Deron Williams, Shaun Livingston Lead Brooklyn Nets Past Philadelphia 76ers

By Mark Wilson

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The Brooklyn Nets entered their game against the Philadelphia 76ers in the midst of a three-game losing streak.

Losing three games in a row would have brought the boo birds out if this was December, but these Nets and their fans have tasted the good life so the losing streak was seen as nothing but a bump in the road. The losses were against three possible playoff teams in the Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers. After starting the year as hot as they did we knew they would come crashing down to earth soon.

If you are looking to end a winless drought there is no better team to face than the 76ers as they are one of the NBA bottom feeders. The Nets played without All-Star Joe Johnson, Andray Blatche and Andrei Kirilenko but still managed to come out victorious. The backcourt of Deron Williams and Shaun Livingston provides the Nets with a threat many teams wish they had. To be able to put out two point guards on the floor at the same time gives the Nets steady ball-handling and great decision makers on the floor as their turnovers have decreased since the small ball era.

Paul Pierce proved that he still has a little gas left in the tank as he reminded the 76ers why he used to run the Atlantic Division for so many years. Mirza Teletovic continues to provide quality minutes and bench production when given the opportunity. Kevin Garnett is showing flashes of why he was once considered one of the best defensive players in the league with his contributions lately.

The Nets must find a way to get back to their wining ways if they want to have a shot at wining the division. They are four games away from .500 and still hold the No. 7 seed, but they have a chance to climb as high as third if they can regain their focus. The win against the 76ers was a step in the right direction.

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