Nets Celebrate New Jersey, But Leave the State With Another Loss

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23: Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets and Nikola Vucevic #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers fight for control of the opening tip-off at Prudential Center on April 23, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Tonight's game is the last home game the Nets will play in New Jersey since the franchise will being moving to play at the Barclays Center in the New York City Borough of Brooklyn for the 2012-13 NBA season. starting in theNOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

NBA basketball in New Jersey came to an end with a 105-87 defeat at the hands of the Sixers on Monday. The Nets celebrated their Jersey history and honored the 2001-02 Eastern Conference championship season with a halftime ceremony, but except for a brief run in the third quarter, the current version of the Nets failed to live up to the night.

The Sixers took control with a 13-0 run early in the first quarter. They led by as many as 15 early in the second quarter and were up 10 at the half. The Nets cut the lead down to one with 3:44 to go in the third, but the Sixers responded and led by eight heading into the fourth. After the Nets cut the lead down to six with the first bucket in the final period, they never got any closer.

The Sixers shot 54 percent from the field, with five players in double-figures. MarShon Brooks led the Nets with 18 points. Kris Humphries added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Gerald Wallace finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Not everyone was feeling nostalgic about the Nets. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wished the Nets "good riddance" on their way to Brooklyn.

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