EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Andre Iguodala scored 14 points, including seven in a key portion of the third quarter, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to an 83-79 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday night.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for Philadelphia, while the lowly Nets (4-42) kept pace with the 1972-73 Sixers for the worst record in NBA history.
The Nets held the lead for the first half, then squandered the game with a poor third period, as the Sixers outscored New Jersey 23-12 to take a 69-60 lead into the final stanza. The Nets shot just 6 of 20 (30 percent) in the quarter.
Iguodala's 3-pointer with 6:10 left in the third gave the Sixers a 61-56 cushion. The Nets got within 76-74 with 2:36 remaining, but Iguodala nailed a clutch jumper with 1:28 remaining. Allen Iverson, who had 11 points, made two free throws with 33 seconds to play.
The Nets had a chance to tie with 8 seconds left, but Jarvis Hayes' 3-point attempt fell short.
The Sixers had five players in double figures, with Samuel Dalembert adding 12 points and 11 rebounds, Lou Williams scoring 11 points and Elton Brand 10.
Hayes came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points for the Nets. Brook Lopez also had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Yi Jianlian had 15 points and 11 boards.
The Nets controlled the early action, leading 25-22 after the first period and increasing the lead to 34-24 after a 9-2 run to start the second.
The Sixers got back into the game in the final stages of the first half and Rodney Carney ended the half with a long 3-pointer with 2 seconds left, cutting the Nets' lead to 48-46 at intermission.
Philadelphia took over the game in the third period, when the Nets also committed five turnovers. The Sixers took the lead for good on a jumper by Lou Williams to go ahead 58-56, followed by a 3-pointer from Iguodala, pushing the advantage to 61-56.
NOTES: Nets point guard Devin Harris missed his third straight game due to a sore right wrist. He said that he might try to play Tuesday night when the Nets face Detroit at home, but he would definitely be back in action by the time the team started a road trip on Wednesday. "We'll wait and see how he feels," Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe said before the game. "If Devin feels he can play unrestricted, then we'll let him play. But we need him to play the way he can play. We can't have him playing with limitations." ... The Sixers are now 3-0 against the Nets this season, with all three wins within a five-point margin.