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Lopez Leads Nets to Third Straight Win

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The Nets were missing their new star (who became a father for the fourth time), but they finally got their first three-game winning streak in more than two years, outlasting the Warriors 94-90 at the Prudential Center on Wednesday. The Nets won four straight in January-February 2009. Only Brook Lopez remains from that team.

The Nets reached another milestone with the win, a .500 record at home...16-16. "I don't think (the Nets') size killed us as much as their effort," Stephen Curry said after the game.

The Nets led by as many as nine early in the second quarter, but the Warriors were within two at the half and moved up  by as many as six in the third. The Nets got the lead back early in the fourth and the game was tight from then on. After a dramatic block by Kris Humphries, Lopez put them up two with a three-point play with 1:10 to go. The Warriors had two chances to tie, but they missed them both and Lopez put the game away at the line with 3.3 seconds left.

Lopez led all scorers with 24 points, adding 10 rebounds. Anthony Morrow added 22 points, hitting four of his six attempts from 3-point range, and Kris Humphries recorded his fifth straight (and 21st overall ) double-double. Jordan Farmar dished out nine assists and Sundiata Gaines dished out eight, but Farmar was a -19 and Gaines was a +21, grabbing a huge offensive rebound in the final minute. Brandan Wright saw his first action as a Net, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds in six minutes.

"I'm excited about the opportunity over here," Wright said, "how they really want to see what I can do. They think I bring a different aspect to the team. They told me they would give me an opportunity to play. They want to see what I can do these last five weeks of the season."