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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Nets 95, Sixers 92

By Mike Mazzeo

WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets got off the schneid.

They snapped a three-game losing streak with a narrow 95-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center.

The Nets (14-12) hadn’t beaten the Sixers (13-15) at home since April 5, 2009 (six straight losses).

MR. CONSISTENCY: Including Sunday’s team-high 22-point performance, Joe Johnson has scored 16 or more points in his last seven games. Johnson had 10 of his points in the third quarter.

D-WILL: Deron Williams had 17 points on 5-for-11 shooting -- nine in the fourth quarter. He added five assists and six rebounds. At one point, he missed six straight shots. He did deliver the knockout punch, a 3-pointer with 1:04 left that gave the Nets an 89-82 lead. He then hit a couple huge free throws with 7.6 seconds remaining.

STAT STUFFER: Gerald Wallace had 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals.

FIVE-SPOT: Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche combined for 24 points and 11 rebounds.

HERE’S A SHOCK: Brooklyn outscored Philadelphia, 11-2, in the fastbreak.

DNP: Despite being active, Kris Humphries did not play for the first time this season.

STACK SLAM: Jerry Stackhouse, 38, finished a two-handed dunk in the fourth quarter. Stackhouse had been out the last five games due to a sore right knee.

GOOD FOR A CHANGE: The Nets outscored the Sixers 26-23 in the third quarter.

ON THE RUN: The Nets ripped off an 18-0 run during which they made seven straight shots to go up 22-12 in the first quarter.

YUCK: The Nets missed nine of their first 11 shots and trailed 12-4. Lopez and Johnson combined to go 1-for-9 during that stretch.

CHANGING IT UP: The Nets started Wallace at power forward and Keith Bogans (season-high 13 points) at small forward. It was their sixth different starting lineup this season.

UP NEXT: Nets vs. Celtics, Christmas Day at noon. Will we see another skirmish?