The Brooklyn Nets nearly blew a 19-point lead against the Atlantic Division’s bottom dweller, but hung on in the final minutes to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-102 at the Barclays Center on Monday night.
The Nets forced 25 turnovers and tied a season high with 15 steals including seven steals from Shaun Livingston which was his personal career best. Paul Pierce led with 25 points, Deron Williams, in his second start since coming back from his ankle injury, had 21 points and Mirza Teletovic had 20.
The Nets got things off on the right foot as they quickly established a 15-point lead in the first quarter. The 76ers cut that to just five by halftime, but then fell behind again in the third. The biggest lead was 19 points with 4:21 left in the third. It was cut to two with 3:41 in the fourth, but D-Will, MT3 and Pierce stepped up in the final minutes to hold on to the lead.
“A win is a win, but we can’t be happy with the way we closed the game,” Pierce said. Pierce also threw the bench under the bus when he singled it out as the problem during this game.