February 3, 2014 | Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Posted: February 3, 2014
NEW YORK – Twice in Monday night’s 108-102 loss to the Nets, the Sixers were able to overcome sizeable deficits – they turned an early 15-point Brooklyn advantage into a six-point lead in the second quarter and cut a 19-point deficit in the third to two late in the final frame. In the end, though, turnovers were the difference.
“We just had a lot of unforced turnovers,” said forward Thaddeus Young, who finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. “Just shooting shots over guys when we could have been kicking it back out – when we get into those situations, we have to learn to just back the ball our or turn around and kick it back out to guys.”
The Sixers turned it over 26 times Monday night, matching a season high; the Nets scored 30 points off of those giveaways.
“It’s my job,” said head coach Brett Brown of limiting his team’s turnovers. “[Other teams] see that we go to the line or get to the rim, I think, more than anybody in the NBA, so everybody goes under pick-and-rolls, they crowd the paint, and it [creates] a crowd, and we have to learn to play better in that environment.”
With 3:41 left in the game, Lavoy Allen knocked down a 21-foot jumper to cut the Sixers’ deficit to two points, the closest it had been since the second quarter. Unfortunately, that was followed by a 7-0 Brooklyn run. With 22 seconds left, a three-pointer by James Anderson again made it a two-point game, but clutch free-throw shooting by the Nets to close out the game foiled Philadelphia’s comeback effort.
“They’re a very good team, a very solid defensive team with [Kevin Garnett] anchoring their defense,” said Thaddeus Young. “My hat goes off to them, but we came back, we kept fighting, and we didn’t let them get the best of us.”
Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia with 21 points, Tony Wroten came off the bench to score 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and also contributed six rebounds and three assists, and Spencer Hawes finished with eight points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
The Sixers return to action Wednesday night at 7pm when they host the Boston Celtics for the first time this season.