After a win against the Boston Celtics on Friday night, the Philadelphia 76ers were looking to make it two in a row against the Brooklyn Nets Saturday. The Nets controlled the first half and built a 20 point lead in the third quarter. The 76ers stormed all the way back, but their rally fell short in the 105-101 loss.
The Nets got Kevin Garnett back Saturday, after missing the previous 19 games with a back injury. He contributed in the win, playing 13 minutes, scoring 10 points, and grabbing four rebounds. Point guard Deron Williams led Brooklyn with a team high 19 points and nine assists. The Nets had four other double figure scorers in a balanced attack with Mason Plumlee leading the way with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Brooklyn built an early 27-21 advantage after the first quarter. The Nets continued the to extend that lead to 57-42 at the half. The Nets shot a very solid 51 percent of the field to take the lead as high as 22 points. The Sixers starting fighting back and trimmed the lead to 12, 81-69 at the end of the third quarter.
Philadelphia would rally all the way back to a one point game at 96-95, but Nets forward Mirza Teletovic nailed a three pointer to push the lead back to four. The Sixers got it back to a two point game at 103-101, but Marcus Thornton knocked down to free throws to ensure the 105-101 win.
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