Brooklyn, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Paul Pierce made all 14 of his free throws
and scored 25 points and the Brooklyn Nets held on to beat the Philadelphia
76ers 108-102 on Monday to snap a three-game losing streak.
It was a game of swings and the Nets held off one final charge.
The Sixers trailed by 15 in the first quarter, had a seven-point lead in the
second and were down a game-high 19 in the third quarter. But they got within
104-102 after James Anderson made a 3-pointer from the right corner with 22.7
But Pierce made two foul shots and Shaun Livingston stole the ball when Sixers
point guard Michael Carter-Williams flubbed a pass to Evan Turner at the other
end. Livingston then sealed the win with two free throws.
Livingston's steal gave the Nets a season-high 15 in the game and he had a
"Shaun's amazing," said Mirza Teletovic, who made five 3s and had 20 points
for the Nets. "He just helps out in every position."
Deron Williams had 21 points for the Nets and Livingston scored 13 with eight
The Sixers turned the ball over 25 times in their third straight loss and fell
to 3-13 in their last 16.
"We have to be more responsible with the ball," said Sixers coach Brett Brown.
"It bites us continually."
Carter-Williams had 21 points to lead Philadelphia, Tony Wroten scored 18 and
Thaddeus Young added 17. Carter-Williams had four points in an 11-2 run in the
fourth quarter that cut a 16-point Nets lead to single digits.
Nets guard Joe Johnson was out with knee tendinitis and the Sixers probably
were glad not to see him. Johnson made 10 3-pointers -- eight in the third
quarter -- and scored 37 points in a 130-94 win over Philadelphia in December.
The teams split two games in a five-day span that month.
The Nets had lost three straight games, including the last two in January
after going 10-1 to begin the month. That run helped Jason Kidd earn Eastern
Conference Coach of the Month honors on Monday.
The first half was full of big swings.
Williams had seven points and he and Pierce hit back-to-back 3s to start
Brooklyn on a 16-2 run to open the game. The Sixers trailed by as many as 15
in the first quarter but rallied to take their first lead midway through the
An 18-4 Sixers run sparked by Young's 3 staked them to a seven-point edge but
the Nets countered with a 17-3 burst and went into halftime with a 54-49 lead.
Pierce scored 10 of his 15 first-half points in the surge.
Brooklyn led by 19 with four minutes left in the third quarter on a Williams
3-pointer and went into the fourth with an 84-69 advantage.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, a day after winning the Super Bowl, was
sitting next to Jay Z and Beyonce. Michael J. Fox also attended the game ...
The Nets host San Antonio on Thursday ... The Sixers play Boston at home on
The Sports Network