76ERS vs BROOKLYN NETS
The Philadelphia 76ers hold a commanding lead over the Brooklyn Nets when it comes to regular season matchups, having bested their Atlantic Division rival 118 times through 203 games. In the playoffs, it’s more of the same, as the Sixers seem to be just too much for a franchise that has moved from New York to New Jersey and then back again, but now in a different borough. The teams have met in the postseason three times (1979, 1984, and 2019), with the 76ers holding an 8-4 advantage through 12 games.
There might be one big reason for the 76ers’ obvious advantage; In 1976, as the Nets transitioned from the ABA to the NBA, they allowed the Sixers to purchase the $3 million contract of Basketball Hall of Famer Julius “Dr. J” Erving in order to cover the expansion fee. In the 11 seasons in which the Erving-led 76ers played the Nets, the team went 38-22, equaling a commanding 63.3% winning percentage. (They also swept the Nets in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in 1979.)
Aside from Erving’s contributions, Hall of Fame point guard Mo Cheeks made big plays against the Nets, too. He recorded a career high in assists (21) on October 30, 1982.
The ‘70s and ‘80s were a long time ago, though, and since then, the Sixers have begun to lean on new leaders, like Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris, while the Nets have since acquired all-world talent like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Don’t miss your chance to see the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia this season, including two games at The Center.
The Sixers took down the Nets in Philadelphia on April 14, 2021, winning 123-177. NBA MVP finalist Joel Embiid led the way, dropping in 39 points and grabbing 13 boards against Kyrie Irving and the shorthanded Brooklyn squad. Big scoring contributions also came from Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, and Shake Milton off the bench, who each had 26, 17, and 15 points, respectively.
SIXERS VS. NETS RECENT HISTORY
April 14, 2021: W – 76ers vs. Nets 123 - 117
February 6, 2021: W – 76ers vs. Nets 124 - 108
January 7, 2021: L – 76ers @ Brooklyn 109 - 122
February 20, 2020: W – 76ers vs. Nets 112 - 104 (OT)
January 20, 2020: W – 76ers @ Brooklyn 117 - 111