Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions


The Philadelphia 76ers (15-15) play against the Brooklyn Nets (8-8) at Barclays Center

Game Time: 7:30 PM EST on Thursday December 16, 2021

Philadelphia 76ers 105, Brooklyn Nets 114 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
📼 | Highlights from another gutsy W in BK pic.twitter.com/HZyWM68pi711:01 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
Joel Embiid on increase in NBA COVID cases:
“I thought last year there was great precautions in place and this year it was just all over the place and I just thought it was unprofessional and that’s where we are now.”
Full quote below: pic.twitter.com/6lTPtm0aGy10:54 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
I’d like to table all MVP talk until at least the new year. Let’s just enjoy Jokic, Durant, Curry and Giannis without comparing them to each other for a minute. – 10:52 PM
Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
back home Sunday.
📝⤵ | @NJMIns10:48 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Blake Griffin on former #Pistons teammate James Ennis, whom the #Nets are expected to sign: “Great guy plays hard, great defense. Kind of just one of those guys that can do a little bit everything.” #NBA10:46 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Blake Griffin on being outside the rotation:
“Obviously I wanted to shoot better, but other than that, I didn’t know what else to change.” – 10:46 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Blake Griffin said James Ennis “can do a little bit of everything.” Adds he’s a good defender. – 10:45 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He’s the most unaffected basketball player of all-time — He gets everyone’s best defender every night … It’s demoralizing.”
⁃Blake Griffin on Kevin Durant. – 10:44 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Blake Griffin calls Langston Galloway “a knock-down shooter.” Said he enjoyed playing with him in Detroit and is an all-around good guy. He’s happy he’s here with him. – 10:44 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Blake Griffin says,
“Every time I missed, someone on the team told me keep shooting it.” – 10:43 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“When you have a guy like that leading, you have no choice but to fall in line.”
⁃Blake Griffin on Kevin Durant. – 10:42 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He put pressure on them.”
⁃Kevin Durant on Nic Claxton causing trouble for Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond. – 10:40 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“If they play meaningful minutes, it’s always good — It’s only going to help them going forward … It’s on us as veterans to help them on the way.”
⁃Kevin Durant on the young guys on the Nets. – 10:39 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant says,
“A lot of these teams, they scheme for me a little different — I got to be prepared for anything.” – 10:37 PM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Catching up with this one on delay, as I wasn’t up in Brooklyn. Just hit halftime and with the way things are going I’m not sure this one is going to quell the fans frustrations with Tobias.
We’ll see what the second half has in store, though. – 10:35 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant believes the Sixers came into tonight a bit relaxed since the Nets are short-handed. – 10:35 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“These guys have been dreaming about playing in this league their whole lives — I’m excited they get this opportunity.”
⁃Kevin Durant on the Nets rookies playing an important role right now. – 10:33 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant says,
“The challenge of winning is fun to me. No matter who’s on the floor.” – 10:32 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
34 points
11 rebounds
8 assists
Just unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/9pGkqVChuR10:30 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Free agent guard Shaquille Harrison will sign a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell @YahooSports. – 10:30 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers doomed by slow start in 114-105 loss to undermanned #Brooklyn #Nets. inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 10:24 PM
Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Tobias and Embiid seem like a weird fit to me since they both like to operate in the same areas on the court. Plus Tobias is not really a 3pt shooter. – 10:21 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers was upset at the fact that the Nets didn’t get called for any fouls in the 4th quarter and he yelled out “zero fouls” as he was walking of the postgame presser. I understand the frustration, but even with that, Philly shouldn’t have been in that position. #Sixers10:19 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
The Brooklyn Nets are planning to sign free agent James Ennis via hardship exemption, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. – 10:18 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Nic Claxton admits Blake Griffin wasn’t stressing about not being in the rotation before this week. – 10:13 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
When you see this look, it’s already too late.
@qatarairways pic.twitter.com/nUtohZeBsB10:13 PM

Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Nic Claxton admits Kevin Durant is more vocal right now with the Nets being short-handed. – 10:12 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“He the GOAT.”
⁃Nic Claxton on Kevin Durant. – 10:12 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Nic Claxton also says,
“My strength is something that I have to continue to work on.” – 10:11 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
“Zero fouls” Doc Rivers says as he walks out of his postgame press conference, referring to the number of Nets team fouls in the fourth quarter. – 10:11 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton says you have to give credit to Kevin Durant for instilling confidence in the rookies. #Nets10:11 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Nic Claxton confirms the rookies are going crazy right now. – 10:10 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton: “Our rookies going crazy right now.” – 10:10 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Nic Claxton says,
“My confidence is already pretty high.” – 10:10 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton on when he fell on his shoulder contesting Joel Embiid at the rim: “It’s crazy because I fell against him my rookie year and that when I hurt my shoulder, but this time wasn’t that bad. I’m good.” – 10:09 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton said he jumped too early on Embiid. Feels ok. Adds he injured his shoulder against Embiid his rookie year. I believe that was a labrum injury. – 10:09 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers said he hopes that Georges Niang can return very soon. If not next game, then the game after. #Sixers10:09 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“I’ll be ight.”
