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Sharp Offense Paces Nets

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The Nets didn't seem to mind playing at Indiana's fast pace, scoring early and often and picking up their second straight win Wednesday night at the IZOD Center. The Nets led by 13 early on and by as many as 16 late in the second quarter. But the Pacers are a team that can catch up quickly, and that's what they did. It was a tie game by the middle of the third period, but Indiana never took the lead, the Nets scored 21 points in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the quarter to take back control, and they were able to withstand any runs the Pacers made in the fourth. The Nets shot 54 percent and had five players with at least 18 points, led by Josh Boone, who scored a career-high 26. Devin Harris had a career-high 15 assists to go a long with his 22 points, Richard Jefferson had seven dimes of his own, Vince Carter had 14 boards and Boki Nachbar scored 15 of his 18 points in the third quarter. Atlanta beat Milwaukee, so the Hawks remain 1/2 game ahead of the Nets for the eighth spot in the East.