76ers 121, Nets 120 (OT)
PHILADELPHIA -- Forward Evan Turner coaxed in a layup at the overtime buzzer Friday night, as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 121-120 to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Turner, who collected 29 points and 10 rebounds, took a handoff from center Spencer Hawes at the top of the circle and drove the left side of the lane before firing from close range while surrounded by defenders. The ball danced on the rim before dropping through.
Forward Thaddeus Young added 25 points for the Sixers (8-19), who on Monday had been drubbed 130-94 by the Nets in Brooklyn, behind guard Joe Johnson's 37-point explosion.
Johnson did not play Friday for personal reasons. Brooklyn (9-17), which lost for the third time in four games, also rested veteran forward Kevin Garnett.
Guard Alan Anderson scored a season-high 26 points for the Nets. Forward Paul Pierce had 24, as well as 10 rebounds.
Center Brook Lopez had 22, and forward Mirza Teletovic matched his career high of 18. Point guard Deron Williams contributed 17 points and 14 assists.
Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who had missed the previous seven games -- all losses -- with a skin infection on his right knee, had 15 points and 10 assists.
Carter-Williams' two free throws gave the Sixers a 116-115 lead with 2:30 left in the extra period. Young added a 3-pointer, but Deron Williams countered with a jumper. Pierce then made a 3-pointer from the right wing with 16.9 seconds left, giving the Nets a 120-119 advantage.
Brooklyn was clinging to an 83-82 advantage after three quarters. The teams traded the lead three times until Anderson triggered a 9-2 run midway through the fourth quarter with a jumper. Lopez added a free throw, and Pierce's 3-pointer with 4:24 gave Brooklyn a 103-101 lead.
After Wroten tied it with a layup, Williams dropped in a free throw and Lopez made a jumper, giving the Nets a 106-103 lead with 3:09 remaining.
The Sixers surged back on front on a pair of jumpers by Young, but Anderson gave Brooklyn a 108-107 lead when he made two foul shots with 1:06 to play. Turner tied it with a free throw with 50.4 seconds left.
Carter-Williams and Williams each missed potential game-winning shots in the closing seconds.
The Sixers sank nine of their first 12 shots, four of those by Turner, to establish a 19-10 advantage early in the game, but by the end of the first quarter Brooklyn surged into a 31-29 lead courtesy of Deron Williams' 10 points.
Teletovic nailed three 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the second period, allowing his team to push its lead to 49-44, but the Sixers closed the quarter with a 16-8 spree to go up 60-57 at the half. Backup guard Tony Wroten had five points in that run, while Carter-Williams contributed four.
Turner, who made his first eight shots, finished the half 9-for-11 from the field for 18 points. Teletovic had 15, on five 3-pointers, to pace the Nets.
Anderson then exploded for 16 points in the third period, during which Brooklyn established an 81-73 lead, only to see the Sixers reel off nine of quarter's last 11 points -- the last five of those by Wroten -- to creep within one, at 83-82.
NOTES: 76ers F Thaddeus Young refuted a report that emerged Thursday, saying he had asked to be traded. In fact he denied it twice -- once after Friday's shoot-around, once before the game. "When I saw the story (Thursday), I looked at it, I laughed and then I went back to playing with my two sons," he said a little over an hour before tipoff. "That tells you how much I cared about it. At the end of the day, I am here, ready to go, today, 110 percent. ... One hundred and 10 percent ready to go out there, hustle and give my everything to this team and to this organization and to this city, like I have been for the last seven years." ... Nets G Jason Terry (bruised left knee) missed his 15th straight game, while F Andrei Kirilenko sat out his 21st in a row with back spasms.