Sixers-Nets: Inside the box score

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Sixers-Nets: Inside the box score

Evan Turner provided the Sixers fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center Friday night with an electrifying finish, scoring a buzzer-beater to lift the Sixers, 121-120, past the Nets, ending the team's seven-game losing streak (see story).

Let’s take a closer look at some numbers from the matchup:

• There were 31 lead changes and 21 ties in the Sixers’ OT victory. Meanwhile, in five overtime games this season, the Sixers are 4-1. The Sixers’ last four victories have come in overtime.

• The Sixers topped 120 points for the fourth time this season. The record for most games scoring 120-plus was six, set in 1993-94. Last season, the Sixers topped 110 points in a game just once.

• Michael Carter-Williams registered his seventh double-double of the season, going for 15 points and 10 assists. He also had three steals and leads the NBA with 3.13 steals per game.

• The Sixers outscored Brooklyn in the paint, 66-30. The Sixers have been outscored in the paint just once this season and rank second in the league in points in the paint.

• Evan Turner contributed 10 rebounds to his game-high 29 points. It was the 18th time Turner topped 20 points in a game this season after doing it just 17 times last year. He also posted his sixth double-double of the season.

• Despite shooting just 3 for 14, Spencer Hawes nearly had a triple-double. With a pair of three-pointers and two free throws, Hawes scored 10 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds to go with eight assists.

• Brooklyn got a career-high 26 points from Alan Anderson. Anderson hit a career-high five three-pointers, while forward Mirza Teletovic hit six three-pointers for 18 points. Brook Lopez (22) and Paul Pierce (24) also scored 20-plus for the Nets.

• Lavoy Allen quietly had 10 points with seven rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes.

• Deron Williams had 14 assists after dishing out 13 assists against the Sixers on Monday.

• The Sixers added to their NBA record by allowing 15 three-pointers in a game for the seventh time this season. Brooklyn hit 21 threes against the Sixers on Monday.

Sixers-Grizzlies 5 things: Walking wounded duel in Memphis

Sixers-Grizzlies 5 things: Walking wounded duel in Memphis

The Sixers (4-17) open a three-game road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies (14-8) at FedEx Forum on Tuesday night (8 p.m./TCN and CSNPhilly.com).

Let's take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Walking wounded
There will be enough players between both teams for the Sixers and Grizzlies to play on Tuesday ... barely.

The Sixers, losers of seven straight, have several key players sidelined for the opener of this road trip. The biggest absence will obviously be Joel Embiid, who will sit out for rest after struggling Monday in the first game of the back-to-back set.

Joining Embiid on the shelf for Tuesday's game will be Jahlil Okafor and Robert Covington while Jerryd Bayless is questionable to suit up. That's in addition to Ben Simmons and Nerlens Noel having yet to play this season.

The Sixers won't find much sympathy in Memphis as the Grizzlies' injury situation is actually worse.

After using an NBA record 28 different players last season because of injury, the Grizzlies have already received a hardship exemption from the league this year to sign guard Toney Douglas. That's because the Grizz are currently down five players, including star guard Mike Conley and swingman Chandler Parsons.

2. One big problem
One player who will be suiting up for the Grizzlies is Marc Gasol, which is certainly bad news for the Sixers.

Now in his ninth season, Gasol is playing some of his best basketball. Despite the center's rebounds dipping to 5.7 a game, he is putting up career highs in points (18.9) and assists (4.2).

The Sixers know all too well just how good Gasol has been this season. The two-time All-Star went off for 27 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks in the Grizzlies' double-overtime win over the Sixers on the night before Thanksgiving.

That was before the Sixers got hit even harder by the injury bug. There's no telling what Gasol will do against a team with one available center in Richaun Holmes.

3. Foul play
With so many players not able to take the floor, the Sixers -- Holmes in particular -- would be wise to stay out of foul trouble.

The Sixers average 22.0 fouls per game, the fifth-highest mark in the league.

On the flip side, the Sixers could benefit from attacking the Grizzlies. Memphis is obviously limited with players because of its own injury issues and actually averages 23.8 fouls per game, the second-highest rate in the NBA.

4. Injuries
Bayless (wrist) is questionable. Embiid (rest), Okafor (illness), Covington (knee/illness), Noel (knee) and Simmons (foot) are out for the Sixers.

Zach Randolph (personal) is a game-time decision. Conley (back), Parsons (knee), Vince Carter (hip), James Ennis (calf) and Brandan Wright (ankle) are out for the Grizzlies.

5. This and that
- The Sixers have lost eight straight to the Grizzlies.

- The Grizzlies are 10-0 in games decided by five points or less or have reached overtime.

- The Sixers are 1-6 in games Embiid has sat out this season.

Sixers name Elton Brand as Player Development Consultant

Sixers name Elton Brand as Player Development Consultant

Elton Brand is back with the Sixers, albeit not on the court.

The Sixers agreed with the former NBA forward to name Brand Player Development Consultant. In a press release, the team said Brand will be working with Sixers players in 'every facet of their on- and off-court development' while also working in the front office.

“We are extremely excited to bring Elton Brand back into the organization where he will be a valuable resource to our young and developing team," Bryan Colangelo said in the release. "Elton’s leadership and character displayed throughout his playing career as a player align perfectly with our vision, direction and culture of this basketball team, coaching staff and management group."

Brand retired during training camp after 17 NBA seasons, including five with the Sixers over two stints. The 6-foot-8 forward came out of retirement last season to provide a veteran presence for the Sixers and eventually played in 17 games when the team was snakebitten by injuries. 

He will now continue to be an influence on the Sixers' young core thanks to his new role with the basketball operations department.