April 23, 2012
76ers make playoffs for 2nd straight season
NEWARK, N.J.—With a little more than a minute remaining in the Nets' final game in New Jersey,
It had nothing to do with not having to come to the Garden State again.
After a 20-9 start following the lockout, a dreadful midseason slump and a much-needed late run, Collins had the relief of knowing his 76ers were headed to the postseason for the second straight year.
Philadelphia nailed down the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and spoiled the Nets' Jersey farewell with a 105-87 victory Monday night.
MarShon Brooks had 18 points to lead the Nets, who will move into a new arena in Brooklyn next season.
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THE STAT: Though the Nets won the rebounding battle (35-33), the Sixers outscored the Nets in the paint by an impressive margin of 44-26.
INSIDE THE ARENA: A halftime ceremony honored former Nets, including Derrick Coleman, Michael Ray Richardson, Kenny Anderson, Darryl Dawkins, Albert King, and 2001 Eastern Conference Champions Todd MacCulloch and Kerry Kittles, among others. Video messages from former Nets players and coaches -- including Jason Kidd, Vince Carter and Kenyon Martin -- were played throughout the contest, while the stands were filled with fans wearing Nets jerseys both new and old. A raucous sellout crowd of 18,711 chanted "Let's Go Nets" and "Defense" for the tilt's entire 48 minutes, and it gave an appreciative round of applause as the game ended and the Nets' final seconds in New Jersey wound down.
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PHOTO OF THE GAME
|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
18 PTS, 2 REB
4 AST, 3 STL
6-14 FGs, 5-5 FTs
|On the final NETS game in NJ:
"I think it finally hit me during the course of the game that this was it, with us playing here in New Jersey. Great fan support tonight. They came out, they cheered us on, and our guys just ran of gas in the fourth.
"And when I'm coming off the floor at halftime, you see Kerry Kittles and Chris Morris and all of those guys that they were honoring. There are still a lot of good memories here."