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76ers win season-high fourth straight game

Mar 5, 2007 - 3:14 AM PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- The Philadelphia 76ers are the latest team to make the New Jersey Nets look bad.

Andre Igoudala scored 21 points and Kyle Korver and Willie Green added 20 apiece as the 76ers roared back from an early 17-point deficit to defeat the lethargic New Jersey Nets, 99-86, for their season-high fourth straight win.

Coming off Saturday's embarrassing home loss to Boston in which they blew a seven-point lead in the final minute of regulation, the Nets started strongly, opening a 24-7 lead before settling for a 30-18 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

"We had a really poor start tonight," Korver said. "Our defense wasn't terrible, we just couldn't seem to score any baskets. I don't think we got the greatest shots. Obviously you can't start off 17 in the hole and come back and win every night, but tonight we fought hard and ended up winning big."

The 76ers took the lead for good with a 20-3 run to start the second quarter as Korver scored 10 points. The Nets never recovered, falling behind by 19 points in the third period.

"It's 48 minutes," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "I thought my guys had great intent, especially on the defensive end. We were able to get stops. As a result, we were able to get some transition buckets. The ball was moving and then all of a sudden in that second quarter it was the complete opposite.

"We got zero stops. We put immense pressure on our offense to score and we didn't score. As a result they exploited us and flipped it."

New Jersey shot just 38 percent (33-of-86) from the floor. All-Star Vince Carter missed 14 straight shots and finished with nine points on 4-of-20 shooting. He had scored at least 25 in his last five games.

"I'm just going to keep shooting and keep being aggressive," Carter said. "I got some of the shots that I wanted but I also forced a couple of shots. It happens. I'm just going to keep playing. Once the coach took me out, I think that it was a good call."

"Fortunately for us, he missed a lot of shots," 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks said of Carter. "It's not like we did this great defensive job on him. A player like Vince Carter, who's one of the great players in the league - it's not because of our defensive job, it's because he's just missing shots."

Jason Kidd had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for his 85th career triple-double and 10th this season. Bostjan Nachbar led the Nets with 21 points off the bench.

"We've come a long way," Korver said. "After our last three-game winning streak the next game wasn't very good for us. Tonight we didn't start off very well, but we didn't hang our heads, we kept on fighting and got a big win. It says a lot about our character.

"There have been times we've been down, but we kept on fighting. We may not always win, but with a young team that's a good a sign. We are playing confident basketball and we have a little bit of rhythm. We are going to keep on building and see where it takes us."

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