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Nets Drop One They Needed

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As desperate as the Nets are for wins, they can't seem to solve their road woes, and they fell to the Pacers Friday night in Indiana, splitting the home-and-home. It was a game of runs with neither team providing much defensive resistance for the other. The beginning of each quarter belonged to the Pacers (they led by as many as 14 midway through the second), and the end of each quarter belonged to the Nets (they finished that second period with a 28-7 to take a seven-point lead at the break). In the fourth though, Indiana decided to play some D, and the Nets were not able to answer their 10-2 run (putting Indiana up nine) to start the period. Vince Carter led the Nets with 33 points, but he and Richard Jefferson combined to shoot just 15-of-39 from the field. Devin Harris finished with 27, but only six came in the second half. Harris set career highs in points (27) and field goals (10) and tied career highs in three pointers (4) and field goal attempts (20). Josh Boone had 15 and 16, but Boki Nachbar missed eight of his nine shots. Meanwhile, Indiana hit 14-of-25 from downtown. The loss ensures the Nets of their first losing season since 2000-01 and with Atlanta's win over Chicago, the Nets now trail the Hawks by a game and a half.