The Philadelphia 76ers ended the five-day work week against the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 20, after starting it against the Nets on Dec. 16. That game was historically awful for the Sixers, as they gave up 130 points and 21 three-pointers for the second straight contest, while letting Joe Johnson sink a record-tying eight threes in the third quarter. The rematch wasn't much better for the Sixers defense, yet the offense made up for it this time -- especially Evan Turner in the final second of overtime.
Philadelphia's 121-120 overtime win literally came down to the last second, as Turner lifted up a shot that bounced off the rim and sank down at the buzzer. It capped off a 29-point performance for Turner and gave the Sixers their first win in eight games, although it nearly turned out differently.
The Nets hit 15 three-pointers at the Sixers' expense instead of 21, with Paul Pierce hitting the last one to give Brooklyn the lead with 15 seconds left. Pierce helped make up for Johnson missing the game due to personal reasons, while Kevin Garnett also sat as well.
In contrast, the Sixers welcomed a star back in Michael Carter-Williams, as the rookie returned with 15 points and 10 assists. However, Turner was Philadelphia's major star on this night, although he was helped by Thaddeus Young's 25 points and Tony Wroten's 19 off the bench.
The Sixers needed every one of those points thanks to their weak defense, especially beyond the arc. Mirza Teletovic hit six three-pointers alone, while three Brooklyn starters had over 20 points. Still, the Nets remain a team that is 9-17 after being picked to blow through the Atlantic Division -- and is only 1 1/2 games ahead of a Sixers team expected to tank.
Philadelphia is starting to tank in full now, especially in its last several games. As such, wins aren't exactly productive right now, although it couldn't help but let Brooklyn hand one over. After being run down by the Nets to start the week, this thrilling finish was a much better way to end it for the Sixers, in spite of the victory.