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  • Nets 107, Heat 103: Udonnis Haslem forced overtime with an off-balance shot at the end of regulation, but the Nets shook it off. The overtime wasn't pretty, but it's the results that count. Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter had their moments in the son, but Malik Allen had 18 points (on 9-of-11 shooting) and tormented the team with which he started his NBA career.

    At last place in the NBA's Eastern Conference, Miami isn't the power that won the title two years ago. But they're not as dysfunctional as their record suggests, and the Nets -- especially Lawrence Frank -- won't be picky about quality of opposition at this point. They had lost six of seven entering Thursday's game. They'll try to enter Christmas in a cheerful mood when they take on Golden State at home on Saturday. Then they're idle until facing Detroit on Wednesday.


  • Wild 6, Rangers 3: What do they call it when someone scores five goals? Don't ask the Rangers. They had no answers for Marian Gaborik, who did just that. It was the first time in 11 years that someone lit the lamp five times. Michal Rozsival, Martin Straka and Nigel Dawes had the New York goals. The Rangers are just 2-5-1 in their last eight games, and they play at a tough Colorado team Friday night.