Monday night marks end of N.J. Nets era

April, 23, 2012
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This is it. The time has come.

On Monday night, the Nets will play their final game in New Jersey, ending a 35-year (or rather, 36-year) run in the Garden State.

Next season, the franchise will move to Brooklyn and the $1 billion Barclays Center, something it’s been trying to do since 2004.

Ever since, things haven’t been the same. And recently, Prudential Center has been raided by Knicks and Celtics fans.

No wonder many aren’t feeling too nostalgic over the team leaving.

Still, the Nets had several indelible moments in New Jersey that can’t be overlooked.

Most of them involve Jason Kidd, who will go down as the greatest Net of All-Time.

Before Kidd arrived in 2001, the Nets hadn’t won a playoff game in seven years.

But the superstar point guard guided New Jersey to consecutive NBA Finals appearances -- the first two times the Nets had ever reached the Finals in franchise history.

The Nets still haven’t won an NBA championship. That’s been as close as they’ve come.

On Monday night, in front of a sellout crowd, the Nets will honor players and coaches, past and present.

Then they’ll turn the page and move forward. As their slogan says, “Jersey Strong. Brooklyn Ready.”

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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POINTS
Joe Johnson
PTS AST STL MIN
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OTHER LEADERS
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