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Nets' Late Comeback Falls Short Against Pacers

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The Nets had a chance to play spoiler on Monday, but without Deron Williams, they just didn't have the firepower to hang with the eighth-place Pacers at the Prudential Center, losing another early lead before falling 102-98.

The Nets played without Damion James, who's suffering from soreness in his surgically repaired foot.

The Nets held the Pacers to just 15 points in the first quarter and led by 12 midway through the second. But Indiana cut the lead to two by halftime and went ahead with a 9-0 run to start the third. Another 9-0 run late in the period put the Pacers up 11. The Nets made a late run but Sundiata Gaines and Sasha Vujacic eached missed threes to tie in the final seconds.

The Nets shot just 40 percent for the game. Brook Lopez led them again with 20 points, with Gaines adding 18 off the bench. Kris Humphries' double-double streak came to an end. He finished with nine points and 14 boards.  In his first extended minutes as a Net, Brandan Wright had two points on 1-for-6 shooting and four rebounds in  nine and a half minutes. The Nets didn't have a player older than 29 on the court for the fifth straight game.