Sixers vs. Nets 7 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
The Sixers kicked off their epic eight-game road trip in Brooklyn on Dec. 23 with a 95-92 defeat. Though the Sixers made eight three-pointers and converted five more field goals than the Nets, the foul-line disparity decided the game. The Sixers went 8 for 10 from the line while the Nets went 21 for 30.
We had five more field goals, we were even on threes, plus-five on rebounding, plus-14 points off second chance, coach Doug Collins said after the loss. We just keep talking to them about the moment of truth to get in there and get hit. That moment of truth when youre in there we had the ball in the paint 48 times. I have to be really careful because I dont want to give away my holiday money. I have to be really careful. We have to continue to get in there and find a way.
Sixers: 15-20 (fourth place in Atlantic Division)
Nets: 19-15 (second place in Atlantic Division)
The Sixers head into yet another back-to-back riding a three-game losing streak. After beating the Lakers to open 2013, the Sixers fell short in Phoenix and were blown out in Oklahoma City and San Antonio on back-to-back nights.
In the three losses, the Sixers have been outscored by a combined 52 points.
Brooklyn has been on a roll since head coach Avery Johnson was fired on Dec. 29. With P.J. Carlesimo at the helm, the Nets have won five of six games, including the last three. One of those victories was a 110-93 drubbing of the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
In the three straight victories, the Nets have outscored the opposition by a combined 39 points.
After a slow start, Spencer Hawes has found his stride. He scored 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting during the loss in San Antonio, and grabbed 13 rebounds the night before in Oklahoma City. Over the last six games, in which Hawes clocked 24 minutes, he has averaged 12.8 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Jrue Holiday continued his drive for an All-Star berth with a strong road trip. In the eight games, the point guard averaged 19.3 points, 9.3 assists and a strong 5.3 rebounds. Holiday also averaged 37 minutes during the trip even though he didnt clock more than 32 minutes in the last two games.
For the Nets, Brook Lopez has posted 23.3 points and shot 59 percent in the last three games. Additionally, Joe Johnson has averaged 22 points and shot 51 percent during the same stretch.
Evan Turner has struggled with his shooting over the last seven games. Though he posted double-digits in points in 17 straight games, Turner has scored at least 10 points in six of his last 10. Meanwhile, Turner shot 27 for 75 (36 percent) in his last seven games.
Jrue Holiday (18.4 ppg, 8.9 apg)
Jason Richardson (10.8 ppg, 4 rpg)
Lavoy Allen (6.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
Thad Young (14.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg)
Evan Turner (14.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
Reggie Evans (8.3 rpg, 2.7 fouls per game)
Gerald Wallace (10.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
Brook Lopez (18.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
Joe Johnson (17.1 ppg, 3.4 apg)
Deron Williams (16.6 ppg, 7.8 apg)
Andrew Bynum (bone bruise) is out indefinitely.
Kwame Brown (personal issues) is questionable.
Spencer Hawes (face laceration) will play on Tuesday.
For the Nets, Kris Humphries (ankle) is questionable.
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