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Nets End Slide With Nail-Biter Over Hawks

The Nets had another game come down to the final possession Wednesday night in Atlanta, and this time the opponents' shot was off the mark. Somebody named Jeremy Richardson missed a jumper that could have won the game for the Hawks with two seconds to go and the Nets ended their four-game losing streak. With the Nets turning the ball over nine times in the first half, Atlanta led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter. But the Nets slowly made their way back and took the lead late in the third. They led by six with less than three minutes to go, but a 9-2 Atlanta run capped by a Joe Johnson tip-in of his own miss gave the Hawks a one-point lead with 14 seconds to go. Vince Carter then drove to the basket for a layup, putting the Nets back ahead and leading to Richardson's miss on the other end. Carter grabbed the board and hit one of two free throws with one tenth of a second to go to give the Nets a two-point victory. Carter led the Nets with 22 points and nine boards, Mikki Moore added 19 and six, and Eddie House carried the Nets' offense through much of the first half, scoring 13 of his 16 points before the break. On the other end of the floor, Antoine Wright helped hold Johnson to just 10 points on 5-of-16 from the field. It was the eighth time in the past 12 games that a Nets game was decided by one or two points. Only one other team in NBA history had such a stretch: The Pistons in 1957-58.