Notebook: 76ers 106, Nets 97



Posted Mar 11, 2013 10:21 PM

Andy Jasner, for NBA.com

THE FACTS: Spencer Hawes played one of his best all-around games in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform with a season-high 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in their 106-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Hawes led six Philadelphia players in double figures. Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner scored 16 points each while Jrue Holiday and Dorell Wright added 15 points apiece for the Sixers. Damien Wilkins scored 13 points for Philadelphia, which snapped a five-game losing streak and improved to 24-39.

Deron Williams led the Nets with 27 points and 13 assists, Joe Johnson scored 20 points and Brook Lopez had 19. Reggie Evans swept 11 rebounds for the Nets (37-27), who had won three in a row entering this game.

QUOTABLE: "It's been tough. No one likes to lose and I know that I've been taking it home. It's nice to get a big win and see all the happy faces in this locker room. It's been a while."
-- Hawes.

THE STAT: The Sixers shot 18-for-27 at the free throw line while the Nets were 11-for-16. It's the first time the Sixers have had as many or more free throws than the opponent since December 8 at Boston.

TURNING POINT: After the Nets sliced a 14-point deficit to five midway through the fourth quarter, the Sixers responded with five straight, extending the lead back to 10. The Nets made one last surge, but it was too little too late.

HOT: Hawes was 10-for-15, Young was 6-for-9 and Wright was 6-for-10. The Sixers shot 40-for-76 -- 52.6 percent.

NOT: Gerald Wallace missed six of his eight shots and finished with just four points in 25:37.

QUOTABLE II: "Our guys came with a real sense of purpose."
-- Sixers coach Doug Collins.

FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Hawes had 24 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and two blocked shots. Williams was solid for the Nets with 27 points, 13 assists and six rebounds.

INSIDE THE ARENA: The crowd was rather lively for this matchup against the upstart Nets. New Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly met with Collins before the game. Collins was asked sarcastically before the game if he had any "words of warning" for Kelly. "I told him just the opposite, what an incredible city this is and how much they love their Eagles, the fan base here and stuff," Collins said. "It was just the opposite. I said, he couldn't find a better place to be a coach." Former Sixers center Darryl Dawkins was also in attendance and received a nice ovation.

QUOTABLE III: "I think they wanted the game a little bit more than us."
-- Williams.

GOOD MOVE: The Sixers continued to run offense through Hawes. He started strong and ended even stronger.

BAD MOVE: The Nets probably could have played Wallace for longer stretches, especially with his defense prowess. When Wallace was on the bench, the Sixers seemed to get to the basket more often.

ROOKIE WATCH: Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor and forward Tornike Shengelia each received a DNP-CD. Forward Mirza Teletovic had four points and six rebounds in 17:01. For the Sixers, forward Arnett Moultrie had two points and two rebounds in 9:41.

NOTABLE: Sixers guard Nick Young was out with a sprained left ankle. ... The Sixers wished a happy 91st birthday to Sixers Director of Statistical Information Harvey Pollack. He is former PR director of the 76ers and the Philadelphia Warriors. Pollack has only missed three home or neutral-site games since 1946. ... The Sixers have scored 100 or more points in three of the past seven games. ... Philadelphia had a season-high tying 31 assists. ... Three Sixers registered a double-double in the same game for the first time this season. In addition to Hawes, Young had 16 points and 10 rebounds while Holiday added 15 points and 11 assists. ... Williams scored his 10,000th career point on a free throw with 9:23 remaining. He needed 23 points reach 10,000 and wound up with 27. Williams, on what the milestone meant to him: "Nothing really. Just another number." ... The Sixers are 8-1 when shooting 50 percent or better this season.

UP NEXT: For the Nets, Tuesday vs. New Orleans, Sunday vs. Atlanta, March 18 @ Detroit. For the Sixers, Wednesday vs. Miami, Saturday vs. Indiana, Monday vs. Portland.