Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and the Sixers suffered a 127-97 loss to Kevin Garnett's Nets on Monday. (AP)
The Sixers hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center and the crowd quickly learned what rebuilding looks like in a 127-97 defeat.
The Sixers allowed the Nets to score 65 points in the first half, despite the Nets playing without Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko.
Brooklyn converted 61 percent of its shots in the first half. The Nets shot 54 percent from the floor for the game and 52 percent from behind the three-point arc.
The Nets also scored 27 points off the Sixers’ 18 turnovers.
It was clear from the start that the Sixers were overmatched. They gave up 38 first-quarter points, trailed by 16 points at the half and the Nets pushed that lead to 20 points early in the third quarter.
Follow the leader
Evan Turner led all scorers with 23 points. He added five rebounds and four assists for the game, while connecting on 6 of 7 free throw attempts.
Mirza Teletovic and Chris Johnson paced the Nets with 21 points apiece off the bench. Joe Johnson scored 18 points and shot 4 for 8 from the three-point line.
Rebounding and bench play will be weaknesses for the Sixers on most nights this season. The Sixers were outrebounded 54-31 in the game and their bench was outscored 67-33.
Take a bow
Shaun Livingston has never averaged double-figure points in his eight-year career. Livingston was amazing for the Nets on Monday night. He made all seven of his field goal attempts for 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out eight assists.
Sixers first-round pick Michael Carter-Williams has been compared to the player Livingston was prior to suffering a gruesome knee injury five years ago. Carter-Williams finished with 12 points, four assists and two rebounds.
The Sixers play in Charlotte on Thursday with a rare 11 a.m. tipoff.