⁃Nic Claxton on his fall tonight. – 10:09 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Doc Rivers on the late timeout, and sending a message to the referees by doing it: “They needed to see that.” Felt Joel Embiid got fouled on his final three post touches, and didn’t get a call on any of them. Was stunned a team could go a whole quarter without a single team foul. – 10:09 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers was upset that Kevin Durant was allowed to just walk into triples late in the 4th quarter to really seal the game for the Nets right now #Sixers10:08 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“You never know when we’re going to need everyone on the roster — They can win us a game later in the season.”
⁃Steve Nash on the young guys on the Nets closing out games. – 10:05 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“The crowd is experiencing something unique — A lot of fun.”
⁃Steve Nash on Nets fans witnessing a rare situation being short-handed. – 10:03 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“These guys come to play — It’s been a pleasure to coach.”
⁃Steve Nash on the young guys on the Nets. – 10:02 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Nets are 2-0 with wins over Toronto and Philly since 7 players entered protocol.
Appreciate the greatness that comes in the form of Kevin Durant. – 10:02 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash praises the G League staff for teaching their young players the Nets system. – 10:01 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash confirms that Nic Claxton showed some toughness upon playing after taking a rough fall. – 10:01 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“It’s a quality win — They played last night, but that’s part of the deal in this league.”
⁃Steve Nash on beating the Philadelphia 76ers. – 10:00 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash thought the Nets were getting good looks in the third quarter, just weren’t converting. Thought they started going in the fourth, led by Durant, to help them close it out. – 10:00 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Joel Embiid has played the good soldier up to this point, and he had a capable sidekick in Seth Curry tonight, but I continue to wonder how long he’s going to be happy with the franchise in stasis, especially after losses like this one phillyvoice.com/instant-observ…10:00 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
That’s two straight brutal losses by the Sixers. Didn’t have Maxey tonight but also the Nets played David Duke Jr. and Kessler Edwards a combined 65 minutes – 9:59 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash says,
“Kevin (Durant) is special.” – 9:58 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
if you missed tonight’s game in Brooklyn, just follow the 76ers bench’s eyes for the recap. pic.twitter.com/5e9S6z6Arh9:58 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Last three games for KD, sans Harden:
39.7 points on 49% FG
9.3 assists
10.3 rebounds
Good grief – 9:58 PM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Kevin Durant is the 2nd player in Nets NBA history with 150 points over a 4-game span, joining Vince Carter.
Carter had 154 points over a 4-game span in February 2005. – 9:54 PM
Devin Kharpertian @uuords
I don’t know if Kevin Durant is the MVP but every time I watch him play basketball it feels like the sport was invented specifically for him – 9:53 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kevin Durant last 3 games, all without James Harden:
51-7-9, W
34-13-11, W
34-11-8, W pic.twitter.com/8CyZJrLbge9:53 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
The player grades following another loss tonight to the Nets on the road #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/lists/sixers-p… via @SixersWire #NBA9:53 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
39 minutes for KD tonight. Only three players are averaging more per game, and one of them is…LeBron – 9:53 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Sixers made it close but it’s another bad loss to a very shorthanded team. They lose to Brooklyn 114-105 to drop to 15-15. Kevin Durant is incredible.
Tobias Harris: 3-17 from the field on some great looks. Not enough help for Joel Embiid and Seth Curry and that starts with him. – 9:52 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Kevin Durant says,
“I’m so proud of everybody that stepped up — It’s a long season.” – 9:52 PM
Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
final from Brooklyn.
🪙@Cryptocom pic.twitter.com/GCoou0dNVq9:52 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Nets beat the Sixers 114-105 for their fourth straight win. Kevin Durant continues to carry the team. He finished with 34 points to lead five Nets in double-figures. Claxton continues to be aggressive and Blake Griffin’s return has been a plus. – 9:51 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Kevin Durant. Again. Goodnight. pic.twitter.com/XUcIQj8ote9:50 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
FINAL: Nets 114, Sixers 105 after Philly’s rally after falling behind comes up short (again). Durant with 34-11-8. Embiid with 32-9-6. Curry with 29 and 4 assists.
