Andrea Bargnani, Shane Larkin bail Nets out against bottom-feeding 76ers

NEW YORK -- It has been the same story with most of these Brooklyn Nets' home wins lately: The Nets struggle a lot, mostly infuriating their beleaguered fan base in the process, but end up doing just enough to get by.

On Thursday night, the Nets trailed the 1-21 Philadelphia 76ers by four points heading into the fourth quarter.

Brook Lopez (7 points, 7 rebounds, 5 turnovers in 19 minutes) was in foul trouble all nightlong.

And aside from Thaddeus Young (18 points, 11 rebounds), the starters didn’t contribute too much.

But Phil Jackson castoffs Andrea "Big Tease" Bargnani and Shane "Tiny Hands" Larkin, who will make less than $2.9 million combined in 2015-16, elevated their games down the stretch, allowing the Nets to avoid potential embarrassment at the hands of the NBA’s worst team.

The ex-Knicks duo combined for 21 points in the final period and the Nets beat the Sixers 100-91 in an ugly affair in front of 13,266 at Barclays Center to improve to 6-4 at home and 7-15 overall.

Bargnani, who had missed the previous four games due to hamstring tightness, had 13 of his 23 points in the fourth, while Larkin, who has been feisty and aggressive all season, added eight of his 14 in the final stanza.

“I was just being aggressive,” said Bargnani, who didn’t have the same impact on defense. On the season, Bargnani has recorded three assists and taken 120 shots. “I was just playing off the pick-and-pop, and I got some great passes so I was open for the shots."

The Sixers went 4-for-31 from 3-point range, missing their first 15 attempts from downtown. But the Nets managed to turn the ball over 19 times, enabling Philly to turn a 16-point deficit into a six-point lead in the second half. Rookie Jahlil Okafor had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way.

The game was tied before Bargnani and Larkin converted back-to-back 3-point plays to give the Nets an 84-78 advantage with nine minutes, six seconds left in the fourth.

Lopez, meanwhile, picked up his fifth foul with 5:25 remaining and sat the rest of the game.

“I guess the crew tonight saw some things, I don’t know,” Lopez said. “The group that was in there was clicking and doing well, so I don’t know. I was staying ready, but our group was doing well.”

Larkin, who has scored in double figures eight times this season, spread the credit for his production around.

“My coaches and teammates have been instilling a lot of confidence in me -- telling me to take the shots, make the plays for us, whatever it is, just putting me in a situation to be successful -- and I couldn’t be happier for everybody in here to believe in me the way they do,” Larkin said. “And I want to go out there and continue to do well so everyone keeps believing in me.”

Both Larkin and Bargnani hurt their wrists during the game but said they were fine once it was over.