Phi 17 24 23 28 92
NJN 24 19 26 26 95
Date of game: 12/23/2012

Recap: Brooklyn vs. Philadelphia

Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Joe Johnson scored 22 points and the Brooklyn Nets halted a three-game losing streak with a 95-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in a battle of slumping Atlantic Division clubs from the Barclays Center.

Johnson made good on 3-of-5 attempts from three-point range to pace a balanced Brooklyn scoring attack. Deron Williams added 16 points and both Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez finished with 14 for the Nets, who briefly broke open a tie game with a 14-6 run over a five-minute stretch in the fourth quarter and held on down the stretch.

"I thought we played with a lot more intensity and had a lot more fun," Johnson said. "We had a great practice and carried it over to the game."

Jrue Holiday, playing for the second time since returning from a four-game absence due to a sprained left foot, amassed 24 points and nine assists for Philadelphia. Thaddeus Young put up 18 points and 10 rebounds in the setback, the Sixers' sixth in their last seven outings.

Philadelphia never led since owning a 12-11 edge with four minutes left in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 10 points during the game, but slowly chipped away at the deficit and forged a 69-69 deadlock after Holiday buried a 26-footer 55 seconds into the final period.

The Nets countered with an 8-2 spurt, however, with Keith Bogans following C.J. Watson layup off a Sixers turnover with a 3-pointer that put Brooklyn up 77-71 with just under seven minutes to go.

Another Bogans basket from beyond the arc would push Brooklyn's lead to 86-78 with 3:24 left to play, and the Nets maintained an eight-point cushion into the final minute before staving off one last Philadelphia charge.

"Just getting a stop or one little steal here or there could have changed the game," Holiday said.

Three-pointers from Holiday and Dorell Wright highlighted a 7-1 Sixers sequence, with Wright's bucket pulling Philadelphia within 92-90 with 9.6 seconds still on the clock. The Nets hit 3-of-4 foul shots around a layup from the Sixers' Evan Turner, however, to prevail.

Philadelphia roared out to a 12-4 advantage to begin the contest, but the Nets answered with an 18-0 surge to go ahead by double digits late in the first quarter. Lopez poured in six points during the tear, with Bogans chipping in five.

The Sixers closed the gap over the latter stages of the first half and trimmed the differential to two by the break, when a Holiday layup followed by a pair of Young free throws brought Philadelphia within 43-41.

The game remained tight all throughout the third quarter, with the Nets taking a 69-64 lead into the fourth after Johnson sank a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left. Philadelphia then scored the first five points of the final frame to draw even.

Game Notes

Philadelphia had won six in a row on the road against the Nets coming into the game ... The Sixers have now dropped six straight away games for the first time since an eight-game slide from Nov. 10-Dec. 3, 2010 ... Philadelphia had a 16-2 advantage in second-chance points on the afternoon ... Wallace added nine rebounds and a season-best six assists for Brooklyn.

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Patriots WR Edelman inactive

The New England Patriots will be without wide receiver Julian Edelman for today's AFC East contest against the New York Jets.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.