After that huge win over Golden State, it’s been a disappointing week for the Sixers — to say the least. – 9:50 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
FINAL: Nets 114, Sixers 105
Kevin Durant (34 PTS, 11 REBS, 8 ASTS), Blake Griffin (17 PTS, 9 REBS) & the Nets prove why they are the first seed in the East. Brooklyn dominated on the paint and on the glass while shooting an impressive 49% from the field and 48% from downtown. – 9:50 PM
The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
4-point play ‼
Kevin Durant is COOKIN’ ♨
pic.twitter.com/hDJEw0pA0b9:50 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Doc Rivers calls timeout with 3 seconds remaining and the Nets leading by nine to make a point of walking out to center court and holding up a “0” to the three game officials – referring to the number of fouls on Brooklyn in the fourth quarter. – 9:49 PM
Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Apparently Kevin Durant doesn’t mind being a one-man show, eh? – 9:49 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
If that game wasn’t the last straw for Daryl Morey having Tobias Harris as his team’s second option, I don’t know what it’s gonna take. – 9:47 PM
Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola
Kevin Durant is off the charts. – 9:46 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Blake Griffin was 0-of-4 from downtown but just hit a wide-open 3 to give the Nets a 110-103 lead over the 76ers with 1:13 to go in the 4th quarter. Kevin Durant has taken this game over down the stretch, but Griffin just hit a huge shot. – 9:45 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
That’s a back breaker. KD with a 4-point play and then Blake Griffin hits a 3-ball. Nets on top 110-103 with 1:18 left. #Sixers9:45 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Blake Griffin with the ICING ON THE CAKE from three after going 0-for-4 from there before that shot. Get a load of this team. – 9:45 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Now Blake Griffin hits a 3, his first of the night, to put the Nets up seven with 1:13 left. That had to feel good for him. – 9:45 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
does Durant ever stop – 9:45 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Twice in the final 3 minutes, the Sixers have tied the game. And, twice in the final 3 minutes, Kevin Durant has immediately answered with a bucket – including just converting a 4-point play after Tobias Harris fouled him on a 3. – 9:44 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant is just casually dribbling up the court and shooting over Tobias Harris. This time, he shoots over him and gets the foul. The MVP chants are blowing the roof off Barclays Center, and Durant has shown up Harris (3/17 FG) all night. – 9:44 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant with a four-point play after Embiid tied the game at 103. – 9:44 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Wow. Kevin Durant is crazy. – 9:43 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
KEVIN DURANT IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD! THIS IS INSANE! HOWWW?!! – 9:43 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
KD is v good. – 9:43 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets lead the Sixers 101-99 with 3:30 left. Kevin Durant approaching another 40-minute game, but has been the Nets’ closer tonight. – 9:41 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
This has to be the best all-around rookie class the Nets have ever drafted. – 9:40 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant just dribbled up court and shot over Tobias Harris like it was nothing. – 9:38 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Nets just don’t have a ball-handling guard out there and 76ers, with guys like Green and Milton and Thybulle – and even Drummond – just taking the ball away. They’ve cut it to one. – 9:38 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Embiid and Curry checking back in for the final 6:46 along with Milton, Green and Thybulle. – 9:36 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Blake Griffin and Nic Claxton have matched their season-highs with 14 and 17 points, respectively. – 9:34 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Yeesh. Shake Milton is called for his second consecutive charge, and now has five fouls (reminder no Maxey tonight) – 9:31 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Counting that run he got in Houston last week, Blake Griffin has really played decent since he returned to the rotation. – 9:31 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
With eight minutes to go in this game, Philly has managed to cut Brooklyn’s lead down to 1. Kevin Durant is back in, and on pace to play roughly 40 minutes again. – 9:31 PM
Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
we have ourselves a ball game in BKN! pic.twitter.com/wY8Gh7tQXh9:30 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Nets gotta get KD back in the game. Thybulle and Drummond have Mills in hell on the pick-and-roll. – 9:29 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Well, other Sixers have indeed scored. Corner 3s from Thybulle and Green, and steals and fastbreak finishes from Drummond and Thybulle have gotten Philly within one with 8:18 to play. The officials also let an obvious travel on Drummond’s breakaway slide. – 9:28 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Sixers just went on a 10-2 run and forced 4 Nets turnovers on the last 5 possession. 92-91, Nets. – 9:28 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Some huge plays here by the bench. Andre Drummond and Matisse Thybulle have come alive as Philly is within 92-91 with 8:18 left. #Sixers9:27 PM
Georges Niang @GeorgesNiang20
LETS GOOOO!!!!!!! – 9:27 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
MLS Cup champs @NYCFC in the building tonight!!! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/OX7yJ5YxCi9:26 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Good quarter for the Sixers to trim Nets’ lead to 85-79 heading to the fourth. But now they’ve got to get something from someone besides Embiid and Curry, who are both sitting. – 9:22 PM
Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
let’s do this.
