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Hornets Hand Nets Fourth Straight Loss with Harris Hurting

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We now know how Devin Harris would respond to being benched by Lawrence Frank: not well. Still bothered by his sore ribs (he was unable to play in the fourth quarter), Harris shot just 1-11 from the field and was completely outplayed by Chris Paul Wednesday night as the Nets fell to the shorthanded Hornets in New Orleans. Lawrence Frank said Harris would go for further tests Thursday. X-rays taken before the Nets left New Jersey proved negative. Behind strong play from their bench, the Nets led most of the first half, but the Hornets took the lead in the final seconds of the second quarter. They then took control with a 16-2 run early in the third. The Nets cut what was a 16-point lead down to five in the final minutes, but missed on two chances to make it a one-possession game and Paul put them away with a three-point play with 58 seconds to go. Paul finished with 29 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Vince Carter led the Nets with 20 points, while Bobby Simmons added 16. Ryan Anderson had a career-high 10 rebounds.