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Nets 91, 76ers 90

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PHILADELPHIA -- Bostjan Nachbar had the kind of game worthy of the stars New Jersey left at home.

Nachbar scored 35 points and made the winning free throws with 8.8 seconds left to lead the Nets to a 91-90 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.

New Jersey's Vince Carter, Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Nenad Krstic all sat this one out. Had they made the trip, they could have had their pick of seats for a preseason game at the Wachovia Center that was nearly empty. Every dribble and every clap was clearly heard.

Louis Williams scored all 33 of his points in the second half and OT for the Sixers and rallied them back from a 20-point deficit. He sank a 3 late in OT that put them up 83-81.

But Nachbar came right back and hit a 3 and Darrell Armstrong hit a jumper for an 86-83 lead. Nachbar made both of his free throws in the final seconds -- he went 12-for-14 from the line -- to win it.

"We were down and it seemed like we were going to lose the game," Nachbar said. "Then we came back and it was great."

Williams sank nine straight shots at one point, including a bucket that made it 66-65 with 5:10 left in the game. Williams, who turns 21 on Oct. 27, has likely played his way into the backup point guard spot behind Andre Miller or even possibly at shooting guard.

"I was in a good groove," Williams said. "I'm just comfortable wherever Coach allows me to play."

Nachbar scored 13 of New Jersey's first 19 points and the Nets quickly opened a 14-point lead. Playing without starting center Samuel Dalembert and top reserve Kyle Korver, the Sixers started slow, trailed by 20 in the third quarter and never made a serious run until late.

"Our first guys will not be that bad and hopefully our second group will be that good," coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Josh Boone had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Antoine Wright had 13 points for the Nets.

While Nets coach Lawrence Frank just wanted to rest his starters in a meaningless game, Dalembert and Korver's absence gives the Sixers reason for concern the rest of the preseason.

Dalembert has been slowed by a stress fracture in his left foot suffered over the summer playing for Canada in the Olympic qualifying tournament. He wore a protective boot until the day before training camp and complained of soreness after Wednesday's practice. He sat out Thursday.

Dalembert, who averaged 10.7 points and 8.9 rebounds while starting all 82 games last season, might miss at least Sunday's game against Washington as a precaution.

"We'll monitor the injury and make sure it's cleared up," Cheeks said. "We'll give it a few days and go from there."

With Dalembert out, the Sixers were forced to start veteran journeyman Calvin Booth. Booth missed his first four shots, scored two points and is not a realistic option to play heavy minutes if Dalembert isn't ready to go by the season opener.

Korver missed his second straight game because of a strained groin suffered near the end of camp in Durham, N.C. Cheeks said he was being cautious with the Sixers top 3-point shooter.

One bright spot for the Sixers was the return of reserve forward Shavlik Randolph, who played for the first time since he broke his left ankle in a practice last November.

Randolph acknowledged before the game he was nervous, and was scoreless in 13 minutes. He wasn't the only Sixer who had trouble finding the basket. No one reached double digits in scoring until the fourth quarter.

Thaddeus Young took the microphone during pregame introductions and thanked all the fans for coming. And veteran point guard Kevin Ollie received a gold watch in honor of 10 years in the league.

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