🪙@Cryptocom pic.twitter.com/qLdqCGIwKh9:21 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
END OF Q3: Nets 85, 76ers 79
Sixers won the 3rd, 31-19, for their strongest quarter of the game. Embiid & Curry have combined for 49 points, but Tobias Harris is 3/15 & 0/4 from 3PT. Meanwhile KD on triple double watch, Kessler Edwards is balling out. Nets have to earn the win. – 9:21 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the third quarter: Nets lead the Sixers 85-79. The Nets’ 20-point lead was nearly erased, but they’re holding on for now. Durant with 21, Clax with 15 and Mills with 14. Bench outscoring the Sixers’ reserves 24-5. – 9:20 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
A couple of Brooklyn buckets pushes their lead back to 85-79 after 3. Joel Embiid and Seth Curry have been the main sources of offense thus far. #Sixers9:20 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 3rd QTR: Nets 85, Sixers 79
Kevin Durant (21 PTS, 11 REBS, 6 ASTS), Nic Claxton (15 PTS) & the Nets took their foots off the gas. They allowed the Sixers to explode for 31 PTS in the third and to make matters worse for them, Joel Embiid (28 PTS, 9 REBS) is in attack-mode. – 9:19 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Joel Embiid and Seth Curry: 18-of-28 from the floor
Everybody else: 9-of-36
And somehow, Sixers only trail 81-79 in the final minute of of the third. A big reason is free throws. Sixers are 17-of-20, Nets 9-of-10. Philly also has 10 points off 9 Brooklyn turnovers. – 9:18 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Kev making that angle look easy 😮 pic.twitter.com/iSoWxbLWdb9:12 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tyrese Maxey, limping and all, was 1 of the first off the bench to help Joel Embiid up off the floor there. Kid loves his teammates. #Sixers9:09 PM
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
KD on something else rn man. – 9:09 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Brooklyn is on course for another third quarter defensive collapse. They allowed 44 points in this period last game. With 4:12 left in the third tonight, the Nets have allowed 21 points. – 9:09 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kessler Edwards just made an incredible hustle play: he deflected a pass, beat his man to it, dove on the floor and saved the ball. If he can do all that AND hit open 3s. A strong campaign. – 9:07 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Embiid and Seth Curry are having excellent nights but when the ball ends up anywhere else the 76ers are in trouble. Tobias Harris and Danny Green a combined 4 for 20. – 9:07 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kessler Edwards diving for a loose ball and gets it. Nice hustle. – 9:07 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Tobias Harris is 3/15 from the field tonight. – 9:05 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton checks out right after Embiid shoots his free throw. Day’Ron Sharpe in for him. – 9:05 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid is up rather quickly after taking a hard fall from a hit by Nic Claxton. The Barclays Center crowd gave him a really nice ovation. #Sixers9:04 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Nic Claxton just landed hard on it appeared his shoulder trying to help on Embiid. Nets looked concerned but he’s up and staying in the game. – 9:04 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Nets center Nic Claxton just went down hard after trying to contest a Joel Embiid drive to the rim. Claxton stayed down on his back for a minute before getting up, but he’ll remain in the game. – 9:04 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nic Claxton just hit the ground hard after challenging Joel Embiid at the rim. He landed on his shoulder and took a moment but has gotten up and will stay in the game. – 9:04 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nic Claxton takes a hard fall. Steve Nash comes to check on him. He remains in the game. – 9:04 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
All smiles in Buzz City 😁 pic.twitter.com/QdVz6fL7vM9:03 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Just went and checked out the @SociosHoops suite, then came back to my seat, only to find the Nets’ 18-point lead now cut down to 8. Joel Embiid has 21 and Seth Curry has 17. Tough storm for Nets to weather. Sixers played below their means in the first half. – 9:02 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
76ers with a 15-5 start to the second half and have cut the Nets’ lead to 71-63. – 9:01 PM
Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Running everything through Embiid or Curry is good #analysis9:01 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid and Seth Curry are keeping the team in it a bit. Another triple for Curry and Philly is within 71-63 with 7:50 to go in the 3rd. #Sixers9:00 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
And now it’s a single-digit game, thanks to another 3 by Seth Curry. Timeout Brooklyn. – 9:00 PM
Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
get us going in the third, big fella. pic.twitter.com/c4xRCKtGf98:59 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sixers vs. #Nets first-half box pic.twitter.com/XyMFbVc9Z68:51 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
ooohhhh @David Duke Euro-steppin’ for two 👀 pic.twitter.com/uj27Vb2aHf8:46 PM

Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Coming up on [cable sports debate show], why the Sixers miss Ben Simmons more than the Nets miss both Kyrie AND James Harden!” – 8:43 PM
Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Joel Embiid: 14 points on 7 field-goal attempts and 4 assists.
Rest of Sixers: 34 points on 39 field-goal attempts and 5 assists
Three Nets rookies and Langston Galloway have totaled 20 first-half points off the bench. Sixers have 5 second-unit points. – 8:42 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Sixers trail COVID-stricken Brooklyn 66-48 at the half.
