Sixers Remain Winless with 99-91 Loss to Nets
PHILADELPHIA -- Alan Anderson scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, and the Brooklyn Nets beat Philadelphia 99-91 on Wednesday night to extend the 76ers' season-opening skid to 15 games - matching a franchise record.
Philadelphia rallied from a 20-point deficit in the first half to the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Anderson and Mirza Teletovic led the way for the Nets in the final period. Teletovic had six of his nine points in the fourth.
Joe Johnson had 21 points and Brook Lopez scored 19 for Brooklyn (6-8), which won for just the second time in eight games. Deron Williams added 17 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
K.J. McDaniels and Tony Wroten scored 18 apiece for Philadelphia, which matched the 1972-73 team that started with 15 losses on its way to setting an NBA record for fewest wins in an 82-game schedule at 9-73.
The 2009-10 Nets own the league record for consecutive losses to open the season with 18, and the Sixers could break the record with a loss to Oklahoma City on Dec. 5.
Philadelphia will try again for its first win when it hosts Dallas on Saturday. Then the Sixers get San Antonio at home on Monday and travel to Minnesota for a Dec. 3 game before returning home to play the Thunder.
Philadelphia became the eighth team in NBA history to begin the season with at least 15 straight losses. Only four teams ever have started with more than 15 straight defeats.
The Sixers opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run to grab their first lead at 74-72 with 10:25 remaining. The run was capped by Nerlens Noel's alley-oop dunk off a pass from Michael Carter-Williams.
But Brooklyn re-took the lead on Teletovic's layup that made it 76-74 with 9:40 left. Williams made a jumper with 2:48 to play to increase the Nets' advantage to 90-83.
The 76ers got as close as two and had the ball with chance to tie with a minute left, but Wroten threw the ball away. Kevin Garnett hit a 19-footer on Brooklyn's ensuing possession to make it 93-89 with 32.8 seconds left.
Brooklyn scored the first nine points of the second half to go up 58-41 on Bojan Bogdanovic's layup. But Philadelphia outscored the Nets 26-14 in the final 8:58 of the third quarter to pull within five heading into the final period.
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