NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, December 16th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (7-18) at Brooklyn Nets (8-15), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Winning on the road has been a major issue for the
Philadelphia 76ers this season and they'll try to halt a 10-game slide as the
guest Monday against the Brooklyn Nets.
Since defeating the Washington Wizards in their road opener back on Nov. 1,
the Sixers have dropped 10 straight away from home. They lost 15 road games in
a row last season.
The Sixers, who will play seven of the next eight on the road, have lost six
straight overall and 10 of their last 11 games, including Saturday's
embarrassing 139-105 loss to the hot-shooting Portland Trail Blazers. The
Blazers shot 55.9 percent and buried the Sixers with 21-of-37 3-pointers.
"They have the league's most efficient offense. It sure felt like that,"
Sixers head coach Brett Brown said.
Eight Portland players scored in double figures, while the 76ers were led by
Tony Wroten's 18 points. Hollis Thompson (17), Spencer Hawes (16), Thaddeus
Young (15) and James Anderson (14) also finished in double digits.
Philadelphia, which opened the season with a surprising 3-0 mark, is last in
opponents' scoring (110.4 ppg) and has allowed 100-plus points in 22 of the 25
games this season. The Sixers are averaging 17.9 turnovers this season.
Brooklyn will try to get back into the win column Monday and had a season-high
three-game winning streak come to an end with Friday's 103-99 loss at Detroit.
Deron Williams scored 22 points while Andray Blatche scored 20 points and
pulled down 12 rebounds for the Nets, who sank 12-of-23 3-pointers and got 12
points from both Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson. Mirza Teletovic scored 17 points
off the bench in defeat.
"It doesn't matter who plays for us or who we're playing, we have to protect
the paint and we didn't do that tonight," Nets coach Jason Kidd said.
Kidd's best interior player, center Brook Lopez, did not play and is
questionable Monday with an illness. The same goes for Johnson.
Brooklyn has won two in a row at Barclays Center and is 4-6 at home.
Nets veteran forward Kevin Garnett reached the 14,000 mark in rebounds with
eight against the Pistons and finished with four points. Garnett is the third
player in NBA history to post 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds and 5,000
assists, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
The Nets and Sixers are meeting for the first time since Brooklyn took three
of four matchups a season ago, including both games at Barclays Center. The
Nets have won four of the past six contests in this Atlantic Division series.
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