Both teams hope to reverse those trends for at least one night when the Nets look to avoid a fifth straight road loss and hand the 76ers a fourth consecutive defeat overall Saturday.
Brook Lopez scored a season-high 32 points and the New Jersey Nets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 107-101 overtime victory over the slumping Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
Deron Williams scored 23 points and dished out eight assists, Paul Millsap had 19 points, 15 rebounds and four assists and the Utah Jazz beat the New Jersey Nets 98-88 on Wednesday night.
Devin Harris scored a season-high 31 and the New Jersey Nets snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-87.
Dwyane Wade had 29 points and 10 rebounds, LeBron James scored 14 of his 23 points in the third quarter – seven in the last 32 seconds after getting flagrantly fouled by Williams – and the Heat rolled past New Jersey 101-89 on Saturday night for their second easy win over the Nets in a week.
This certainly wasn’t the same old New Jersey Nets. New owner, new coach, new building, new roster and something totally different, a win to kick off the season.
After struggling through seasons they would probably prefer to forget, the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets are realistic about their chances in a competitive Eastern Conference.