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The Nets Are Changing the Way You Think About 4–40

We can't let too much of the day pass without pointing out that the New Jersey Nets, in a heroic display of intestinal fortitude, played a basketball game in East Rutherford last night that ended with them having more points than their opponents. Sixteen more, actually, beating the Clippers 103–87 thanks to ten fourth-quarter points from Keyon Dooling, tapping into heretofore unknown qualities of maximum clutchness. As Filip Bondy pointed out this morning, the win moves the Nets slightly farther away from historical ineptitude and slightly closer to anonymity: Now they only have to go 6–32 the rest of the season to avoid the worst record in NBA history, rather than 7–31. Which is something. Oh, and we're fairly certain Bondy was sitting by himself in the press row.

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