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Hot Shooting Helps Nets Finish Road Trip Strong

After suffering through an ugly five-game losing streak, the Nets now head home with two straight wins and in the seventh position in the Eastern Conference. They shot 58% from the field Tuesday night in Oklahoma City and, after losing a late seven-point lead, held on to beat the Hornets. After a tight first 12 minutes, the Nets built 13-point leads in both the second and third quarters, but the Hornets closed the gap by the end of each period and the game was tied early in the fourth. Thanks to some hot shooting from Eddie House, the Nets led by seven with a little over two minutes to go. The Hornets then scored 11 points in the next four possessions to tie it back up, but Vince Carter got to the line for two with 21 seconds to go, Chris Paul caughed the ball up on the other side of the floor and the Nets finished the game at the free throw line. Richard Jefferson led all scorers with 26 points on 9-of-12 from the field, Carter pitched in 21 and an under-the-weather Jason Kidd finished with 18 points, six rebounds and 12 assists.