Can’t imagine there’s a tougher watch in the league than this team right now. – 8:40 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Halftime: Nets 66, Sixers 48. This is pretty simple: Philly is shooting 34 percent from the floor, including 5-of-18 on 3s. Brooklyn is shooting 54.3 percent from the floor and 7-of-11 on 3s. Embiid with 14-5-4. Durant with 15-9-5. – 8:39 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
HALF: Nets 66, Sixers 48
Kevin Durant (15 PTS, 9 REBS), Nic Claxton (11 PTS) & the Nets are outplaying Philly on the perimeter. Brooklyn is holding them to 28% accuracy from three while countering with 64% accuracy of their own. The Nets also making it hard on Joel Embiid. – 8:39 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Halftime: Nets blowing out the Sixers 66-48. Three players already in double-figures, led by Durant with 15 but another three could easily join in the second half. Sixers are on second half of back-to-back but have more bodies. The “bench” continues to step up. – 8:38 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
After Philly made a push to get back within 10 late in the first half, the Nets have gone on a 12-4 run to blow this game wide open again going into the break.
Nets 66, Sixers 48 at half. Brooklyn shot 54.3 percent; Philly shot 34 percent. – 8:38 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
76ers on a back-to-back and playing a bunch of kids who are getting their chance with all the vets out and running with it. Nets up 20 in the last minute of the half. – 8:36 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Welp, Philly got to within 10, and then the Nets go on an 8-0 run – 8:35 PM
Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Sixers had no fast-break points until that Seth Curry 3 to cut their deficit to 10.
Offense has looked slow and unimaginative, but they’ve still got time to avoid another loss to a badly shorthanded opponent. – 8:30 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Joel Embiid appears to be saying “fuck it, I’ll do it myself”. Philly might not have a choice in order to rally in this one #Sixers8:28 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Joel Embiid just took the ball the full length of the floor before rifling a pass to Seth Curry, whose corner 3 makes this a 54-44 game in the 2nd quarter. Sixers are on the 2nd game of a back-to-back but they’re not gonna lay down. Curry & Embiid each w/10 points. – 8:28 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Even after last night’s lackluster effort, I never thought the Sixers would trail a Nets squad with seven players in protocols by 19 points in the second quarter. – 8:25 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
If one thing’s for sure, Blake Griffin is going to be back in the rotation when the full roster is back the way he’s playing. – 8:23 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The 9-player Nets have extended their lead to 19 here at the 5:10 mark of the 2nd quarter. Sixers have more talent at their disposal by far. The Nets are out-working them. – 8:23 PM
Sean Highkin @highkin
Sixers down big to the Long Island Nets? – 8:23 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
The Nets, who have 9 available players, are winning these non-KD minutes here in the 2nd quarter. That’s embarrassing for the 76ers and hella impressive for Brooklyn’s reserves. – 8:17 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Langston Galloway on the board in his Nets debut with a 3-pointer early in the second quarter. – 8:15 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Langston Galloway scored his first points as a Net, taking a Claxton screen then hitting a contested pull-up 3. – 8:14 PM
Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
Eric Gordon and Derrick Rose squaring off in a battle of the high school class of 2007, possibly the best of all time that also included James Harden – 8:13 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Andre Drummond just trucked Nic Claxton then dunked on him. – 8:13 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Langston Galloway, whom the Nets signed yesterday with a hardship waiver as they try to manage their COVID outbreak, is making his debut here at the start of the second quarter. – 8:12 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Langston Galloway making his Nets debut. He played a year with DeAndre’ Bembry at St. Joe’s in Philly. – 8:12 PM
Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Blown away by how good Kevin Durant is. Sixers doubling to get the ball out of his hands and he makes the right play so easily every time.
Equally not blown away by Joel Embiid creating three 3s in the first two minutes and the Sixers not getting anything from that again. – 8:09 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
With all the absences theNets are dealing with, rookie Cam Thomas is getting a chance to play and score pic.twitter.com/4XnbZZMQ8F8:09 PM

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
first one down in BKN.
