2005_04_sreggieagain.jpg7 points in 22 seconds. That pretty much sums up the Nets' night in a 90-86 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday. 39 year-old Reggie Miller continued his 2nd half surge with 22 points and some heroic shots (including a 4-point play) to clinch a playoff spot for Indiana and push the Nets 1.5 games out of the Eastern Conference race with just 5 games to play.

The Nets actually led by 11 at halftime in this game, and got a season high in points (29) from Jason Kidd. But the final quarter got very physical, and the Nets seemed to lose their composure...especially when Kidd was on the bench. Vince Carter also missed repeated open looks in the fourth, which pretty much backs up Gothamist's opinion of his ability to win (he has little).

The one interesting wrinkle that developed this week: Richard Jefferson has nearly recovered from injury, and could be ready to play if the Nets reach the playoffs. This was a surprise to the Nets, and may give them extra incentive to win over the weekend.

Other NBA notes: Tim Duncan returns to the Spurs, Chris Webber is back for the Sixers, and the Nuggets have everyone running scared in the West.

Photo by AP - John Harrell