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Nets Get Offensive and Take Back Eighth

The Nets recovered from their ugly defeat in Chicago--and from another bad second quarter--to beat the Hawks at the IZOD Center Wednesday night and take back the eighth spot (by virtue of a tiebreaker) in the East. The Nets gave up 35 points in each of the first two quarters and trailed by 13 early in the third, but they then went on a 20-6 run to take the lead. They built on it, scoring 34 points in the third, leading by as many as 14 midway through the fourth, and holding on for an eight-point victory. The Nets' new "Big Three" combined for 98 points. Vince Carter had his best game of the season, exploding for 39 points on 17-of-26 shooting, while also grabbing 10 boards and dishing out eight assists. Richard Jefferson added 33 points on 10-of-17, while Devin Harris pitched in with a career high 26 points and nine dimes, despite his bad ankle. It's the fourth time in 11 games that Harris has tied or exceeded a career high, previously setting new personal standards in three pointers, assists, and rebounds. As a team, the Nets shot 58 percent from the field, including 11-of-18 from downtown.