Green, Brooks Fuel Nets Past 76ers

The Nets were in the City of Brother Love on Friday, looking to derail the Sixers’ postseason push. It was sloppy on both sides, but the Nets prevailed, 95-89.

Holiday goes up for two of his team-high 19.

The first quarter saw runs by each team. 3 straight Elton Brand buckets helped the 76ers run out to a quick 6-0 advantage, and then Jrue Holiday hit a three-point jumper to put the Sixers up 11-4 with eight minutes to go. However, the Nets came right back and went on a 20-7 run for the rest of the period, taking a 24-18 advantage into the second quarter.

Center Kris Humphries and MarShon Brooks killed the Sixers late in the period, combining for 11 points in a three-minute span to regain the lead.

I guess Doug Collins had a better motivational speech than Avery Johnson going into the second quarter, because the Sixers played well in the quarter, outscoring New Jersey 26-17.

Spencer Hawes made a 19-foot jumper to give the Sixers their largest lead at 8, 44-36 with 80 seconds remaining. Gerald Green banged out a three to cut his team’s halftime deficit to only 3, 44-41.

Avery Johnson’s team came storming back in the third quarter. Marshon Brooks made a jumper to give the Nets a 4-point lead, 54-50. Fortunately, the Sixers storm back to take a 2 point lead, 58-56, thanks to an 8-2 run featuring four points each from Evan Turner and Thad Young.

The score was 66-63 by the end of the period, in favor of the Sixers.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Nets, a reoccurring theme for Sixers’ opponents. With 7:43 to play, Gerald Green made another three to put the Nets up 4, 76-72. Lou Williams would tie it a few moments later. After a couple of free throws and an and1 from the Nets, the Sixers trailed 85-82, with the ball in Jrue Holiday’s hands.

Jrue Holiday drew a foul out of Deron Williams and Marshon Brooks was called for a technical. Jrue made the free throw and then sunk a jumper to tie the game at 85, with 3:15 to play. The Williamses, Jordan and Deron, later made 1 of 2 free throws each.

The Nets were up 2. With 1:47 to play, Thaddeus Young lost the ball. On the other end, this led to a Gerald Green three, giving New Jersey a five-point lead. A pair of Lou Williams free throws were canceled out by a pair from Brooks. Then, the knock-out punch. Deron Williams got trapped in the paint and kicked it out to Marshon Brooks, who dropped a three that would kill the Sixers, 95-89.

The Sixers shot 1-10 from downtown, and 34-81 (42%). Andre Iguodala had just 11 points on 3-7 shooting. Jrue Holiday had 19 on 7-14. Evan Turner had 18 on 9-16. Thaddeus Young had 13 points on 6-12 shooting.

The Nets shot 6-16 from three-point land. Gerald Green shot 4-5 from beyond the arc for his 23 points. Marshon Brooks had 22 on 9-15. Kris Humphries had 18 points and 13 rebounds on 7-14 FG. Deron Williams had 11 points and 10 assists on 4-14 FG.

The Sixers (31-28) are tied with the Knicks for the seventh seed. They play the Magic in Orlando, on Monday. The Nets (22-38) play the Celtics in New Jersey, on Saturday.

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Author:Austin Krell

Sixers beat writer and NBA analyst

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