(Sports Network) - Perhaps the dark cloud that has been hovering over the
Philadelphia 76ers will evaporate when they return home for four straight
games, starting with Monday's bout with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Sixers are coming off an unsuccessful three-game road trip, which
culminated with Sunday's 99-91 loss against the Orlando Magic. Thaddeus Young
has been the lone bright spot for the Sixers lately and led the team with a
game-high 26 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds.
"They just made shots at the end," Young said after the Sixers' 13th straight
loss on the road. "I think we played good defense but they made some tough
Young is averaging 19.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.7 steals in March.
Damien Wilkins finished with 16 points against Orlando and Spencer Hawes added
15 for Philadelphia, which has dropped five in a row and 12 of 13 games.
Philadelphia, which is last in the Atlantic Division, is 17-16 at Wells Fargo
Center and will also entertain Miami, Indiana and Portland. Every team the
76ers will face on this homestand is in the postseason mix.
Meanwhile, the Nets are 2 1/2 games behind New York for the Atlantic Division
lead and fourth overall in the Eastern Conference standings -- two games in
back of the idle Pacers.
Brooklyn has won three in a row and eight of 12 games, including Saturday's
93-80 victory at Atlanta. One night after sinking 11 3-pointers en route to 42
points versus Washington, Nets point guard Deron Williams settled down to the
tune of 17 points against the Hawks.
Williams is averaging 24.9 ppg in his last seven games. Brook Lopez ended with
18 points and nine rebounds, while Andray Blatche also scored 18 for the Nets.
"Our shots really started falling," Lopez said. "I missed a few easy ones in
the first half, but I got some good looks and our guys set some good screens
The Nets have won two in a row on the road and are 16-13 as the visitor. They
have beaten Philadelphia twice this season and four of the last six times the
two division foes have met. However, the 76ers are 10-4 in the past 14
meetings between the teams.
The Nets are unbeaten in three straight trips to south Philly.
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