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Nets aim to bounce back versus 76ers

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Brooklyn Nets have dropped three in a row and will try to get back into the win column when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Brooklyn dropped two at home to the Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder, then fell in a hard-fought battle on the road to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

The Nets fell 97-96 to the league's best team and despite their struggles recently, Brooklyn is still 10-4 in 2014.

Paul Pierce had a pair of 3-point looks that could've tied the game against Indiana, but neither fell. The Nets did force 24 Pacers turnovers, which was a season-high for Indiana.

"We gave ourselves a great opportunity to win on the road against the top team in the East," Nets head coach Jason Kidd said. "That's what you ask from your guys. The guys fought and we played a lot better."

Shaun Livingston set a season high with 24 points in a losing effort. Kevin Garnett registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Joe Johnson, Pierce and Deron Williams scored in double figures.

The Nets play four of their next five at The Barclays Center.

Philly is sputtering a bit, losing two straight and five of six.

After a 26-point home loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday in which head coach Brett Brown described it as the "worst loss of the season," the Sixers had no answers for the Detroit Pistons on Saturday.

Andre Drummond led four Pistons with 20 or more as Detroit cruised to a 113-96 home victory.

"It's definitely tough when you're losing basketball games," said forward Thaddeus Young. "But we can't let that deter what we're trying to do or get off of the path we're trying to take."

Tony Wroten started for rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who was a late scratch with a sore right shoulder, and led the Sixers with 18 points in the setback. Evan Turner and Elliot Williams had 15 points each, and Young went for 14 points with five steals.

The Sixers play their next two at home, then hit the road for a western trip before the All-Star break.

Each team has won a home game this season against the other, although Brooklyn is 6-4 in its last 10 overall. Philly has dropped three straight as the visitor in this series.

02/03 11:07:55 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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