The Brooklyn Nets look to win the season series from the Philadelphia 76ers with a 2nd win this season at Wells Fargo Center when they meet Thursday.
The much-improved Brooklyn Nets look to keep their playoff push moving forward when they meet the Philadelphia 76ers Thursday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Brooklyn (38-37) can win the season series from the 76ers (47-27) with a victory. The teams split two games in Brooklyn earlier this season and the Nets won the first meeting between the clubs in Philadelphia.
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Both teams come in off losses. The Nets took a tough 148-144 double-overtime defeat Monday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, while the 76ers have dropped their last two, including a 119-98 humbling from the Orlando Magic on Monday.
Brooklyn led the host Blazers by 10 with 6:07 remaining and were still up one with 5.9 seconds left when Seth Curry stole the ball from D’Angelo Russell and was fouled. Curry made one of the two free throws to force overtime.
It was Russell who tied it up for the Nets at the end of the second overtime, getting to the rim for an uncontested layup with 8.8 seconds to go. But Portland went up by as much as seven in the second overtime and iced it on a pair of Damian Lillard free throws with 8.7 seconds to go.
Russell had 39 points and eight assists for Brooklyn, while Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points off the bench. Ed Davis grabbed 14 rebounds, Caris LeVert had 16 points and seven assists and Jared Dudley went for 15 points and two blocks.
At Orlando Monday, the 76ers went flat in the second half and were outscored by the Magic 62-38 in the blowout loss. Philadelphia, which played without Ben Simmons, got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Joel Embiid, while Jimmy Butler had 13 points and seven assists.
The Nets are 83-112 against the 76ers since coming to the NBA in 1976 and it is Philadelphia that owns the longest streak of the series, taking eight straight from Nov. 6, 2009, to April 1, 2011. The Nets have won four straight three separate times, the last from Feb. 3-Dec. 12, 2014.
The 76ers have the highest scoring game in the series with a 142-107 win at Philadelphia on Feb. 5, 1986, that is also Philly’s largest victory. The Nets put up a 141-118 win at Philadelphia on April 4, 2017.
Brooklyn also owns the biggest blowout between the teams, a 130-94 victory at Barclays Center on Dec. 16, 2013.
Bojan Bogdanovic set the individual scoring mark in the series with 44 points for the Nets in a win at Barclays Center on March 15, 2016. The top effort for the 76ers was 43 points by Charles Barkley in a win at Philadelphia on Feb. 19, 1988, and matched by Allen Iverson in a win at Philadelphia on March 1, 2002.
Since moving to Brooklyn, the Nets are 15-12 in the series. Philadelphia has two three-game winning streaks in that span, most recently from March 11-April 3, 2018.
The highest scoring game by the 76ers in the Brooklyn era was on Nov. 25 of last year, a 127-125 win at Barclays Center, and Philly’s largest win in that span was a 121-95 win at home last April 3.
The top individual mark by a Sixer in the Brooklyn era came in that Nov. 25 game, when Jimmy Butler scored 34 points.
*-Historical research courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.
Here’s how to get the Nets and Sixers on your favorite screen Thursday night.
Brooklyn Nets at Philadelphia 76ers
Dec. 12 at Philadelphia: The Nets broke open a close game with a big third quarter and then held off the hard-charging 76ers down the stretch for a 127-124 victory.
Brooklyn was up by 11 with 54.2 seconds left and Philadelphia didn’t get it to a one-possession game until Amir Johnson‘s layup with four seconds left after Landry Shamet missed the third of his three free throw attempts after he had also missed the first.
Spencer Dinwiddie went off for a career-high 39 points to lead the Nets, while Allen Crabbe dropped in 20. Ed Davis had 10 rebounds, D’Angelo Russell finished with 12 points and seven assists, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson booked four steals and Rodions Kurucs logged 13 points and three steals.
Joel Embiid had 33 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the 76ers. Ben Simmons added 22 points, seven assists, four steals and two blocks and Furkan Korkmaz went for 18 points, six assists and three steals.
Brooklyn: vs. Boston, Saturday; vs. Milwaukee, Monday; vs. Toronto, Wednesday
Philadelphia: at Minnesota, Saturday; at Dallas, Monday; at Atlanta, Wednesday