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Nets forward Jefferson to undergo ankle surgery

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New Jersey Nets forward Richard Jefferson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle
Monday.

The team gave no timetable for his return.

Jefferson had been bothered by ankle pain since before the start
of the season, and left a game against Miami on Nov. 10 after
landing on the foot of Miami's Shaquille O'Neal. He has missed six
of New Jersey's 40 games and is averaging 16 points and 4.5
rebounds.

In his most recent game, he scored 17 points in New Jersey's
101-94 win over Orlando on Saturday.