EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -Shaquille O'Neal shredded a net on a basket while being fouled on a shot attempt on Saturday night, causing a nine-minute delay in the second quarter of the Phoenix Suns' game with the New Jersey Nets.
O'Neal, who has torn down a basket or two while dunking in his career, grabbed the bottom of net and pulled most of it off its hooks after being fouled by DeSagana Diop with 9:11 left before halftime.
Workmen at the Izod Center needed only a couple of minutes to get a ladder on the court, but they took a couple of minutes longer finding a replacement net.
O'Neal made 1 of 3 free throws when play resumed at 8:20 p.m. He got an extra one because of a lane violation by New Jersey on the second free throw. It didn't help.

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