A slim chance is still a chance.
At halftime of their game against Orlando, New Jersey is only trailing 48-38.
Travis Outlaw is leading the Nets with 10 points, with Jordan Farmar adding eight. Kris Humphries has six rebounds, three of the offensive, along with six points.
Orlando is being led by Howard’s 13 points and 12 from Brandon Bass.
In the first quarter, New Jersey jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, causing Orlando to call its first timeout at the 10:18 mark. Four minutes later, New Jersey was on the tail end of Orlando’s 15-4 run with the score now 16-11, causing New Jersey to call a timeout.
New Jersey kept pace with Orlando and trailed 20-25 at the end of the first quarter.
Orlando scored six points to open up the second quarter before New Jersey put ended the drought with a Outlaw layup.
With 6:18 remaining in the second quarter, score at 26-37 in favor of Orlando, New Jersey went on a 9-4 run and pulled with five points of Orlando with 3:02 remaining in the second on an Anthony Morrow three-point field-goal.
Orlando finished the first-half strong, with three-pointer from Ryan Anderson and five points coming from Howard.
As the first half buzzer sounded, New Jersey was trailing Orlando, 38-48.