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LINKEAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) - One day after dealing a blow to the Philadelphia 76ers' playoff hopes, the New Jersey Nets hope to do it again in a different sense when the teams square off Wednesday.
The Nets dropped a 104-101 decision to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday despite 43 points from Vince Carter and 22 from Richard Jefferson. New Jersey, which has dropped two of three since an NBA season-high 14-game winning streak, trails Miami by 3 1/2 games for the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, Chicago moved into a tie with Philadelphia for the eighth and final spot in the East, and the Bulls hold the tiebreaker by virtue of a superior conference record. Both teams have five games remaining.
The 76ers are coming off Monday's 105-97 triumph over Washington - the team's second straight win without second-leading scorer Chris Webber, who is listed as day-to-day with a lower-back strain.
Allen Iverson paced Philadelphia with 26 points and 15 assists, but the Sixers ultimately won behind the play of Steven Hunter and Kyle Korver, who scored 20 points apiece.
The teams have split a pair of meetings this season, but have not met since January 18.