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Paul Pierce, Deron Williams push Nets past 76ers

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The Philadelphia 76ers turned it over on 25 possessions and only totaled 20 assists in a disappointing performance in which they lost in a close game against the Brooklyn Nets, 108-102. This snaps a three-game losing streak for Brooklyn (21-25).

Paul Pierce had a quality performance, scoring 25 points on 5-9 shooting from the field (1-3 from behind the arc) and 14-14 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Brooklyn were Deron Williams with 21 points and 6 assists, and Shaun Livingston with 13 points and 8 assists. Despite the loss, Michael Carter-Williams put up 21 points for Philadelphia on 6-17 shooting (3-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 6-7 from the free throw line.

As expected, the 76ers offense, which averages the most errors in the NBA (TO% of 16.5%), struggled with 25 turnovers against a Brooklyn defense that forces the most (opponents' TO% of 28.4%). The 76ers had 20 assists against 25 turnovers for a ratio of .80. This year, they are 2-8 when having more turnovers than assists in a game. Conversely, the Nets are 4-2 when holding their opponents below an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.00.

Philadelphia (15-34) has now dropped their last three consecutive games.

Coming up, the Nets take on the San Antonio Spurs, who are 35-13 on the season. The 76ers go up against the Boston Celtics, currently sitting at 16-33 this year. The Nets are 0-1 versus San Antonio this season. The 76ers are 1-0 versus Boston this season.


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