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76ers rally falls short against Nets
Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 3:01 AM
Give the 76ers credit: They didnt quit.
Never mind that their fourth-quarter comeback came against the Brooklyn Nets reserves. The fact that the Sixers made things competitive was a moral victory for a team in search of silver linings.
In the end, the Nets escaped with a 105-101 victory Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Brooklyn (42-34) had a commanding, 21-point lead with 8 minutes, 41 seconds left in the third quarter. Chipping away, the Sixers (17-60) pulled within 12 points heading into the fourth quarter.
Then Michael Carter-Williams foul shot with 1:05 remaining pulled the Sixers within one point, 96-95. But Nets reserve forward Mirza Teletovic responded with a three-pointer on the ensuing possession. Teletovic came back and blocked a Carter-Williams jump shot nine seconds later.
More coverageVOTE: Which freshman should the 76ers target?POLL: Who will have the best NBA career?Latest Sixers videos Forum: When will the 76ers be a threat again?The Sixers had another chance after Hollis Thompsons second three-pointer on consecutive possessions closed the gap to two points, 103-101, with 11.5 seconds left. But Brooklyn reserve guard Marcus Thornton iced the game with a pair of foul shots with 7.3 seconds left. The Sixers turned the ball over on their final possession.
Point guard Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston were the only Brooklyn starters on the floor for much of the fourth quarter.
Williams finished with team highs of 19 points and nine assists. He was one of the Nets six double-digit scorers.
This game marked the return of Kevin Garnett to the Nets lineup. The center missed the last 19 games with back spasms. He finished with 10 points and four rebounds in just 13 minutes, 12 seconds of action.
Thaddeus Young finished with a game-high 20 points for the Sixers.
Before the fourth quarter, the Sixers had their fair share of problems against the Nets.
Brooklyn scored on its first eight possessions on an array of driving layups, running bank shots, and alley-oop dunks. And the Nets didnt stop doing those things. In fact, they made it look easy, maneuvering to the basket for layups and dunks.
Sixers coach Brett Brown thanked the fans for their season-long support before the game on fan appreciation night.
"Last week we came close to breaking the [NBA longest losing] streak, and we saw 17,000 people come and support us," he said, recalling the March 29 victory over the Detroit Pistons. "We are all grateful for your help. . . . We appreciate you for helping us build something special in this fantastic city. Thank you."
But the Sixers fan support didnt make much of a difference on Saturday.
In fact, the game was played in front of a neutral crowd with several thousand Nets fans in attendance. At times, they drowned out the Sixers faithful. There were even chants of "Brooklyn" in the second half.
Times up? The game might have marked James Nunnallys last as a Sixer. Saturday was the final day of his second 10-day contract. The team has the option of signing him for the rest of the reason or releasing him.
Nunnally had three points against the Nets. He averaged 2.9 points and 12.3 minutes in nine games with the Sixers.
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