PHILADELPHIA -- The team with the NBA’s highest payroll did end up beating the team with the league’s lowest payroll -- barely.
The Brooklyn Nets played extremely poorly in the final three quarters Wednesday night, but managed to come away with a 99-91 victory over the winless Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo, dropping Philadelphia to 0-15. The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets started the 2009-10 an NBA-worst 0-18.
The Nets are 6-8. They have yet to beat anyone with a .500 or better record this season (0-6), and Wednesday they struggled against a team that is essentially trying to lose.
The Nets led by as many as 20 and had to gut this one out at the end. They were trailing in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Garnett delivered a huge jumper with 32.8 seconds left to give Brooklyn a 93-89 lead. On this night, against this opponent, it was enough.
Player of the game: Alan Anderson had 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to help bail out the Nets.
Stat of the game: The Nets had 24 turnovers.
Play of this game: K.J. McDaniels had a one-handed dunk in the second quarter. It was good.
Laugh of the game: D-Will’s errant pass to his coach, Lionel Hollins.
That heckler life: Kevin Garnett was shooting free throws. Someone in the stands yelled, “You’re garbage. ... Paul Pierce left you.”
Up next: The Nets practice Friday and Saturday before taking on the Chicago Bulls Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center.