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The 2009–10 New Jersey Nets Will Have No Place in History

The Sports Section would like to formally congratulate the New Jersey Nets for winning for the third time in their last four games, beating a depleted Spurs team 90–84. The win matters because it is the Nets' tenth, one more than the 1972–73 Philadelphia 76ers, the team with the worst record in NBA history. So, the final year in East Rutherford won't end up being historic after all. Fitting: With a chance for the Nets to be sent out in a blaze of ignominy, they instead exit with the typical dribble of emptiness. These Nets coulda been somebody. They coulda been legends. Stupid three wins in four games.

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