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Sixers Put Up a Fight, Lose in Brooklyn

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The 76ers fought hard till the end, but fell in the final minutes to the Brooklyn Nets, 108-102

Michael Carter-Williams had 21 points and six assists to pace the Sixers.

Paul Pierce had 25 points on 5-9 shooting. He made all 14 of his free throw attempts.

The Atlantic Division may not be the worst division in basketball. but it is pretty close. Only the Raptors have a record above .500. Yes, those Toronto Raptors.

Not surprisingly, the 76ers find themselves at the bottom of the standings with 15 wins on the season. Coming into their Monday night tilt with Brooklyn, the Sixers had lost 12 of their last 15 games. However, they have had some success against their division rivals, going 3-4 half way through the season.

Carter-Williams was a game-time decision for head coach Brent Brown. He flew into Brooklyn from Boston where he attended to a family issue. He had missed the last game due to a sore shoulder.

The Nets were without all-star Joe Johnson, Andrei Kirilenko and Andray Blatche.

The beginning of the game looked like it was going to be a long night for Philly as Brooklyn broke out on a 16-2 lead with 5:41 left to go in the first quarter. Deron Williams had seven points in the spurt.

The Nets went cold from the field over the next seven minutes and allowed the Sixers within two at, 26-24. The teams would exchange the lead two more times before half time. But Brooklyn held a five point edge going into the break.

Brooklyn began to pull away opening up a 19-point lead in the third quarter that pretty much spelled the end to this game. Or it should have. The 76ers used a fourth quarter serge and found themselves down only two with 22.1 seconds left on the clock. The Nets would hit some clutch free throws down the stretch and escaped with the victory.

This wasn’t a game for defensive minded people. The score may not be too high, but that is only because both teams had a very hard time finding where the rim was in the first quarter. However once both teams found their rhythm, it became a offensive clinic, and a defensive nightmare.

Evan Turner, who had his career high 33-points in a win against the Knicks a two weeks ago, returned to New York only putting up nine.

Tony Wroten picked up much of that slack by scoring 18 of his own, grabbing six rebounds in the process.

Thaddeus Young also continues to play with an All-Star snub chip on his shoulder, as he scored 17 on 7-11 shooting on the night.

The biggest reason for the loss can be seen in the turnover margin. Philly turned the ball over 25 times to Brooklyn’s 13. The Nets ended up with 15 steals on the night. Six turnovers a piece came form Spencer Hawes and Carter-Williams. Turner and Wroten had four each.

This team had an opportunity to beat a under-maned Brooklyn team in front of Jay-Z, Beyonce and Russell Wilson.

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They came up short, but had some encouraging play to close out the game. I feel this would of been a game more people would of been made about winning than OK with the loss. The turnovers are just a product of a young team trying to do what ever they can to break a long losing streak. They will have to try again Wednesday at home against the Boston Celtics.

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Tags: Atlantic Division Boston Celtics Brett Brown Brooklyn Nets Evan Turner Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors

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