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Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers Takeaways and Grades 12/18/16

Dec 18, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) shoots as Philadelphia 76ers guard T.J. McConnell (1) defends during the third quarter of the game at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers won the game 108-107. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets continued their three-game road trip in Philadelphia Sunday night. Unfortunately for the Nets, they dropped their second straight game ahead of their upcoming phantom menace three matchups.

The Brooklyn Nets’ matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers was arguably their most winnable game in a four-game stretch leading up to Christmas. However, Brooklyn failed to come out of Philadelphia with a victory.

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The game was another back-and-forth battle for the Nets, who lost another close one to the Orlando Magic Friday night. Last night’s game involved 18 lead changes (nine ties) in the first half alone. At the end of the first half, Brooklyn held a slim 57-54 lead.

The second half was when things got more interesting. The Nets came into the third quarter hot, quickly taking a six-point lead with an Isaiah Whitehead three-pointer to kick off the second half. In the third quarter, Brooklyn led by as much as nine, but Philadelphia answered back with a 11-4 run to cut the Nets’ lead to two, 72-70. At the end of three quarters, Philadelphia only trailed by three, 83-86.

One reason this game was one of the more winnable ones for the Nets (aside from the Sixers sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference) was that Philadelphia came into the game losing 82 straight games when trailing at the end of the third quarter. The situation played out the same way last night, but the Nets were unable to extend the Sixers’ streak to 83.

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In the fourth quarter, there was still more close action between both teams, but Philadelphia was able to begin pulling away. With 7:37 remaining in the game, the Sixers led 96-89. Then, Brooklyn started clawing their way back. The Nets went on a 7-0 run to come within one, and went on to take a 98-97 lead with 2:54 left. That would be the last time Brooklyn held the lead.

Coming down to two seconds, the Nets were still able to pull within one thanks to a Jeremy Lin three-pointer. Off the Sixers’ timeout and inbounds, Joe Harris was almost able to come up with the steal, but it was too late. Philadelphia held on and won, 108-107.

Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. On the Sixers’ end, Joel Embiid finished with a game-high 33 points and 10 rebounds.

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