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Jason Kidd, Nets deny tanking

Updated: April 19, 2014, 3:13 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets dismissed rampant speculation that they tanked down the stretch to set up a first-round playoff matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

The Nets, who maintain that they were trying to make sure their veterans got rest and the team stayed healthy, lost four of their final five games -- with three coming against teams that finished in the lottery.

Brooklyn did not send any of its starters to Cleveland for Wednesday's regular-season finale. The Nets ...

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