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Defense Fuels Carter-less Comeback for Nets

After losing Vince Carter to an ankle injury Saturday night in Philadelphia, the Nets came up with their best defensive quarter of the season to come back and beat the Sixers by two. The game was close for most of the first half, but the Sixers took an eight-point lead into halftime. They were up by as many as 17 in the third quarter, but the Nets cut it down to 10 going into the fourth and down to one by holding the Sixers without a field goal for the final 10:38 and giving up only nine points over the last 16:16. The Nets missed multiple opportunities to tie it or take the lead before Brook Lopez put them up one with a follow dunk with 16 seconds to go. After a Louis Williams miss and a Jarvis Hayes free throw, Trenton Hassell and Devin Harris each blocked a Sixer shot to seal the victory. Lopez led the Nets with 24 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. Lopez's 17 boards were the most by a Nets' center since Jamie Feick grabbed 25 in January 2000. Harris added 17 points and six assists. Carter turned his right ankle twice in the second half and finished with just seven points on 3-9 shooting. He said after the game he expects to play Tuesday vs. the Bucks. Bobby Simmons left the game in the second quarter with a lower abdominal strain.