Nets Respond With Comeback Win Over Blazers Who Call Team Meeting

Less than 24 hours after a poor effort in Philadelphia, the Nets answered Avery Johnson's challenge with a 98-96 win over the Blazers at the Prudential Center.

"Big character win for us tonight," said the coach. "They were highly motivated, energized and focused. It was that way throughout the game."

The game went back and forth in the first half, but the Blazers ended the second quarter on a 12-3 run and led by eight at the break. They went up 12 early in the third, but the Nets came back to take the lead early in the fourth, and the game was tight from then on. Devin Harris put his team ahead 92-89 with a three with 1:12 left and the Nets got enough stops and free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

The Nets shot 53 percent from the field and 7-for-14 from 3-point range, but, thanks to turnovers and poor rebounding, attempted 19 fewer shots than the Blazers did. Harris led them with 25 points and eight assists, hitting seven of his 12 shots. Anthony Morrow added 16 points, hitting three of six from downtown. And the Nets got solid production from each of their three power forwards. Kris Humphries, Derrick Favors and Troy Murphy combined for 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks, while shooting 9-for-10.

The loss, which dropped the Blazers to 8-8, was so devastating it sparked a players-only meeting after the game.

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