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Nets Escape Sacramento With a Win

This was the one game the Nets really needed to win on their trip and they got it ... barely. The Nets led by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter, but for the second straight night, that's when they started to lose their grip on the game. Sacramento came all the way back and was up six with 34 seconds to go, but the Nets pulled another one out of their hat. John Salmons missed two of his four free throws down the stretch while Devin Harris, who had struggled most of the night, scored on a drive and then hit a three to tie the game with 7.1 seconds to go. The Nets then got a stop to send the game to overtime. Vince Carter had to leave the game in OT with a leg cramp, but Harris gave the Nets a one-point lead with a jumper with 12 seconds to go. Another stop and a Jarvis Hayes free throw later, the Nets came away with the win. Carter led the Nets with 25 points, while Brook Lopez added 20 points, eight boards and three blocks. Harris finished with 18 points and seven assists and Keyon Dooling scored 17 points, including two huge threes in overtime.