Down by as many as 18 points, Philly forces overtime but loses 108-105
Two out of the three times the Sixers have played the Nets in pre-season games in Atlantic City, the games have gone to overtime. Last night at Boardwalk Hall, Doug Collins’ team spent most of the game trying to come from behind and fell short in overtime, 108-105.
While local Sixers fan could only see the Sixers’ new star player, center Andrew Bynum, sitting on the bench in street clothes, the Brooklyn Nets in their first pre-season game did have their superstar player on the floor, Deron Williams (14 points), one of the premier point guards in the league. When he was in the game, the Sixers wouldn’t seem to stop him from either penetrating or finding space on the perimeter. The Nets also have a healthy Brook Lopez (19 points) in the middle for Williams to kick out to, as well as another all-star, shooting guard Joe Johnston (13 points) and forward Gerald Wallace (18 points).
That foursome was too much for the Bynum-less Sixers. However, in another more pleasant storyline, the Sixers energized the large crowd at Boardwalk Hall with its speed team. Former Villanova guard Maalik Wayns, joined forces with the Sixers 2012 version of “Mr. Instant Offense," Nick Young, to mount a furious comeback down 15 points in the fourth quarter which forced overtime, tied at 95.
Young scored 15 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a game high 21. Wayns had 18 points and rookie Arnett Moultrie was also a key rebounder playing late game minutes. However, the rally fell short when Young missed his last two three point attempts, including the final shot of the game that rimmed out as the buzzer sounded.
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