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Nets Fall Short Again and are Officially Eliminated

Before the Nets had finished their game in Boston Wednesday night, their ticket to the lottery was booked by the Pistons, who trounced the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Nets gave a strong effort against the Celtics, but fell short of an upset once again. The Nets started out hot and led by 10 after the first quarter, but the Celtics scored 37 points in the second and led by as many as nine. The Nets came back to tie it in the third, but never got the lead back. They were down seven with just over a minute to go in the game when Vince Carter got them within two with a late 5-0 run. But with a chance to tie, both Carter and Devin Harris missed contested jumpers on the final possession. Carter led the Nets with 33 points and 12 rebounds. Harris and Keyon Dooling combined for 30 points and 11 assists, while Brook Lopez added 12 points and eight boards. Boston shot 52 percent from the field and was led by Rajon Rondo, who finished with 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.