Nets vs. 76ers: Philadelphia Fourth Quarter Explosion Dooms New Jersey

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Nets vs. 76ers: Philadelphia Fourth Quarter Explosion Dooms New Jersey
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After playing to a 66-66 standstill after three quarters, the Philadelphia 76ers blew the doors off the New Jersey Nets in the fourth, going on to win 102-86.

Philadelphia went 15-of-19 from the field in the final frame, outscoring New Jersey 36-20.

Louis Williams and Thaddeus Young combined to go 8-for-10 during that stretch, as the Nets had no answer for them. Williams finished the night with 15 points and Young had 13.

The Nets were not awful in the fourth, shooting at 45 percent, but obviously could have played better. After making it to the free-throw line 15 times in the first half, New Jersey had just five free throw attempts in the second half, with none of them coming in the last 12 minutes.

Particularly egregious in that regard was Brook Lopez, who scored 17 points in the first half on the strength of a 9-of-10 performance at the line. Lopez did not attempt a single free throw in the second, finishing the night with 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting.

Lopez was not the main problem, though, as his teammates combined to shoot just 38 percent, with Devin Harris being the only other Net in double figures at 19. He also had six assists.

Jrue Holiday was Philadelphia's leading scorer with 20 points, and his 13 assists gave him a double-double. Andre Iguodala added 16 points of his own, while Elton Brand also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Brook Lopez drew fouls and got to the line often in the first half, but did not visit the stripe once after halftime.

Nets rookie Damion James saw his most action of the season and had his moments. He finished the game with six points and seven rebounds, three of them on offense, but also missed a few shots around the basket and seems to have a certain amount of flatness on his shot.

He was a decent shooter in college, though, and could eventually develop into a solid player in the NBA.

This loss is disappointing for New Jersey.

The Nets have consistently been in games until the very end, and in some cases, were just a shot or two away from wins that would have made them an above .500 team. The 76ers had just three wins on the season, making it a game the Nets could, and some would say should, have won.

To have such a lopsided final score against a team like Philadelphia is very discouraging, especially after beating Atlanta and nearly beating Boston earlier this week.

That's the way it goes sometimes, and New Jersey has to bounce back strong as they head back home to take on the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night.

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