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Nets beat 76ers 116-108 to snap 4-game skid

NEW YORK (AP) Feeling good after his best performance since knee surgery, D'Angelo Russell was just happy his struggling team won.

Especially because of what it meant to Jahlil Okafor.

Russell scored 22 points, Okafor capped the decisive spurt of the game with a basket against his former team, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-108 on Wednesday night to snap a four-game skid.

''You get traded you want to put up numbers and get the win at the end of the day,'' Russell said, ''and we got that win for him.''

Spencer Dinwiddie scored 27 points, while rookie center Jarrett Allen, making his first start at home, had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, who took charge of a close game with an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter.

Dinwiddie had six points during the surge, which started with a 3-pointer by Nik Stauskas and ended on a bucket by Okafor in the first meeting since the 76ers sent both of them to Brooklyn in December.

''If I were to say that that win didn't feel great, I would be lying,'' Okafor said. ''So it felt awesome to be able to pull it out, and for me and Nik to be able to go out there and help win was great.''

Joel Embiid had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the 76ers, who dropped their third straight and fell back to .500 at 24-24. Ben Simmons scored 24 points and J.J. Redick added 20 in his return from a seven-game absence with a leg injury.

''That's a .500 team. That's what a team like that does. You go up and down, up and down, up and down,'' coach Brett Brown said. ''This team can beat anybody and it can lose to anybody. That's part of the wild ride we're on with a bunch of 20-year-olds figuring stuff up.''

Simmons was 9 of 10 for 18 points in his first 14 minutes but the Sixers couldn't build much of a lead in part because of Russell, who recently returned from a two-month absence and felt good enough to play on both nights of a back-to-back. He hadn't scored 20 since mid-November, before the surgery.

''They got some talent over there and for us to get any win in this league is definitely a start, so hopefully we can capitalize on it and keep building,'' Russell said.

Neither team led by double digits through three quarters and the 76ers were ahead 92-91 in the opening minute of the fourth before Stauskas made a 3-pointer. Dinwiddie followed with three free throws and another 3, and Okafor scored inside to cap the run and make it 102-92 with 7:09 to play.

''We forgot how to play defense,'' Embiid said.

Embiid tried to bring the Sixers back, bulling his way for consecutive baskets that cut it to 111-107. But soon after he fouled Allen and DeMarre Carroll, who made all four free throws to keep Brooklyn safely ahead.

TIP-INS

76ers: Brown said he expects No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz, who appeared in just four games before a right shoulder injury, to play again this season. Brown just can't predict when. ''It's just an answer that I can't give anybody, we can't give anybody, nor can he,'' Brown said. ''I mean at the end of the day it's going to be when he feels good about himself and feels good about his shoulder, and that's almost the bottom line. We'll help him, but really he's got to feel comfortable that he can go be himself and none of us should begrudge him for that.''

Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson said the Nets hope reserve guard Caris LeVert (left groin) could return Friday, but starting forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (right groin) will be out a couple more games.

NUMBERS GAME

Brown said the only reason Okafor wasn't playing in Philadelphia was because of the big men ahead of him in a crowded frontcourt the last couple of seasons.

''What everybody should really hear is, he's just so young. He was drafted third for a reason,'' Brown said. ''He's a hell of a player and for us in the time and the moment that we're in and with Joel, etc., the court time just wasn't available.''

SUPPORT FOR SAM

Atkinson on former 76ers executive Sam Hinkie, whose strategy of building through the draft was heavily debated.

''I think of Sam Hinkie, there should be a management award for him, or a management study on what he did,'' Atkinson said. ''We can argue you like it, you don't like it, but I was around him. I really like him as a person and I just think he did a phenomenal job and thinking long term like that, to have that vision that most of us don't have, let's be honest, I don't think he gets enough credit.''

UP NEXT

76ers: Host the Miami Heat on Friday.

Nets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.

