It was a sloppy start to the game as Philadelphia committed 6 turnovers within the first 6 minutes, helping the Nets open an early 16-2. The 76ers' missed 7 of their first 8 shots, but the reserves would help turn it around, putting together a 10-1 run before the end of the quarter. The Sixers finished the opening quarter down 24-16. A layup from Thad Young knotted it up at 33 and a free throw from MCW would give Philly their only lead with just over 6 minutes left in the 2nd. The Sixers' offense had seemed to have found its flow, but just as quick it appeared, it was gone. The Nets regained the lead after an alley-oop from Paul Pierce to Shaun Livingston. The Sixers ended the half like they started it, sloppy, and the Nets finished on a 15-4 run. Philadelphia trailed 54-49 at the break after 14 first half turnovers. MCW led his team with 11 points while Pierce led Brooklyn with 15.
Brooklyn scored 9 unanswered early in the 3rd and expanded their lead to 13. Brett Brown was forced to call two early timeouts, hoping his team could regroup. The Sixers continued to struggle to take care of the ball in the second half, committing 26 total turnovers. The 76ers cut their deficit to 7 after 9 unanswered early in the final quarter. Two straight baskets from Lavoy Allen made it a 2 point game later in the period, but the Nets would answer with 7 points of their own. The Sixers kept the fight alive and a corner three-pointer from James Anderson, capping a 7-0 run, made it a 2 point contest with :22.4 remaining. The Sixers wasted too much time before fouling as time leaked off the clock. Pierce hit his free-throws and Carter-Williams made a bad pass to cement another loss for the Sixers; 108-102.
Carter-Williams scored 21 points and dished out 4 assists but turned the ball over 6 times. Wroten added 18 points and 6 rebounds off the bench while Young finished with 17 points. Anderson ended with 12 points and 2 steals. Turner and Hawes didn't add too much scoring-wise (9 and 8 respectively) but Hawes grabbed 8 boards and recorded 6 assists. The Sixers shot 52% for the game and won the rebounding battle 38-30 but their 26 turnovers doomed them to a loss.
Pierce led Brooklyn with 25 points while Deron Williams scored 21 points and added 6 assists. Livingston recorded 7 steals, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and scored 13 points for the Nets'. Teletovic contributed 20 points (5-9 3PT) in his reserve role. The Nets hit 34-39 from the foul line for an impressive 87%.
The 76ers will return home to play the Celtics (16-33) on Wednesday. Philly was victorious in the last matchup between these teams, winning on a buzzer-beater from ET.
By: Matt Ryan