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Nets Celebrate New Jersey, But Leave the State With Another Loss

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NBA basketball in New Jersey came to an end with a 105-87 defeat at the hands of the Sixers on Monday. The Nets celebrated their Jersey history and honored the 2001-02 Eastern Conference championship season with a halftime ceremony, but except for a brief run in the third quarter, the current version of the Nets failed to live up to the night.

The Sixers took control with a 13-0 run early in the first quarter. They led by as many as 15 early in the second quarter and were up 10 at the half. The Nets cut the lead down to one with 3:44 to go in the third, but the Sixers responded and led by eight heading into the fourth. After the Nets cut the lead down to six with the first bucket in the final period, they never got any closer.

The Sixers shot 54 percent from the field, with five players in double-figures. MarShon Brooks led the Nets with 18 points. Kris Humphries added 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Gerald Wallace finished with 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Not everyone was feeling nostalgic about the Nets. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wished the Nets "good riddance" on their way to Brooklyn.