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Friday, December 20, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Sixers 121, Nets 120 (OT)

By Mike Mazzeo

PHILADELPHIA -- With Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett out, the Brooklyn Nets needed a lot from Deron Williams and Brook Lopez Friday night in Philadelphia.

They didn't get it.

Williams and Lopez weren't as good as their stat lines may have indicated, and the Nets allowed the Sixers to end an eight-game losing streak with a 121-120 overtime loss at Wells Fargo Center.

Evan Turner capped off a 29-point night by hitting the winning shot at the buzzer. It bounced on the rim three times before dropping through the net.

Williams (17 points, season-high 14 assists) had six turnovers, and Lopez (22 points, seven rebounds) was frequently beaten for loose rebounds.

The Nets were outrebounded 49-36 and lost the points in the paint battle, 66-30. They allowed the Sixers to shoot 51 percent from the field.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Nets (9-17) have lost two games in a row. Brooklyn is 0-13 this season when giving up more than 100 points.

ODDS AND ENDS: Paul Pierce, starting for the first time in six games because Johnson was unable to go, finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in 44 minutes.

Mirza Teletovic hit a career-high six 3-pointers and finished with a career-high tying 18 points.

Alan Anderson had 16 of his season-high 26 points in the third quarter.

Williams had his third straight game of 10 or more assists. The last time he did so was Jan. 23-27, 2012. Shaun Livingston had a season-high 11 assists.

The Nets started their 12th different lineup through the first 26 games of the season. They used 13 different starting lineups all of last season.

UP NEXT: The Nets don't play again until Monday night, when they host the Indiana Pacers.