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Nets Lose Harris, Lose to Mavs

The Nets lost their sixth straight game Thursday in Dallas, falling to the Mavs 102-89. But the greater loss may have been that of Devin Harris, who left the game late in the first quarter with a sprained left shoulder.

X-rays are negative. Harris lost two games in February to the same injury to the same shoulder.

The end of the first period was when the Mavs really took control of the game. The Nets were playing catch-up the rest of the night and trailed by as many as 21 points early in the third period. A 24-8 run got them to within five late in the third, but the Mavs answered and kept the Nets at bay in the fourth.

Defense was the problem for the second straight game, as Dallas shot 55 percent from the field, led by Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler, who missed just six of their 21 shots. The Nets were led by Brook Lopez's 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Anthony Morrow added 21 points and Kris Humphries recorded his sixth double-double of the season. But Damion James was a non-factor in his first career start and Jordan Farmar shot just 4-for-12 in place of Harris. Derrick Favors missed the game with a bruised thigh.