Saturday, January 8, 7:00 PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Andy Jasner, for NBA.com
THE FACTS: Deron Williams scored 22 points, Andray Blatche contributed 20 points off the bench andReggie Evans swept a career-high 23 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets crushed the Philadelphia 76ers, 109-89, Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Joe Johnson scored 15 points, Brook Lopez had 13 and Gerald Wallace had 11 for the Nets, who improved to 6-1 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. Brooklyn improved to 20-15 with the victory.
Jrue Holiday paced the Sixers with 19 points, Spencer Hawes had 14 points off the bench and Nick Young chipped in with 11. It was the fourth straight loss for Philadelphia, which dropped to 15-21.
QUOTABLE: "I don't need to score. I just do what I do to get wins."
-- Reggie Evans, on his career night off the glass.
THE STAT: The Nets outrebounded Philadelphia, 50-32. At one point in the second half, Evans was actually outrebounding the entire Sixers team.
TURNING POINT: The Nets built a slim 48-47 lead at halftime before opening the third quarter on an 18-2 run for a commanding 66-49 advantage. That was more than enough of a cushion to cruise the rest of the game.
HOT: Williams was 7-for-11 while Lopez was 6-for-10. Holiday knocked down seven of his 11 shots for the Sixers.
NOT: Jason Richardson missed six of his nine shots, including all four from beyond the arc for the Sixers.
QUOTABLE II: "It just looked like we were fresher."
-- Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo.
FANTASY SPOTLIGHT: Johnson had 15 points, five assists, four rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot. It was a very effective all-around performance.
INSIDE THE ARENA: The crowd was relatively quiet for much of the game. One of the largest cheers in the first half came when a trio of Philadelphia Flyers were announced -- Matt Read, Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux. Mark Wahlberg was also in attendance. But when the lead swelled beyond 20, any cheers that were prevalent quickly turned to boos.
QUOTABLE III: "As a team, we've got to stay confident. We've got to try to get right back at it."
-- Sixers guard Evan Turner.
GOOD MOVE: The Nets did a terrific job of exploiting the Sixers' weakness in the middle. Even when shots weren't falling, Evans was there to pick up virtually every loose ball.
BAD MOVE: Holiday started hot but the Sixers inexplicably went away from him. They probably could have run a lot more offense through their potential All-Star.
ROOKIE WATCH: Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor was scoreless in a brief 4:04 stint while forward Mirza Teletovic had eight points in 14 minutes. In addition, forward Tornike Shengelia added two points. For the Sixers, forward Arnett Moultrie was scoreless with one rebound in 6:06 while guard Maalik Wayns had seven points in 8:34. Wayns was re-signed earlier Tuesday to a 10-day contract after being waived two days ago.