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As Talks End, Nets' Team Effort Tops Jazz

January 19th, 2011

NEWARK, N.J.Led by seven players in double figures, the Nets withstood a late push to down the Utah Jazz, 103-95, on Russian Night at Prudential Center. Deron Williams (20 points, 10 assists), Andrei Kirilenko (17 points, 8 rebounds), and Al Jefferson (21 points, 8 rebounds) put up good numbers in defeat.

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As Talks End, Nets' Team Effort Tops Jazz
The biggest news broke before the game, but the Nets made sure some attention stayed center-court, upsetting the Jazz at Prudential Center on Wednesday, 103-95. Relieved of any anticipation that they might soon be wearing Nuggets or Pistons uniforms, the Nets (11-31) responded with an impressive victory, led by 20 points from Brook Lopez and eight assists each from Devin Harris and Jordan Farmar.

Seven Nets finished the game as double-digit scorers: starters Lopez, Harris (14), Travis Outlaw (13) and Derrick Favors (12), along with Sasha Vujacic (15), Kris Humphries (12) and Farmar (11) off the bench. They held the Jazz (27-15) to .416 shooting, and most importantly found offensive answers for several runs, conquering a season-long weakness.

It was the first time (we played a full) four quarters: we gave up a little bit of the lead, but we bounced back, Harris said. They made a run, but we countered that run. We continued to score the ball; we didnt have any scoring lulls in the fourth quarter and that was key. Our defense wasnt the greatest at points, but as long as we keep scoring the ball and getting stops when we need to, I think well be fine.

Harris, one of the rumored key components in any potential trade, found out about the Nets tactical withdrawal shortly after the games conclusion, tipped off by a YES broadcaster just before going live on the air. He said that, due to the timing, most of the team had no idea, and he was proud of them for coming out and playing so well from the start after a rough, 0-4 West Coast swing.

Perhaps most prominently, rookie forward Favors posted 12 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, providing energy and a few crowd-pleasing aerials. The 6-foot-10 rookie was thrust in the middle of the rumor whirlwind from the beginning of the season, and now his development becomes the teams focal point for the second half.

I found out right before the game, Favors said. A reporter had come up to me and that was my first time hearing it. I was actually excited, because I dont have to worry about it any more.

Favors admitted the rumors had bothered him, in that the frequent question-and-answer sessions quickly proved tedious. But Favors responded to his coachs pregame challenge to show him something impressive.

Avery Johnson recalled: I told him, When I was 19 years old, I was trying to pass a trigonometry test. Youre 19 and youre in the NBA. Do something. Make me jump out of my seat. I want to see you go for a block, just come out of nowhere, dunk on somebody, just come out of nowhere and just do something, get me excited. I thought he tried to make some plays tonight.

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