NEWARK, N.J. Doug Collins made two changes to his starting lineup and two-plus hours later his team had snapped its four-game losing streak.
The Sixers snapped their skid with the 107-88 win and picked up their 30th win of the season.
The Sixers bench scored 60 points and had the teams three leading scorers in Spencer Hawes (19), Thaddeus Young (19) and Lou Williams (20).
The Sixers crushed the Nets in the rebounding category (53-36), which helped the Sixers get out in transition. They outscored the Nets on the fast break, 25-17.
The Sixers were also able to get to the foul line, which hasnt been the case much this season. They also shot a high percentage (88.5), connecting on 23 of 26 attempts.
The Sixers shot 46 percent, while holding the Nets to 39 percent. It was the most points the Sixers have scored since Jan. 13 when they tallied 120.
Turning pointThe Sixers learned at shootaround that they would have Jodie Meeks and Nic Vucevic in their starting lineup as opposed to Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes (see story). Turner started the previous 18 games and Hawes had started all 27 games he had played in this year.
The change brought chemistry and spacing to the starting lineup and bolster the offense of the bench.
The Meeks-for-Turner swap did not result in great production for either player. Turner scored two points, while Meeks had five.
Vucevic started but played just 13 minutes in part because Hawes played so well, as did Young.
Knowing the change was coming gave the team a different outlook from the opening tip.
Follow the leaderWilliams led five Sixers in double figures with his 20 points. Young and Hawes each scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Nets were led by Kris Humphries, who had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Deron Williams, who had 34 points the last time these two teams met, was limited to 14 points
Stat-egicThe Sixers continue to average the fewest turnovers in the league (11 per game), but they have averaged 16 in their last three contest. They had 16 turnovers on Tuesday and the Nets scored 14 points off them.
Take a bowHawes had played in 108 games with the Sixers over two seasons coming into Tuesday night and started all of them. On numerous occasions, Hawes had said he plays better when he is mad.
Clearly being taken out of the starting lineup had the seven-footer upset and Hawes played accordingly. He hit 5 of 6 first-half shots to lead the Sixers at the half with 11 points.
I just want him to relax, Collins said of Hawes before the game. Spencer is such a good player. You all saw that the start of the year. When Spencer was playing like he was playing its one of the big reasons we got off to such a great start. We need him to play that way for us. He is so skilled. At one point in time he was averaging more than 12 rebounds a game. He is going to be fine.
Whats next?The Sixers will play at Toronto Wednesday night, a team they lost to by 21 last Wednesday. The Raptors are also a team the Sixers held to an opponents season-low 62 points when they won by 35 points the seventh game of the season.
In the recent matchup, the Sixers allowed Toronto to shoot 51 percent from the floor, including 9 of 21 from behind the arc.
Andrea Bargnani scored a game-high 24 points, with most of his shots coming from the outside. The Sixers will try and force him to play in the post Wednesday night.
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