76ers 106, Nets 97

The Sports Xchange
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PHILADELPHIA -- Spencer Hawes combined a season-high 24 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists Monday night, and the Philadelphia 76ers ended a five-game losing streak with a 106-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Thaddeus Young added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 11 assists for the Sixers (24-39), who had dropped 12 of their previous 13 games. Evan Turner scored 16 and Dorell Wright 15 for Philadelphia, which shot 52.6 percent and matched its season high of 31 assists, on 40 field goals.
Deron Williams had 27 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who saw a three-game winning streak end. Joe Johnson had 20 points and Brook Lopez 19 for Brooklyn (37-27).
The Sixers led 80-66 with 1:47 left in the third quarter, and 86-75 with 10:40 remaining in the game, before holding off a spirited Brooklyn charge. A jumper by Johnson with 7:41 to play cut the gap to 91-87, but Turner answered with a 3-pointer for Philadelphia.
Another jumper by Johnson, with 6:52 left, made it 94-89, but the Sixers rattled off the next five points and 12 of the next 18.
Wright packed all 13 of his first-half points into the second quarter, when the Sixers nailed 12 of their 19 shots and outscored the Nets 29-18. That enabled Philadelphia to claim a 53-46 halftime lead.
Hawes had 10 points in the first half for the Sixers. Lopez had 16 in the first 24 minutes for Brooklyn, with all but two of those coming in the first period.
Hawes added nine points in the first 10:13 of the third quarter, as the Sixers moved to a 14-pointlead. But the Nets answered with a 9-2 flurry at the end of the period, with Williams scoring the last four. After the Sixers assumed an 86-75 advantage early in the final period, Brooklyn went on a 12-5 run that features five points by Andray Blatche.
NOTES: Sixers coach Doug Collins was asked if he had any warnings for the Philadelphia Eagles' new head coach, Chip Kelly, who visited Collins in his office before the game. "I told him just the opposite," Collins said. "I just told him what an incredible city this is, and how much they love their Eagles. ... I said he couldn't find a better place to be a coach." ... The Nets stand to pay $13 million in luxury tax. Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo said it's a sign of team owner Mikhail Prokhorov's commitment to winning. "Giving a coach a long-term contract is more important," Carlesimo joked, "but other than that, if you've got an owner that's willing to spend money and not pay lip service ... that's fantastic." ... Harvey Pollack, the Sixers' legendary director of statistical information, was saluted between the first and second quarters. Pollack, who has been part of the NBA for as long as it has been in existence, celebrated his 91st birthday Saturday. ... Sixers guard Nick Young missed his seventh straight game with a sprained left ankle.

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