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Nets Drop Third Straight

The Nets don't control their own destiny, but that wouldn't really matter, because they can't win the games they need anyway. They fell to the Sixers 108-99 at the IZOD Center Tuesday night, their third straight loss. The Nets made their first 10 shots of the game, but the Sixers were hot too and they led by three after a first quarter in which the teams combined to shoot 69 percent. Philly led by as many as nine in the second, but the Nets fought back and the game was tied at the break. The Sixers took back control in the third and led by nine again early in the fourth. The Nets cut it down to two with four minutes to go, but the Sixers answered with a 9-2 run to put them away. For the game, the Nets shot 50 percent from the field, but they committed 16 turnovers. Vince Carter and Devin Harris combined for 51 points, but Richard Jefferson scored just 14. Atlanta's magic number to eliminate the Nets is down to five.