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Nets avoid ultimate ignominiousness with 10th victory

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The roars of the crowd and the shouts from the public address announcer made it feel like this was a huge win.

For the Nets, though, there wasn't much celebrating. Just relief.

The Nets notched their 10th victory Monday, avoiding any chance of tying for the worst record in NBA history by beating the shorthanded Spurs 90-84.

"You don't thank God, but you don't want to go down as the worst team in the history of the game," reserve guard Keyon Dooling said.

Brook Lopez had 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who improved to 10-64. The 1972-73 76ers, 9-73, will remain the league's worst team.

With Manu Ginobili (back spasms) joining Tony Parker on the injured list and Tim Duncan having a poor shooting game (6-of-15 from the field, 13 points and 12 rebounds), the Spurs had few answers on the second night of a back-to-back after an impressive victory at Boston on Sunday.

Nets 90, Spurs 84

SAN ANTONIO (84): Jefferson 5-11 6-7 16, Duncan 6-15 1-4 13, McDyess 0-2 0-0 0, Hill 8-19 2-2 19, Bogans 0-2 1-4 1, Mason 3-5 0-0 7, Bonner 4-11 0-1 10, Blair 5-9 1-2 11, Temple 1-4 0-0 3, Hairston 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 34-82 11-20 84.

NEW JERSEY (90): Hayes 1-5 0-0 3, Yi 3-12 2-2 8, Lopez 7-14 8-9 22, Harris 6-16 4-6 17, Lee 7-13 3-3 19, Williams 4-13 4-4 13, Douglas-Roberts 0-1 0-0 0, Humphries 2-4 0-0 4, Boone 0-1 0-0 0, Dooling 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 32-85 21-24 90.

San Antonio 33 13 20 18— 84

New Jersey 27 16 19 28— 90

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 5-15 (Bonner 2-7, Mason 1-1, Temple 1-1, Hill 1-3, Jefferson 0-1, Bogans 0-2), New Jersey 5-19 (Lee 2-3, Williams 1-3, Harris 1-4, Hayes 1-5, Yi 0-1, Dooling 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsSan Antonio 66 (Duncan 12), New Jersey 47 (Lopez 12). AssistsSan Antonio 23 (Jefferson 5), New Jersey 19 (Harris 9). Total FoulsSan Antonio 19, New Jersey 19. TechnicalsSan Antonio defensive three second 2. A13,053 (18,974).

Raptors 103, Bobcats 101

TORONTO (103): Wright 7-11 0-0 15, Bosh 10-19 2-3 22, Bargnani 6-14 1-2 16, Calderon 4-8 2-3 10, Weems 3-5 0-2 6, Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Turkoglu 4-9 0-0 11, Evans 0-1 1-2 1, Jack 2-5 7-8 12, DeRozan 3-5 2-4 8. Totals 40-79 15-24 103.

CHARLOTTE (101): Wallace 7-15 3-4 17, Diaw 5-12 0-0 11, Ratliff 0-1 3-4 3, Felton 7-12 0-0 18, Jackson 5-13 6-7 18, Chandler 1-1 6-8 8, Hughes 3-6 5-6 13, Augustin 3-6 0-0 9, Graham 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 32-69 25-31 101.

Toronto 18 25 29 31— 103

Charlotte 18 29 31 23— 101

3-Point GoalsToronto 8-18 (Bargnani 3-5, Turkoglu 3-6, Jack 1-2, Wright 1-4, Calderon 0-1), Charlotte 12-24 (Felton 4-5, Augustin 3-3, Hughes 2-3, Jackson 2-5, Diaw 1-4, Graham 0-1, Wallace 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsToronto 48 (Bosh 11), Charlotte 43 (Wallace 8). AssistsToronto 22 (Calderon 7), Charlotte 29 (Felton, Diaw 7). Total FoulsToronto 25, Charlotte 20. TechnicalsBargnani, Wright, Toronto defensive three second, Jackson. A14,534 (19,077).

Hornets 108, Lakers 100

L.A. LAKERS (100): Artest 6-14 1-1 14, Odom 4-13 1-3 10, Gasol 11-21 4-4 26, Fisher 3-11 0-0 7, Bryant 10-18 9-11 31, Farmar 3-8 0-1 8, Brown 0-4 2-2 2, Powell 0-1 0-0 0, Mbenga 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 38-91 17-22 100.