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Key Players
J. Embiid
21 C
D. Russell
1 PG
24.6 Min. Per Game 24.6
16.6 Pts. Per Game 16.6
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
3.8 Reb. Per Game 3.8
49.0 Field Goal % 44.1
49.0 Three Point % 43.4
79.2 Free Throw % 69.9
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:01
  Offensive rebound by Jarrett Allen 0:21
  Spencer Dinwiddie missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:26
+ 1 Spencer Dinwiddie made 1st of 2 free throws 0:26
  Personal foul on Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot 0:26
  Team rebound 0:39
  Joel Embiid missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:41
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:44
+ 1 DeMarre Carroll made 1st of 2 free throws 0:44
  Shooting foul on Joel Embiid 0:44
  Defensive rebound by Spencer Dinwiddie 0:54
Team Stats
Points 108 116
Field Goals 36-76 (47.4%) 39-77 (50.6%)
3-Pointers 7-18 (38.9%) 13-32 (40.6%)
Free Throws 29-34 (85.3%) 25-28 (89.3%)
Total Rebounds 42 44
Offensive 6 9
Defensive 27 30
Team 9 5
Assists 17 19
Steals 7 3
Blocks 5 9
Turnovers 8 11
Fouls 21 26
Technicals 0 0
29 PTS, 14 REB, 2 AST
27 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo 76ers 24-24 34312320108
home team logo Nets 19-33 30342725116
Team Stats
away team logo 76ers 24-24 113.8 PPG 47.4 RPG 26.3 APG
home team logo Nets 19-33 109.9 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.8 APG
Key Players
J. Embiid C 27.0 PPG 13.6 RPG 3.6 APG 47.1 FG%
S. Dinwiddie PG 17.2 PPG 2.5 RPG 5.0 APG 47.7 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Embiid C 29 PTS 14 REB 2 AST
S. Dinwiddie PG 27 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
47.4 FG% 50.6
38.9 3PT FG% 40.6
85.3 FT% 89.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 35 29 14 2 0 1 3 4 8/19 1/5 12/14 1 13 45 +9
B. Simmons 37 24 2 7 1 0 1 1 11/16 0/0 2/2 1 1 40 +2
J. Redick 26 20 2 0 1 0 0 1 4/10 3/4 9/10 0 2 23 +10
D. Saric 33 12 6 4 3 0 1 1 3/12 2/4 4/4 2 4 28 +3
R. Covington 31 6 1 1 1 1 0 2 2/3 1/1 1/2 0 1 11 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Embiid 35 29 14 2 0 1 3 4 8/19 1/5 12/14 1 13 45 +9
B. Simmons 37 24 2 7 1 0 1 1 11/16 0/0 2/2 1 1 40 +2
J. Redick 26 20 2 0 1 0 0 1 4/10 3/4 9/10 0 2 23 +10
D. Saric 33 12 6 4 3 0 1 1 3/12 2/4 4/4 2 4 28 +3
R. Covington 31 6 1 1 1 1 0 2 2/3 1/1 1/2 0 1 11 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Johnson 11 7 1 0 0 2 1 3 3/4 0/0 1/2 0 1 9 -16
T. Booker 14 6 5 1 0 0 1 2 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 4 12 -10
J. Anderson 17 2 2 1 1 1 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 1 8 -2
T. McConnell 20 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 3 -17
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 0 0 -9
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Holmes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 108 33 17 7 5 8 21 36/76 7/18 29/34 6 27 179 -40
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Dinwiddie 33 27 2 4 0 0 3 2 6/13 2/4 13/15 0 2 34 +2
J. Allen 26 16 12 3 0 2 4 3 5/6 0/0 6/6 5 7 32 -2
D. Carroll 35 15 0 5 0 1 1 3 5/8 3/3 2/2 0 0 25 -6
A. Crabbe 29 14 5 0 0 1 0 4 6/13 2/8 0/0 0 5 20 -6
Q. Acy 28 6 3 0 2 2 0 2 2/6 2/5 0/0 0 3 13 -7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Dinwiddie 33 27 2 4 0 0 3 2 6/13 2/4 13/15 0 2 34 +2
J. Allen 26 16 12 3 0 2 4 3 5/6 0/0 6/6 5 7 32 -2
D. Carroll 35 15 0 5 0 1 1 3 5/8 3/3 2/2 0 0 25 -6
A. Crabbe 29 14 5 0 0 1 0 4 6/13 2/8 0/0 0 5 20 -6
Q. Acy 28 6 3 0 2 2 0 2 2/6 2/5 0/0 0 3 13 -7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Russell 16 22 5 3 1 1 1 1 8/15 2/5 4/5 1 4 34 +7
J. Okafor 14 8 3 0 0 1 1 4 4/5 0/0 0/0 2 1 11 +10
T. Zeller 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 1/2 1/1 0/0 0 1 4 +1
N. Stauskas 18 3 4 3 0 0 1 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 4 12 +15
J. Harris 18 2 4 1 0 1 0 3 1/5 0/2 0/0 1 3 9 +17
J. Webb 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0 0 +9
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Doyle - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. LeVert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hollis-Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 116 39 19 3 9 11 26 39/77 13/32 25/28 9 30 194 +40