Rapid Reaction: Sixers 105, Nets 87
April, 23, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS: After 35 years, the Nets’ time in New Jersey has come to an end. In their final home game in the Garden State, the Nets lost to the Sixers 105-87 in front of a sellout crowd at Prudential Center. The Nets (22-43) trailed by as many as 15 before cutting the deficit to one late in the third quarter. But they couldn’t get over the hump.
As the final seconds elapsed, the Nets were given a standing ovation from the crowd. Armon Johnson scored the Nets' final basket in New Jersey.
PAYING TRIBUTE: The Nets honored several former players and executives at halftime, including Derrick Coleman, Kerry Kittles and ex-GM Rod Thorn. A recorded video tribute by Jason Kidd was played on the JumboTron.
FINAL ACT: Kris Humphries led the Nets with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while MarShon Brooks poured in 18 points. Gerald Wallace had 11 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Johan Petro -- yes, Johan Petro! -- had 10 points off the bench on 5-for-6 shooting.
SITTING OUT: Deron Williams missed his fourth straight game with a sore right calf.
BOLD PLAY OF THE GAME: Wallace’s turnaround jumper brought the Nets within 63-62 with 3:44 left in the third.
UP NEXT: The final game in New Jersey Nets history, at Toronto, Thursday night.
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