NEW ORLEANS (108): Peterson 1-5 2-4 5, West 7-15 6-8 20, Okafor 3-8 2-5 8, Paul 5-11 4-4 15, Thornton 5-13 5-6 18, Posey 3-5 4-4 13, Collison 6-9 3-3 17, Gray 1-1 0-0 2, Songaila 5-6 0-0 10. Totals 36-73 26-34 108.

L.A. Lakers 22 20 21 37— 100

New Orleans 27 23 27 31— 108

3-Point GoalsL.A. Lakers 7-29 (Farmar 2-4, Bryant 2-5, Odom 1-3, Fisher 1-7, Artest 1-8, Brown 0-2), New Orleans 10-23 (Posey 3-5, Thornton 3-9, Collison 2-2, Paul 1-2, Peterson 1-5). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Lakers 56 (Gasol 22), New Orleans 47 (Okafor 13). AssistsL.A. Lakers 18 (Bryant 6), New Orleans 22 (Paul 13). Total FoulsL.A. Lakers 27, New Orleans 20. A18,206 (17,188).

Mavericks 109, Nuggets 93

DENVER (93): Anthony 3-16 3-3 10, Nene 3-4 8-12 14, Petro 0-2 0-0 0, Billups 3-14 4-4 11, Afflalo 2-6 0-0 4, Allen 2-5 2-2 7, Smith 10-16 4-6 27, Andersen 0-0 0-0 0, Graham 4-5 2-3 10, Lawson 5-9 0-0 10, Carter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 32-78 23-30 93.

DALLAS (109): Marion 9-13 3-3 21, Nowitzki 7-17 16-17 34, Haywood 5-7 0-2 10, Kidd 2-6 2-2 8, Butler 4-11 0-0 10, Terry 6-10 0-0 15, Najera 0-2 0-0 0, Beaubois 2-7 0-0 5, Dampier 2-4 0-0 4, Carroll 1-2 0-0 2, Stevenson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 38-81 21-24 109.

Denver 23 23 23 24— 93

Dallas 31 24 24 30— 109

3-Point GoalsDenver 6-20 (Smith 3-6, Anthony 1-1, Allen 1-1, Billups 1-7, Carter 0-1, Graham 0-1, Afflalo 0-1, Lawson 0-2), Dallas 12-22 (Nowitzki 4-5, Terry 3-5, Butler 2-2, Kidd 2-4, Beaubois 1-4, Carroll 0-1, Najera 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 52 (Anthony 9), Dallas 47 (Nowitzki 10). AssistsDenver 12 (Billups 6), Dallas 27 (Kidd, Nowitzki 10). Total FoulsDenver 20, Dallas 25. TechnicalsDenver defensive three second, Terry. A20,085 (19,200).

Jazz 103, Knicks 98

NEW YORK (98): Gallinari 2-10 4-4 9, Walker 3-5 0-0 9, Lee 7-9 2-2 16, McGrady 4-8 5-7 13, Douglas 2-7 1-2 5, Harrington 8-20 7-10 26, House 3-8 0-0 6, Rodriguez 6-10 0-0 14. Totals 35-77 19-25 98.

UTAH (103): Miles 4-9 0-0 9, Boozer 11-16 4-5 26, Okur 6-10 0-0 13, Williams 8-16 2-3 23, Matthews 5-8 0-0 12, Millsap 5-8 4-8 14, Korver 1-9 2-2 4, Price 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 41-80 12-18 103.

New York 30 30 27 11— 98

Utah 44 20 23 16— 103

3-Point GoalsNew York 9-28 (Walker 3-5, Harrington 3-9, Rodriguez 2-3, Gallinari 1-6, House 0-1, McGrady 0-2, Douglas 0-2), Utah 9-16 (Williams 5-8, Matthews 2-3, Okur 1-1, Miles 1-2, Price 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 45 (Harrington 17), Utah 48 (Boozer 14). AssistsNew York 16 (McGrady 6), Utah 24 (Williams 14). Total FoulsNew York 19, Utah 21. A19,911 (19,911).

Nets avoid ultimate ignominiousness with 10th victory 03/29/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 1:12am]

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