Iguodala scores 16 to lift 76ers over Nets 97-94Nov 7, 2009 - 4:02 AM PHILADELPHIA(AP) -- Andre Iguodala and the Philadelphia 76ers did just enough to win.
With the Sixers still stinging from a 31-point loss three nights earlier, that was just fine by them.
Iguodala scored 16 points, including a late 3-pointer to give Philadelphia the lead, and knocked the ball away from Terrence Williams' hands before the Nets could attempt a tying shot to give the 76ers a 97-94 win over New Jersey on Friday night.
"I wish we could have played better," Iguodala said. "We'll still take the win. It counts."
Lou Williams scored 18 points and Jason Kapono had 14 for Philadelphia, which rebounded from a 31-point loss to Boston three days earlier.
Brook Lopez led the Nets with 22 points and 11 rebounds while Trenton Hassell had 17 points and 12 rebounds. New Jersey fell to 0-6, the worst start in franchise history.
The Nets were without six players due to injury and had only a four-man bench.
"You go with what you got," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "It's not a sympathy league."
After Lopez tied the game at 92 with a pair of free throws, Iguodala made a 3-pointer to put the 76ers up with 2:03 left.
New Jersey lost guard Courtney Lee early in the third quarter with an apparent leg injury. The Nets were already missing guards Keyon Dooling (hip surgery), Chris Douglas-Roberts (flu), and Devin Harris (strained right groin); as well as forwards Tony Battie (right knee), Yi Jianlian (sprained right knee) and Jarvis Hayes (strained left hamstring).
New Jersey built a 73-65 lead with 1:51 left in the third quarter and carried it into the fourth quarter.
Williams's short jumper made it 87-81 with 7:54 remaining, but the Sixers came back with an 11-3 run to take a 92-90 lead with 2:54 left.
Lopez then hit a pair of free throws to tie the game before Iguodala's 3 and the 76ers struggled briefly from the line to close out the Nets.
Rafer Alston made it 95-94 on a driving layup with 50.3 seconds left and Thaddeus Young made one of two free throws for Philadelphia with 21.8 seconds left.
Eduardo Najera missed a seven-foot bank shot in traffic and Iguodala hauled in the rebound for the Sixers. After being fouled, he also made one of two, but kept the Nets from attempting to tie the game when he knocked the ball from Williams' hand.
"They were desperate," 76ers coach Eddie Jordan said. "When you play a desperate team that's very well-coached, it's going to be a battle. We found a way to win."
NOTES: Sixers coach Eddie Jordan was an assistant under Nets coach Lawrence Frank when they reached the NBA Finals in 2002 and 03. ... In 1996-97, the Nets began 0-5 and won a game before finishing 26-56. ... Hassell hadn't scored in eight minutes all season before his double-double against the Sixers. ... The game had 22 lead changes and 17 ties. ... Marreese Speights added 10 points for the Sixers.
FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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NEW JERSEY 20 27 26 21 94
PHILADELPHIA 18 32 18 29 97 FINAL
HIGH SCORERS: NJN - BROOK LOPEZ 22, TRENTON HASSELL 17,
RAFER ALSTON 14
PHI - LOUIS WILLIAMS 18, ANDRE IGUODALA 16,
JASON KAPONO 14
Nov 6 9:32 PM
END 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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NEW JERSEY 20 27 26 73
PHILADELPHIA 18 32 21 71 END 3RD QTR
HIGH SCORERS AFTER 3RD QUARTER
NJN - BROOK LOPEZ 16, TRENTON HASSELL 15,
RAFER ALSTON 10
PHI - LOUIS WILLIAMS 17, ANDRE IGUODALA 10,
JASON SMITH 9
Nov 6 8:49 PM
NEW JERSEY 47
PHILADELPHIA 50 HALFTIME
Nov 6 8:08 PM
END 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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NEW JERSEY 20 20
PHILADELPHIA 18 18 END 1ST QTR
HIGH SCORERS AFTER 1ST QUARTER
NJN - TRENTON HASSELL 6, THREE PLAYERS WITH 4
PHI - ELTON BRAND 8, ANDRE IGUODALA 8, LOUIS
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