🪙@Cryptocom pic.twitter.com/hE2Qdk1xj38:08 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
EXTRA juice in that first quarter 🔋 pic.twitter.com/67KnF5HXUD8:08 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the first quarter: Nets all over the Sixers 39-25. Cam Thomas had a rough game Tuesday. He’s feeling it tonight. Hits a 3 before the buzzer. Durant with 10, Claxton nine and Thomas eight. – 8:07 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Nets 39, Sixers 25 at the end of the first. Philly is struggling on both ends of the floor, shooting 33.3 percent from the floor and allowing the Nets to shoot 65.2 percent including 5-of-7 from 3. Durant has 10-6-2, but Claxton has 9 on 4-of-4 FG and Cam Thomas 8. – 8:07 PM
Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Nets, with seven players in COVID-19 protocols, ring up 39 points on 65% shooting in the first quarter vs. 76ers and lead by 14. – 8:07 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Nets 39, Sixers 25 after 1 here in Brooklyn. Kevin Durant leads all scorers with 10 points, while the Nets are 15-for-23 overall and 5-for-7 from 3. Philly is shooting 8-for-24 from the field. – 8:07 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Cam Thomas knocks down a buzzer-beating 3 to give the Nets a 39-25 lead over the 76ers in Q1. Philly is on the 2nd game of a back-to-back, but the Nets are playing with 9 players. Three players who got minutes in Q1 were largely outside the rotation. (Duke, Edwards, Sharpe) – 8:07 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Ball movement for the Nets has been excellent. Cam Thomas drills a triple and the Nets take a 39-25 lead after 1 quarter. The defensive effort tonight has just not been there. #Sixers8:07 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
End of 1st QTR: Nets 39, Sixers 25
Kevin Durant (10 PTS, 6 REBS), Nic Claxton (9 PTS) & the Nets are having their way. Not only are they outscoring the Sixers 12-8 in the paint, but they’re finding quality looks offensively. As a result, they’re shooting it at 65% from the field. – 8:06 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Tonight’s game is an extension of last night so far for the Sixers. Brooklyn is shooting 62 percent from the field, and leads by 11 late in the first. – 8:04 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Kevin Durant is getting some MVP chants here from the Barclays Center crowd – 8:03 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
If Kessler Edwards can keep knocking down open 3s, there’s no reason why he won’t find himself in the rotation when everyone’s healthy. Nets need wing perimeter shooting and defense and Edwards, albeit a rookie, provides that off the bench. #Nets8:01 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kevin Durant out there with all four rookies again. Thomas just hit a 3. – 7:59 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Day’Ron Sharpe is getting his crack at defending Joel Embiid. Embiid backs him down and hits him with a shimmy but the turnaround fadeaway rims out. – 7:59 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists to start this one. He will be on triple double watch every game until the players in the health and safety protocols return. – 7:56 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Another easy bucket inside for the Nets and Doc Rivers calls for time. Philly trails it 25-17 to start this one. #Sixers7:56 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Every time KD hits the ground hard, my heart skips a beat. – 7:54 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets going small here midway through the first quarter,m subbing Cam Thomas in for Nic Claxton. Interesting move by Steve Nash, though not sure what other options he has given roster. – 7:53 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kevin Durant finds Nic Claxton for an alley-oop over Joel Embiid after the timeout. Claxton is up to 9 points and hasn’t missed a shot yet. He even hit a hook shot. I don’t recall seeing him make one of those before. – 7:52 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
out of the double, into the hoop pic.twitter.com/MsteRCaObw7:49 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets lead the Sixers 17-15 with 6:52 left in the first quarter. Nic Claxton with seven points on three shots. He’s looked good the last two games. Mills has two 3s. – 7:49 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Tyrese Maxey is on the Sixers’ bench tonight, but is clearly walking a bit gingerly while greeting teammates heading into that timeout. – 7:48 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Blake with the move 🔄
Clax with the finish 🔨 pic.twitter.com/zPqbWTjtva7:47 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
It’s pretty crazy when you think about it…
The NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers…is Steph Curry.
The NBA’s leader in 3-point percentage among active players…is Seth Curry.
Your move, Lopez twins. – 7:47 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Patty Mills entered this game shooting 44.7% from deep. I swear that number feels higher than it is. – 7:46 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Five of the Sixers’ first seven shots have been from beyond the arc, but Embiid gets Philly’s first points in the paint with that nifty Euro step to the bucket. – 7:45 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Joel Embiid has the quickest feet I’ve seen for someone his size. I don’t know how he finessed that euro-step around Blake Griffin. That’s a charge for a lot of guards attacking Blake. – 7:45 PM
Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
an inspirational first bucket.💫 pic.twitter.com/KOpAxrrmB07:44 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
3 assists for Joel Embiid all on triples. Seth Curry, Shake Milton, and Danny Green have a triple each. Good start on offense. #Sixers7:43 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Greetings from Barclays. Nets-Sixers tip shortly. BK beat Philly at their place in the second game of the season after a late rally. Nets up to nine guys with Langston Galloway rocking #9. Can Kevin Durant get any kind of break tonight? He’s playing a ton lately. Updates coming. – 7:24 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
🆚 Brooklyn // Philly
📺 @YESNetwork
🏀🔜 pic.twitter.com/Ptns915cpC7:21 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
“I don’t know that we can continue to lean on him the way we have. It doesn’t feel right.”
Kevin Durant ranks fourth in minutes per game, but with 7 players in the health and safety protocols, the Nets have little choice but to play him or punt games.
