(SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets have dropped three in a row and will
try to get back into the win column when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on
Brooklyn dropped two at home to the Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder,
then fell in a hard-fought battle on the road to the Indiana Pacers on
The Nets fell 97-96 to the league's best team and despite their struggles
recently, Brooklyn is still 10-4 in 2014.
Paul Pierce had a pair of 3-point looks that could've tied the game against
Indiana, but neither fell. The Nets did force 24 Pacers turnovers, which was a
season-high for Indiana.
"We gave ourselves a great opportunity to win on the road against the top team
in the East," Nets head coach Jason Kidd said. "That's what you ask from your
guys. The guys fought and we played a lot better."
Shaun Livingston set a season high with 24 points in a losing effort. Kevin
Garnett registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Joe
Johnson, Pierce and Deron Williams scored in double figures.
The Nets play four of their next five at The Barclays Center.
Philly is sputtering a bit, losing two straight and five of six.
After a 26-point home loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday in which head coach
Brett Brown described it as the "worst loss of the season," the Sixers had no
answers for the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.
Andre Drummond led four Pistons with 20 or more as Detroit cruised to a 113-96
"It's definitely tough when you're losing basketball games," said forward
Thaddeus Young. "But we can't let that deter what we're trying to do or get
off of the path we're trying to take."
Tony Wroten started for rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who was a late scratch
with a sore right shoulder, and led the Sixers with 18 points in the setback.
Evan Turner and Elliot Williams had 15 points each, and Young went for 14
points with five steals.
The Sixers play their next two at home, then hit the road for a western trip
before the All-Star break.
Each team has won a home game this season against the other, although Brooklyn
is 6-4 in its last 10 overall. Philly has dropped three straight as the
visitor in this series.
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