NEWARK, N.J. - While the Philadelphia 76ers still have a lot of learn about finishing games, Doug Collins can take a little solace in one aspect.
The 76ers are finally winning them after opening the season 3-13.
Spencer Hawes scored a season-high 18 points, and the 76ers snapped an eight-game road losing streak with an 82-77 victory over the slumping New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night.
“We still make too many mistakes at the end of the game,” Collins said after the 76ers won for the sixth time in eight games. “We can’t do that, but we got away with it tonight.”
The 76ers nearly squandered an 11-point lead with less than five minutes to play. A 13-5 Nets run got them within 78-75 with 36 seconds to play, but Philadelphia managed to hang on after Andre Iguodala hit two free throws with 15 seconds remaining.
Elton Brand added 15 as the 76ers won for only the second time in 12 road games and ended their longest losing streak away from home since 2006.
Hawes, a former Washington Huskies star, and Jrue Holiday came up big in the final quarter for the 76ers.
The Nets twice cut the lead to three points, but Hawes put in a rebound and Holiday hit a high-arcing 3-pointer to push the lead to 68-60.
After a basket by Harris, Holiday hit two free throws and Iguodala hit a free throw and a reverse dunk to push the lead to 73-62.
New Jersey responded with a 13-5 spurt to get close.
A Net no more: The Houston Rockets will acquire swingman Terrence Williams from New Jersey in a three-team trade that gives the Nets two more first-round draft picks for potential use in a Carmelo Anthony deal, a person with knowledge of the trade said Tuesday. The Nets would receive the Rockets’ first-round draft pick in 2012, the Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round pick in 2011 and current Lakers shooting guard Sasha Vujacic. The person was granted anonymity because no formal announcement had been made about the trade, which can’t be completed until today. The Lakers get veteran Joe Smith in the trade. Williams posted a farewell message on his Twitter page: “it’s been real I love y’all an thanks, to HOUSTON what uppppp. “go Rockets” lol.”
Bulls wilting Rose: One day after Derrick Rose went down in a heap at the United Center, the Chicago Bulls got some relatively good news. Rose was listed as day-to-day by the team after he suffered multiple injuries in a win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. He has a sprained right wrist, a bruised right elbow and a sore right hip but will travel with the team to Toronto for today’s game against the Raptors.
From sick bay: Washington Wizards forward Yi Jianlian sprained his right knee in the first quarter and did not return Tuesday night against the Lakers. The Wizards were already without point guard point guard John Wall (right knee tendinitis) and forward Andray Blatche (sore left knee). Denver point guard Chauncey Billups is day-to-day after aggravating his partially torn ligament in his right (shooting) wrist. He was evaluated by a team doctor and a hand specialist Tuesday.