Hawes helps 76ers end losing streak

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PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins said Spencer Hawes' greatest enemy is often himself.
"Spencer's middle name is 'frustration' sometimes," Collins said.
But not Monday night. Hawes overcame a rough defensive start to record a season-high 24 points, along with 10 rebounds and a season-high seven assists, as the Sixers halted 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, the first time this season three Sixers had double-doubles in the same game. Philadelphia (24-39), which had dropped 12 of its previous 13 games, placed six players in double figures in scoring, shot 52.6 percent and matched its season high of 31 assists, on 40 field goals.
Evan Turner also scored 16 and Dorell Wright 15 for the Sixers while Damien Wilkins had 13.
"I think it was the best 48-minute game we've played in a while," Hawes said.
Deron Williams had 27 points, including the 10,000th of his career, and added 13 assists for the Nets, who saw a three-game winning streak end. Joe Johnson had 20 points and Brook Lopez added 19 for Brooklyn (37-27).
"We just didn't play," coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "They played better than we did. We didn't defend right from the very beginning. They played harder than we did."
Lopez notched 14 of his points in the opening period, but Hawes answered with 10.
"He didn't let himself get upset when Lopez hit a couple tough shots," Collins said.
"A couple of those shots he hit," Hawes said, "you've kind of just got to live with those. ... That's why he's an All-Star."
Hawes poured in 14 of his points in the second half, including four in a critical 12-6 run late in the game. Two of those came after he twice grabbed offensive rebounds and scored with 5:07 left to give Philadelphia a 96-89 lead. Carlesimo called it "one of the biggest possessions of the game."
"He got around the basket," Collins said. "When Spencer gets into a tough game, he floats out to the perimeter."
"They always tell me there's gold in the paint," Hawes said. "I guess I listened tonight."
The Sixers led 80-66 with 1:47 left in the third quarter, and still held a 86-75 advantage with 10:40 remaining in the game before Brooklyn made a run. 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 scored nine points in the first 10:13 of the third quarter, as the Sixers moved to a 14-point lead. 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 featuring five points by Andray Blatche.
NOTES: Holiday and Young each recorded their 17th double-double of the season. It was the 11th for Hawes. ... Williams surpassed 10,000 points early in the fourth quarter but called it "just another number" and added, "I'm more worried about the loss than the record or anything like that."... 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. 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. ... Reggie Evans had 11 rebounds for Brooklyn. ... The Sixers sank eight of their 15 3-point attempts, the Nets six of 19. ... Brooklyn shot 49.4 percent from the floor.

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