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NBA: New Jersey 104, Cleveland 99

March 12, 2008 at 11:45 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., March 12 (UPI) -- A key offensive rebound by Vince Carter with 14 seconds remaining Wednesday allowed New Jersey to escape with a 104-99 win over Cleveland.

The Nets snapped a six-game losing streak and moved within a half game of Atlanta for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.

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Richard Jefferson scored 24 points for the Nets, Bostjan Nachbar added 21 and Devin Harris had 18.

New Jersey overcame a 42-point night by LeBron James, who also had 11 rebounds and seven assists.

The Nets almost let a 17-point lead get away, but held on to win for the first time this month.

With New Jersey clinging to a one-point lead, Marcus Williams went to the line and made the first free throw. He missed the second, but Carter was there for the rebound and he followed with two free throws to give New Jersey a 102-98 lead with 14 seconds to go.

New Jersey shot 61 percent from the field in the first half.

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