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When an NBA team is 44 games into their season before they get their fourth win, it’s newsworthy. Welcome to the 2010 New Jersey Nets, who finally got their first win of the new year by beating the Los Angeles Clippers, 103-87. Now their record stands at sterling 4-40.

Four wins and forty losses.

It’s hard to put into words the level of futility that’s been on display from the Nets, but hey, a win’s a win. Who knows, maybe this will launch the Nets on a 38-game winning streak, of course, the team would still be below .500, but hey, who’s counting (besides those pesky league standings keepers)? Terrence Williams — who is experiencing something of a rookie letdown since he joined the Association — provided highlight(s) for this rare Nets victory:

As for the Nets, the win is their first since December 30, when they beat the New York Knicks. That was preceded by the December 8th win against the Chicago Bulls. The Nets’ initial win came against on December 4th against the Charlotte Bobcats.

That’s it. That’s the list.

As an example of the Nets’ futility, a comparison: As indicated, the Nets have four wins all season. Conversely, in the last 12 days (starting from January 16th), the Cleveland Cavaliers have won six games.

If the Nets want to avoid eclipsing the 1972 Philadelphia 76ers for worst NBA record ever, they have their work cut out for them. The 76ers record was a paltry 9-73, meaning New Jersey need six wins in their final 38 games. Considering the Nets have only won four out of 44, I’d say the odds are against them.