trib.al/GmOsKeu7:17 PM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: With more players in COVID-19 protocols across pro sports, #Sixers coach Doc Rivers and Tobias Harris wonder what’s going to happen next: https://t.co/dt2tuv7IVc pic.twitter.com/IHZpKuOBW57:15 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Tyrese Maxey is out with a left quad contusion – 7:09 PM
Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Tyrese Maxey has been downgraded to OUT with a left quad contusion. Shake Milton will start in his place. Also, Danny Green’s in the starting lineup over Thybulle tonight #Sixers7:07 PM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Tyrese Maxey is out with a left quad contusion. Shake Milton will start in his place. – 7:05 PM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Tyrese Maxey (quad contusion) is out tonight – 7:05 PM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
I pitched two relatively creative 3-team trade ideas for Ben Simmons to @DaveDuFourNBA on the podcast yesterday. One of them involves Damian Lillard IF Portland decides to move him. One of them involves Indiana and Charlotte:
Watch us debate them here: youtube.com/watch?v=PCgbs8…7:02 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Also, Danny Green will move back into the starting lineup tonight for Matisse Thybulle #Sixers7:01 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Patty Mills, David Duke Jr., Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Nic Claxton will start tonight for the Nets against the 76ers. – 7:01 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Per the Sixers, Tyrese Maxey will not play tonight with a left quad contusion. Additionally, Danny Green has moved back into the starting lineup with Milton, Curry, Harris and Embiid. – 7:01 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
No Tyrese Maxey tonight. #Sixers7:01 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tyrese Maxey is out tonight due to a left quad contusion
Shake Milton will start in his place #Sixers7:00 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Starters for the Nets against Philly: Mills, Duke Jr., Durant, Griffin and Claxton. – 7:00 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
The Nets’ Starters vs. the Sixers:
👷🏽‍♂Patty Mills
💥David Duke Jr.
🪣Kevin Durant
👷🏼‍♂Blake Griffin
📈Nic Claxton – 7:00 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Tyrese Maxey is out with a quad contusion tonight, per the Sixers. Shake Milton will start in his place. – 7:00 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Things To L👀k Out For In The Nets vs. Sixers Game:
▪Kevin Durant has averaged 39 PPG in his last 3 games.
▪Joel Embiid was held to 19 points on 6-of-15 shooting in the first meeting.
▪Day’Ron Sharpe holds the best defensive efficiency amongst Nets bigs at 100.5. – 6:59 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers gives an update on Georges Niang since he has entered the protocols #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2021/12/16/six… via @SixersWire #NBA6:53 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Tobias Harris’ numbers have been down since his return from COVID. He gives an update on how he’s feeling since returning from his time in the protocols. #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2021/12/16/six… via @SixersWire6:51 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
51 points
Triple-Double
____________ pic.twitter.com/f5jndCtRbu6:51 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
I teamed up with @TheSanjeshSingh over at @Erik Gundersen to discuss why the Lakers having interest in Ben Simmons doesn’t make much sense #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/lists/3-reason… via @SixersWire6:50 PM
Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
our Barista, @Zai_Joe1.🤌
📱@SociosHoops pic.twitter.com/gjJBEVoXNw6:48 PM

Charlotte Hornets PR @HornetsPR
OFFICIAL: @Charlotte Hornets have recalled LaMelo Ball & Ish Smith from the @GreensboroSwarm. They will rejoin the team in Portland on team’s six-game road trip. Tomorrow’s injury report is as follows:
12/17 at POR – INJURY UPDATE:
LaMelo Ball – Questionable (Return from H&S Protocols) – 6:31 PM
Gina Mizell @ginamizell
Doc Rivers on Georges Niang, who is in protocols: “He’s embarrassed by it. He’s mad. He doesn’t know how he got it. It’s amazing, the same thing you get from almost everyone who gets it, they’re frustrated because they’re trying to do the right stuff, and they get it…” – 6:29 PM
Philadelphia 76ers @sixers
New York state of mind.🗽
👟@Snipes_USA pic.twitter.com/mn53bep4hK6:22 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
A ton of NBA players have entered the league’s health-and-safety protocols including Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, LaMelo Ball, Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, De’Aaron Fox and Russell Westbrook.
Is it time for the NBA to pause the season? basketballnews.com/stories/its-ti…6:20 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Nets coach Steve Nash on Kevin Durant’s minutes, as he’s averaging more minutes per game than any season in eight years and the Nets are dealing with COVID-19: “It’s a really important topic. I don’t know we can continue to lean on him the way we have. It doesn’t feel right.” – 6:17 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Doc Rivers says the 76ers have had internal discussions about restricting their own actions to try to do what they can to slow the spread of COVID-19. Said the Sixers, like every other team, are just trying to navigate this situation. – 6:08 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“We know Jo is a perennial MVP candidate these days. He’s a matchup nightmare. He’s able to shoot from the perimeter but also he’s a great post player. They have shooters around him they have versatility they some continuity.”
#Nets Steve Nash discusses Joel Embiid, #Sixers6:08 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Doc Rivers says Georges Niang has been frustrated since he entered the protocols. He also was worried that he gave it to anybody else on the team. #Sixers6:06 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Nets coach Steve Nash says the guys in Covid Protocols — including James Harden — ‘can’t go into any facility n NY’ to work out but he hopes to ‘get them back to moving and getting themselves prepared to return to play.’ – 6:04 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
Steve Nash admits the Philadelphia 76ers are a difficult team to beat. – 6:00 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“They both have NBA physicality — They both have capabilities offensively.”
