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Sixers 117, Nets 106: Brooklyn Fades in Fourth in Loss to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — The Brooklyn Nets came up short against the Philadelphia 76ers, with Philly’s crunch-time run providing the separation in a 117-106 loss.

It was a tie game at 104 all after a Jarrett Allen free throw with 3:51 remaining, following five lead changes in the quarter. But the Sixers outscored the Nets 13-2 after that right to the buzzer.

Spencer Dinwiddie led Brooklyn with 26 points and eight assists, and Allen posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Taurean Prince had 15 points, making 3-of-4 3-pointers, and Kyrie Irving added 14 points and six rebounds. Caris LeVert had 12 points and Wilson Chandler scored 10. The Nets shot 48 percent (12-of-25) from 3-point range.

The Nets led 57-54 at halftime.

Trailing 21-17, Brooklyn closed the first quarter on an 11-4 run that began with four points from Dinwiddie, a long jumper and two free throws. A Chandler 3-pointer put the Nets up 26-25, and DeAndre Jordan finished a lob from LeVert for a 28-25 lead going into the second quarter.

Brooklyn led by as many as seven points in the first quarter. Allen’s dunk rolling to the rim on a dish from Dinwiddie had the Nets up 49-42 with four minutes to go in the half. Philadelphia closed within 55-54 before Allen’s tip-in at the buzzer put the Nets up by three at halftime.

The Nets pushed their lead to 69-62 with their first 12 points of the second half coming in the paint or at the free throw line. The Sixers closed within a point before Dinwiddie answered with a top-of-the-key 3-pointer for a 72-68 lead. Brooklyn maintained a lead through the third quarter and after going up by seven points again on a Chandler drive and dunk, led 90-86 going into the fourth quarter.

The Sixers regained the lead on an 8-0 run in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, with the second of Furkan Korkmaz’s back-to-back 3-pointers putting Philadelphia up 94-92 with 9:21 remaining.

Irving drained a 3-pointer for Brooklyn, but Philadelphia scored six of the next seven points, with an Al Horford 3-pointer giving the Sixers a 100-96 lead with under seven minutes to go as Philadelphia made five of its first eight shots in the quarter and the Nets shot 2-for-9 over the first five minutes.

Prince put Brooklyn back on top with a 3-pointer and a drive for a 101-100 lead with 5:15 remaining, but the lead changed hands three more times in the next two minutes, and the Sixers were up 106-104 after Horford’s post-up in the lane with 3:18 to go. A minute later, Tobias Harris’ 3-pointer made it a 109-104 game.