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Second Quarter Collapse Sends Nets to Eighth Straight Road Loss

A historic second quarter collapse put the Nets in a huge hole against the Bulls Tuesday and worse, they lost Devin Harris to a recurrence of the ankle sprain that cost him a month earlier this season. X-rays were negative but he is day-to-day. Chicago outscored New Jersey, 29-8, in the quarter, shooting flawlessly from the arc. The eight points tied a franchise record for futility. The Nets, led by Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson, made a valiant run to get within nine at the start of the fourth but the Bulls went on a 24-10 tear over the next eight and a half minutes. It was the Nets' eighth straight road loss and put them a game behind the Hawks in the playoff race. Carter led the Nets with 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting, while Richard Jefferson had 21 on 9-for-13 shooting and 8-for-10 from the line. Marcus Williams had a career-high four three pointers and 16 points filling in for Harris while Stromile Swift and Maurice Ager had 8 each, Ager's coming in the last five minutes. The Bulls had five players in double figures, including Luol Deng with 20 and Drew Gooden with 19. Gooden also had 11 rebounds as the Bulls out boarded the Nets, 46-37.