NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 5th
(All times Eastern)
Brooklyn Nets (41-34) at Philadelphia 76ers (17-59), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets already punched a ticket to the
postseason and still have their sights set on a division title.
The Nets will continue their strong push toward the postseason Saturday
against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center and are 2 1/2 games
behind the Toronto Raptors for the Atlantic Division lead with seven to go.
Brooklyn is coming off a solid performance in Friday's 116-104 triumph versus
the Detroit Pistons and shot 60.5 percent from the field. It made 15-of-31 3-
pointers, six of which from Mirza Teletovic (6-of-10), and was led by Shaun
Livingston's 23 points. Teletovic scored 20 points, Paul Pierce added 17 and
Marcus Thornton ended with 15 points.
The win was Brooklyn's 15th in a row at Barclays Center.
"We're just comfortable in our own building," Pierce said of the Nets' success
at home. "Obviously, that's where most teams in the league play well. You have
momentum, you have your own crowd, you have a better feel for spots on the
court and this is where you're comfortable."
Now the Nets will play three straight on the road against Philadelphia, Miami
and Orlando, and have lost three straight as the visitor. The Nets, winners in
eight of the past 11 games, have a 14-23 record outside of their comfort zone.
Philadelphia is 1-2 since ending a 26-game losing streak versus Detroit on
March 29 and is coming off Friday's 111-102 victory at Boston.
Sixers Rookie of the Year candidate Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points
to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Henry Sims made 14-of-18 free
throws en route to 24 points as well for the 76ers, who made 51 percent from
the floor, but were outrebounded 49-34.
"I'm just so proud of their ability to play as a team and continue to do the
right thing and have a true desire to get better," said Philadelphia head
coach Brett Brown.
Thaddeus Young and Elliot Williams scored 15 points apiece in the win.
The 76ers are only 9-30 at home this season and will start a three-game road
trip next week against Toronto, Memphis and Charlotte.
Philadelphia has lost two of three meetings with Brooklyn this season and six
of nine matchups overall in this series.
04/05 10:28:08 ET