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Nets Lose Late Lead, Fall in Indiana

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In a tense and critical game in Indiana Wednesday night, Jason Kidd gave the Nets a 6 point lead with a steal and layup with 2:36 to play. Reggie Miller then scored 7 points on the next two Pacer possessions (sandwiching a Kidd free throw) to tie the game. The Nets couldn't get any buckets when they needed them, with Vince Carter missing two big shots, Clifford Robinson missing a 3 to take the lead and Kidd missing a 3 to tie in the last minute. Indiana finished the game on a 13-3 run to clinch a playoff spot and knock the Nets back to 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for the 8th spot in the East. Kidd led the Nets with 29 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists, shooting 10 of 19 from the field. Carter seemed tentative late in the game, and was not the leading scorer for just the second time in the last 17 games. The Nets had led by 11 at the half, but the Pacers came back to take a 2 point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.