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Ugly Second Half Sends Nets to Loss No. 42

The Nets are guaranteed a losing record after falling to the Sixers for the third time this season. The Nets led by two at halftime, but scored just 12 points in the third quarter as Philly went up nine. The Nets got back to within two with less than three minutes to go in the game, but couldn't score on their next three possessions and a contest Jarvis Hayes three to tie the game in the final seconds fell way short. The Nets shot just 39 percent from the field for the game and got to the line just 10 times. Hayes and Brook Lopez finished with 18 points apiece, Yi Jianlian finished with 15 points and 12 boards, and Keyon Dooling added 13 points and seven assists. In extended minutes, Terrence Williams had 11 rebounds, six points and three assists. Before the game, motivational speaker Joachim de Posada talked to the team about the power of will and demonstrated his belief by sticking a needle in his cheek.