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Long shot comes in for Harris and Nets

February 24, 2009|Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New Jersey Nets needed something outrageous to beat the Philadelphia 76ers. Devin Harris provided it with a half-court heave to beat the buzzer that needed a long review before it counted.

Harris hit a lunging 47-footer at the horn and the Nets ended a five-game losing streak with a 98-96 victory over the 76ers on Monday night.

The shot initially was ruled to have come after the buzzer. Officials Derrick Stafford, Violet Palmer and Pat Fraher determined it was good after watching replays for 2 1/2 minutes with players from both teams staring over their shoulders.

"I didn't want to look at the replay," said Harris. "I kept my head down, waiting for a reaction."

Said Nets Coach Lawrence Frank: "The basketball gods were with us tonight."

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