The Nets (9-17) lost to the Philadelphia 76ers (8-19) in overtime by a score of 121-120.
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Paul Pierce drained a three with 16.9 seconds to play in OT to give the Nets a late lead. He had 24 points overall.
Alan Anderson led the Nets in scoring with 26 points (9-of-15) to go along with five rebounds, and two assists in 45 minutes.
Mirza Teletovic tied a career high with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting. All of those makes and 11 of those attempts came from down town.
Brooklyn turned the ball over 16 times en route to 24 Philadelphia points.
The Nets shot 48.2%, from the field, 43.3% from three, 70% from the line, and were out-rebounded 49-36.
Joe Johnson did not play (personal reasons).
Brian ErniWith Johnson out of the lineup, Anderson stepped up in a big way. Starting at the two, Anderson cashed in three after three, at times, looking like Joe Smooth in the process. Anderson has really been a God-send for this team, from allowing Pierce to ease his way back into the lineup to filling in for Johnson tonight. It’s a shame the Nets couldn’t reward his effort.
Huge clutch shot by Pierce that goes down the drain on the friendly roll that Turner got off three bounces on the rim. Just a surreal ending to a game that ranged from incredibly fun to insanely maddening to watch.
The Nets dominated in free throw attempts (they took 28 from the charity stripe as opposed to Philly’s eight), but they were uncharacteristically cold. Deron Williams surprised by missing a few in the second half, and the Nets shot just 70% from the line. Had they been able to cash in on their opportunities, this game wouldn’t have been nearly as close.
The Sixers are a completely different team without Michael Carter-Williams. They were practically unrecognizable from the team that got obliterated at the Barclays Center on Monday night, and it had a ton to do with their rookie sensation. I’m so impressed with everything he does on the floor, from creating space for his teammates to his long reach on defense. He has quite a future ahead of him.
The Nets will be back in action Monday night when they take on the Indiana Pacers at the Barclays Center. Tip is set for 7:30 PM.