With the Sixers still stinging from a 31-point loss three nights earlier, that was just fine by them.
Iguodala scored 16 points, including a late 3-pointer to give Philadelphia the lead, and knocked the ball away from Terrence Williams’(notes) hands before the Nets could attempt a tying shot to give the 76ers a 97-94 win over New Jersey on Friday night.
“I wish we could have played better,” Iguodala said. “We’ll still take the win. It counts.”
The Nets were without six players due to injury and had only a four-man bench.
“You go with what you got,” Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. “It’s not a sympathy league.”
After Lopez tied the game at 92 with a pair of free throws, Iguodala made a 3-pointer to put the 76ers up with 2:03 left.
New Jersey lost guard Courtney Lee(notes) early in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury. The Nets were already missing guards Keyon Dooling(notes) (hip surgery), Chris Douglas-Roberts(notes) (flu), and Devin Harris(notes) (strained right groin); as well as forwards Tony Battie(notes) (right knee), Yi Jianlian(notes) (sprained right knee) and Jarvis Hayes(notes) (strained left hamstring).
New Jersey built a 73-65 lead with 1:51 left in the third quarter and carried it into the fourth quarter.
Williams’s short jumper made it 87-81 with 7:54 remaining, but the Sixers came back with an 11-3 run to take a 92-90 lead with 2:54 left.
Lopez then hit a pair of free throws to tie the game before Iguodala’s 3 and the 76ers struggled briefly from the line to close out the Nets.
Eduardo Najera(notes) missed a seven-foot bank shot in traffic and Iguodala hauled in the rebound for the Sixers. After being fouled, he also made one of two, but kept the Nets from attempting to tie the game when he knocked the ball from Williams’ hand.
“They were desperate,” 76ers coach Eddie Jordan said. “When you play a desperate team that’s very well-coached, it’s going to be a battle. We found a way to win.”
NOTES: Sixers coach Eddie Jordan was an assistant under Nets coach Lawrence Frank when they reached the NBA Finals in 2002 and 03. … In 1996-97, the Nets began 0-5 and won a game before finishing 26-56. … Hassell hadn’t scored in eight minutes all season before his double-double against the Sixers. … The game had 22 lead changes and 17 ties. … Marreese Speights(notes) added 10 points for the Sixers.