22 18 15 82
Cleveland Cavaliers 24 19 30 25 98

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