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Nets go off on Suns

New Jersey solid in 110-72 dismantling

March 28, 2006

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New Jersey Nets' Richard Jefferson, left, dunks the ball as Phoenix Suns' Leandro Barbosa, of Brazil, looks on during second quarter NBA basketball Monday night, March 27, 2006 in East Rutherford, N.J. Jefferson scored 16 points as the Nets beat the Suns, 110-72.

New Jersey Nets' Richard Jefferson, left, dunks the ball as Phoenix Suns' Leandro Barbosa, of Brazil, looks on during second quarter NBA basketball Monday night, March 27, 2006 in East Rutherford, N.J. Jefferson scored 16 points as the Nets beat the Suns, 110-72.

— New Jersey's dominance of Phoenix was so stunning that Nets coach Lawrence Frank had trouble keeping track of it.

Nenad Krstic had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Nets won their ninth straight game, holding the Suns to their lowest point total of the season in a 110-72 rout Monday night.

"Midway through the third quarter, I was working on my math skills," Frank said. "I said to one of the assistants, 'We're up what?' I couldn't figure out what it was. No one could have expected this. I had to look up at the scoreboard a couple of times to make sure the math was right."

Vince Carter added 20 points for the Nets (41-28), who trimmed their magic number to clinch the Atlantic Division to five and the number to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff berth to two.

Heat 96, Pacers 91

Miami - Shaquille O'Neal had 23 points and 11 rebounds, Dwyane Wade survived a tough offensive night to score 22, and Miami rallied.

Jazz 104, Hornets 80

Salt Lake City - Deron Williams had 20 points and five assists, and Utah ended a two-game losing streak.

Wizards 116, Warriors 98

Oakland, Calif. - Gilbert Arenas scored 40, and Antawn Jamison added 31 as the former Warriors beat their old team.

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