⁃Steve Nash on David Duke Jr. and Kessler Edwards. – 5:59 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“It’s not safe or sustainable to keep leaning on him like that.”
⁃Steve Nash on relying on Kevin Durant to win games. – 5:54 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Steve Nash calls it “a quick introduction” with Langston Galloway. Team isn’t shooting around due to COVID. – 5:54 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Steve Nash on whether Langston Galloway will play tonight: “We’ll see. It’s tricky. … We’re gonna meet right before the game and go over the game plan. … Let’s see if we get a chance to use him.” – 5:53 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“We’ll see if we get a chance to use him.”
⁃Steve Nash on playing Langston Galloway. – 5:53 PM
Ajayi Browne @ajayibrowne
“His level of play is insane — It’s an incredible start to the season.”
⁃Steve Nash on Kevin Durant. – 5:53 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Langston Galloway, the newest Net, is in the building. pic.twitter.com/1C3HO4n9jZ5:22 PM

Jusuf Nurkic @bosnianbeast27
Hello, it’s me 😀
Happy birthday 🎂 all the best bro 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/ZFPEHAjhEK4:46 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Doc Rivers talks about how COVID-19 cases are trending as Georges Niang becomes latest Sixers player to enter health and safety protocols inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-g… via @phillyinquirer #NBA4:39 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
For that December 21 #Nets game, the #TNT feed will be blacked out in the New York area, so @YESNetwork has exclusivity in our area. – 4:03 PM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
Updated #NBA column: With COVID numbers across pro sports spiking, Tobias Harris hoping so many #Sixers being vaccinated will prevent another outbreak among the team’s players: https://t.co/dt2tuv7IVc pic.twitter.com/94br0DEKlG4:00 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Dunc’d On Prime: Wednesday Gamer: LAL/DAL Crazy Ending; Cleveland is Rolling; MIA/PHI; MIN/DEN w/ @Danny Leroux
Listen by becoming a member and you’ll get our 5 subscription pods/week. Subscribe: https://t.co/XSgwN6kjka pic.twitter.com/awpISpE8UR4:00 PM

Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Matisse Thybulle has the ability to shut down Steph Curry one night, then Tyrese Maxey the next.
I wrote a bit about the impact his lack of shooting had in last night’s game, and the concerns for keeping him in the starting lineup: dailysix.com/matisse-thybul…3:58 PM
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
To commemorate the glorious event below, @Travonne and I will be watching Seth Curry’s Sixers take on the Nets tonight 7:30 ET in our very first watch-along on Playback. To watch the game with us, go to this link to get access: https://t.co/mYzh2vkpTg pic.twitter.com/Cz0EVnn7JZ3:46 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
There are many great defenders in the NBA, but there is no one like Matisse Thybulle. pic.twitter.com/rRtSieSvev3:41 PM
Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
👉 1st in the NBA in scoring
👉 1st in 20-point games
@Kevin Durant leads the charge in our weekly Stat Survey 📊 – 3:01 PM
Charlotte Hornets @hornets
GH2⃣0⃣ strikes again!
@Gordon Hayward recorded his second 40-point game with Charlotte and is just the seventh player in franchise history with multiple 40-point games.
#AllFly pic.twitter.com/uGTUhWAL8w2:44 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 1986, the @Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan scored 41 points in a 99-98 win over the Nets.
It was the first of 40 straight 25-point games for Jordan, tied for the fourth-longest such streak in NBA history. He is the only player to have two such streaks of 40+ games. pic.twitter.com/htAXsYX8u92:31 PM

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
The #Nets Tuesday Dec. 21 vs. the #Wizards will air at 7:30 p.m. on #TNT. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Stan Van Gundy (analyst) and Jared Greenberg (reporter) will be on the call for the game in Brooklyn. #NBA2:07 PM
Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: Wednesday Gamer: LAL/DAL Crazy Ending; Cleveland is Rolling; MIA/PHI; MIN/DEN w/ @Nate Duncan
Subscribe to Total Access for ad-free episodes of Dunc’d On, and much more: https://t.co/n4QLDCqWYd pic.twitter.com/1PADSYCQwz2:00 PM

Brooklyn Nets @BrooklynNets
Attitude.
Spirit.
Mentality.
🧃 JUICE 🧃
An all new episode of The Bridge coming soon… pic.twitter.com/ICakcsLGra1:45 PM

Noah Levick @NoahLevick
Furkan Korkmaz (non-COVID illness) and Georges Niang (health and safety protocols) remain out for Sixers-Nets tonight.
Brooklyn’s down nine players at the moment, including seven in protocols. – 1:36 PM
Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
Furkan Korkmaz and Georges Niang remain out for tonight’s game vs. #Nets. Joel Embiid and Seth Curry are NOT on the injury report #Sixers1:33 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Langston Galloway signs 10-day deal with Nets sportando.basketball/en/langston-ga…1:30 PM





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