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76ers top Nets 106-97 to end 5-game losing streak

Monday - 3/11/2013, 11:20pm  ET

Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez, left, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer Hawes defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Damien Wilkins saw Brook Lopez spin into the paint and try another fadeaway jumper. Wilkins blocked the shot -- more of a volleyball spike -- and one-hopped the ball out of bounds.

With a rare feel-good play energizing the Philadelphia 76ers, Wilkins muttered some trash talk.

"I didn't tell him nothing. I didn't want to fire him up," Wilkins said, smiling. "I said it under my breath."

For one of the few times in the last two months, the Sixers were the fired-up team.

Spencer Hawes had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 15 points and 11 assists and Philadelphia beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-97 on Monday night.

Hawes set a season high for points and also had seven assists while helping the Sixers snap a five-game losing streak. Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 10 rebounds in coach Doug Collins' 100th victory with the team.

Evan Turner also scored 16 points and Dorell Wright had 10.

Deron Williams had 27 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who had won three in a row. Williams also passed 10,000 points for his career.

"It's just another number," he said of his milestone. "I'm more worried about the loss than the record or anything like that."

Philadelphia grabbed control in the second quarter and never trailed in the second half. It was a needed win for the Sixers, who had high expectations before center Andrew Bynum was lost indefinitely with knee injuries.

With the Sixers up big, Williams tried to rally the Nets on his own, and for a while it worked. He converted a three-point play and then sank two more from the free-throw line to get Brooklyn within eight in the fourth.

But Williams also threw the ball away on a baseline drive, and later missed an open look with the Nets down eight. The Nets missed seven of their next eight shots until Joe Johnson hit a 3 with 1:25 left to make it 101-95.

This time, the Sixers held on for just their second win in the last 14 games

"That's been our deal all year, we get going but lose our focus when we let them back in it," Hawes said. "We were able to sustain and that was the best 48-minute game we played in a while."

Philadelphia is hoping to make the most of some time at home following a winless three-game road trip. The Sixers have dropped 13 in a row on the road since beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 1 and are 6-23 overall.

The Sixers continue their four-game homestand on Wednesday night against the streaking Miami Heat. After games against Indiana and Portland, they play 12 of their final 16 games on the road. That could be a stretch that not only keeps the Sixers in the draft lottery, but has them in the mix for a top-10 pick.

The Nets entered only 2
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