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News » Sixers defeat Nets, 97-94


Sixers defeat Nets, 97-94


Sixers defeat Nets, 97-94 You're losing to the Nets.

That was the challenge to the 76ers , coming from a red-faced fan midway through the third quarter. An extended hand, pointing toward the depleted New Jersey bench, accompanied those words.

Last night at the Wachovia Center, the Sixers spent much of the night losing to the winless New Jersey Nets, but eventually pulled out a 97-94 victory.

The win, seen by an announced crowd of 10,054, was uninspiring.

Because of injuries and illness, New Jersey was without all-star point guard Devin Harris, starting forward Yi Jianlian, and guard Chris Douglas-Roberts.

And still, with a few ticks on the clock, the Nets had the ball and a chance to tie the score.

With 11 seconds to go, swingman Andre Iguodala made only 1 of 2 free throws. The game remained a one possession contest, and the Nets had the ball with the score 97-94.

Iguodala's missed free throw came exactly 10.8 seconds after Thaddeus Young made only 1 of 2 free throws, leaving the score 96-94.

On the game's final possession, the Nets went to rookie forward Terrence Williams; with the clock nearing zeros, Iguodala stripped Williams as he rose to shoot. Williams called for a foul, grabbing his wrist to show where he was hit.

"Pressure up and make it tough for him," Iguodala, who finished with 16 points, said in explaining the final play. "I got a hand on it."

He added: "They outplayed us tonight, but we just came away with the 'W.' "

The Sixers improved to 3-2. The Nets dropped to 0-6.

"These are games we're going to have to win," said Sixers point guard Lou Williams, who scored a team-high 18 points. "We have to separate ourselves, and at the end of the season when we're worried about playoff seeding, these are the games we'd go back and look at and say, 'We should have had this, we should have had that.' "

In the fourth quarter, the Nets led by eight points. They did so behind strong inside scoring. Nets center Brook Lopez scored a game-high 22 points, dominating Sixers center Samuel Dalembert, who finished with 2.

Nets forward Trenton Hassell went into the game having yet to score this season: He finished with 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting and 12 rebounds.

The Nets outscored the Sixers in the paint, 54-38.

Sixers power forward Elton Brand played only 18:38 and was not on the court for the game's final 17:23. Brand scored all eight of his points in the first quarter, finishing the game 4 for 7 from the field.

When asked about Brand's limited minutes and the mix-and-match lineups he used in the second half, Jordan said he was "looking to find the group that's going to get it done."

"I felt like those were the guys that were doing it," Jordan said.

In front of his locker after the game, Brand was diplomatic, saying, "It made sense because that's the coach's decision."

The Sixers numbers, looked good on the stat sheet: 50 percent shooting from the field, 50 percent from the three-point line, 14 fastbreak points, 24 assists, and 7 blocked shots.

Not on the stat sheet were "wasted possessions," of which the Sixers had too many. They finished with 16 turnovers, but there were a dozen more possessions that ended in forced, or poorly-timed, shots.

"They're desperate, so that's a hard battle," Jordan said.

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.


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Added: November 7, 2009

 

 
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