Spencer Hawes steps up, 76ers beat NetsPosted by Inside Hoops
Center Spencer Hawes came off the bench for the first time and a scored a season-high 19 points to lead the slumping Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak and was only the fifth in 15 games for Philadelphia (30-27), giving it a half-game lead over the Knicks (29-27) for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee (28-29) is 1 1/2 games behind the Knicks.
The loss eliminated the Nets (21-38) from playoff contention for the fifth straight season.
Philadelphia got a big game from its bench, with Lou Williams adding 20 points and Thaddeus Young 19.
Kris Humphries had 20 points and 10 rebounds for New Jersey. Deron Williams added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists on a night that he was hounded by Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala.
The Nets were without forward Gerald Wallace, who strained his left hamstring, in the win over Cleveland on Sunday night.
– Reported by Tom Canavan of the Associated Press