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Turnovers, Rebounds Cost Nets Down Stretch

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There was a bit of deja vu in the air in Portland Friday night. Again the Nets had a chance to take over eighth place in the East. Again they had a double-digit lead in the second half. And again, they blew it. With the Nets turning the ball over on consecutive possessions, a 10-2 run midway through the fourth quarter gave the Blazers their first lead since early on. The game went back and forth after that, but LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed offensive rebounds on three straight Blazer possessions, the last one resulting in a Steve Blake three that put them up for good. The Nets turned the ball over again with a chance to tie it and a Nicolas Batum three put the game away with 15 seconds to go. Brandon Roy shot just 8-21 from the field, but led all scorers with 31 points thanks to 17 trips to the free throw line. The Blazers went to the line 45 times as a team. Devin Harris led the Nets with 27 points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Brook Lopez added 22 points and six boards. Vince Carter finished with 19 points, but shot just 8-20 and fouled out with 1:54 to go.