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Nets fire P.J. Carlesimo after playoff berth

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 11:48 a.m. CST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets said Sunday that P.J. Carlesimo wouldn’t return as coach, hours after they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Carlesimo helped the Nets finish 49-33 after replacing the fired Avery Johnson in December, earning the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

But they spotted the Chicago Bulls a 17-point halftime lead and lost 99-93 on Saturday night.