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Nets Escape With OT Win Over Sixers

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It was another ugly game at IZOD Center Saturday night, but the Nets were able to overcome this first-half, double-digit deficit and used a strong defensive effort to pull out an overtime victory over the Sixers. The Nets couldn't get a stop in the first quarter, couldn't get a bucket in the second, and the result was a 16-point Philly lead at the break. Neither team could score early in the third, but the Nets eventually rediscovered their offense and were able to cut the Sixers' lead down to one by the end of the period. The two teams traded leads in the fourth and with the game tied, Vince Carter missed a runner in the lane at the end of regulation. Philly went scoreless for the first 3:54 of OT and Vince Carter gave the Nets a five-point lead with 15 seconds to go. They couldn't put the game away at the free throw line though, so a Willie Green halfcourt heave could have won it for Philly at the buzzer, but it fell short. Carter and Richard Jefferson combined to score 47 points, but they shot just 14-of-38 from the field. Jason Kidd's four three-pointers moved him into 15th place on the career three list, by passing Vernon Maxwell and Cliff Robinson.