Nets Barely Hold Off Winless 76ers


All Nets fans can take a collective sigh of relief because the nightmare of a game is finally over and all can enjoy their turkey on a winning note. The Nets beat the 76ers 99-91 but boy may I add that it was not as easy as Brooklyn envisioned it being. The Nets were ahead by as many as 20 points in the first half, but they led by only eight points at the half. Despite the Nets remaining in front, the hungry 76ers would not go away and they seemed destined to get their first win of the season against Brooklyn. The 76ers eventually took the lead midway through the fourth quarter and the Nets needed somebody to take over for them.

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The guy who took the game into his own hands and took over was Alan Anderson who coming into the game was suffering through a massive cold stretch. Anderson scored 12 points on the game including 10 of them in the fourth quarter and thanks to his input and Kevin Garnett’s clutch 17 footer to put the Nets up by four points with under a minute left the Nets survived a tough test in Philadelphia and got a much needed victory.

Player of the Game: Deron Williams(17 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists)

Nov 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) breaks out of the defensive zone during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Deron Williams was being passive all night and he only scored when there was an opportunity, he didn’t force anything, he let the game come to him and let his teammates take over. Williams was two rebounds away from a triple double and he did not miss from the free throw line going 7-for-7 from the stripe. Williams also tallied two steals and a block in 37 solid minutes of action.

Difference Maker: Kevin Garnett(9 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block)

Nov 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten (8) shots as Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett (2) defends during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Brooklyn Nets won the game 99-91. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Garnett is most likely playing in his final NBA season, but ‘The Big Ticket’ certainly hasn’t lost his killer instinct and his love for the game. With the Nets up by two needing a bucket to create some breathing room, Garnett caught Jarrett Jack’s pass and drained a 17 footer with a hand right in his face to virtually ice the game for Brooklyn. Garnett is older but his impact is still felt night in and night out.

Game Notes:

Brook Lopez waved off a Lionel Hollins substitution in the second quarter and Lopez was frustrated all game but still finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Every Nets starter had a positive plus/minus ratio while every Nets bench player had a minus ratio.

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