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Defense, Balance Keys Again as Nets Beat Sixers

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The Nets improved to three games over .500 for the first time since last Nov. 8 with a 95-84 win in Philadelphia Saturday night. Devin Harris led the way with 27 points and Vince Carter was two assists away from a triple-double, but for the second straight night, the Nets won with defense while getting balance on the offensive end. The Nets led by as many as nine points late in the first quarter and early in the second, but the Sixers hung around and had chances to tie it midway through the fourth. They never did and the Nets eventually pulled away. Harris added eight assists to his 27 points, while Carter finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Yi Jianlian pitched in with 12 points and seven rebounds, Brook Lopez added 11 boards, Bobby Simmons shot well and Keyon Dooling hit two big threes in the fourth. The Nets got to the line just 16 times, but hit 11 of their 26 attempts from three point range and held Philly to just 36 percent shooting on the other end. Harris is now the NBA's leading road scorer at 28 ppg.