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Nets Lose Late Lead to Hornets

It looked like another Nets comeback at the IZOD Center Sunday night, but the Hornets turned it around just in time to end the Nets' two-game winning streak. The Hornets led most of the way and were up 13 early in the third quarter, but the Nets climbed all the way back, thanks to 26 points combined from Devin Harris and Vince Carter in the period. They took the lead briefly late in the third and were up four with a minute and a half to go in the fourth. A Rasual Butler three and a Chris Paul jumper put the Hornets up one with 40 seconds to go and Paul then stole the ball on the other end. Harris missed two off-balance threes that would have tied the game. He and Carter had 26 points apiece for the Nets, with Harris adding 14 assists. The Nets held the Hornets to 40 percent shooting, but allowed them to get to the line 32 times and grab 12 offensive rebounds. David West led New Orleans with 32 points and 11 boards. Harris finished the week with an averages of 35.7 ppg and 9.3 apg in three games. It was Carter's biggest scoring night since Feb. 17.