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Johnson scores 22 points, Nets beat 76ers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Nets coach Avery Johnson used the previous three
days to give his team some rest after Brooklyn dropped nine of
its last ten games.

The Nets got in some practice time and Johnson's staff looked
over recent game film, adding some new plays to an offense that
has struggled this season.

It paid off Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Joe Johnson scored 22 points, including 10 in the third quarter,
Gerald Wallace had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists and
the Nets held on to beat the 76ers 95-92.

Avery Johnson came away pleased with the performance after the
Nets had coughed up leads in the second half during their recent
stretch of loses.

"Very satisfied because you know that's been our Achilles heel,"
the coach said. "We still had some minor issues in there. For
the most part we took care of the ball. We were so organized
whenever there was a breakdown."

The Sixers rallied from eight points down in the final 40.5
seconds left, but Brooklyn didn't fold.

"We definitely needed it. We just needed to get back in the
winning track, especially in our building. It was good for us
tonight," said Deron Williams, who added 16 points to help the
Nets end a six-game losing streak at home against Philadelphia.

"We put in a couple of new sets which were old sets that we ran
the last couple of years, that we hadn't put in this year. It
was a little more continuity. We just went over it and kind of
worked on it and it was good for us tonight. We got some good
looks out of it. We got to the back side of plays and got some
open shots."

Jrue Holiday led Philadelphia with 21 points, nine assists and
six rebounds, Thadeus Young added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and
Evan Turner had 15 points and seven rebounds. The 76ers, opening
an eight-game trip, have dropped six of their last seven games.

"We got off to a good start, up 12-4. Brooklyn hit us with a
20-5 run which knocked us back and also Joe Johnson's close to
the third quarter. I just spoke to our guys about finishing
quarters and who is the most dangerous man on the floor," Sixers
coach Doug Collins said.

"Those are mistakes you can't make when you're on the road. As
long as I'm the coach, our guys are going to fight back. If they
don't then they'd have to get another coach."

The game seemed out of reach for the Sixers when Williams made a
layup with 40.5 seconds left to make it 91-83.

But Holiday drew a foul on Williams and hit one of two free
throws to make it 91-84. Holiday then fouled Williams, but he
missed both free throws and Holiday answered with a 3-pointer
with 19.1 seconds left to cut it to 91-87.

After Turner's foul sent Joe Johnson to the line, the Nets guard
hit the first free throw but missed the second, leaving Brooklyn
ahead 92-87. Dorell Wright then made a 3-pointer with 9.6
seconds left to cut it to 92-90.

Williams was fouled again by Holiday and hit two free throws
before Turner answered with a layup to make it 94-92. Joe
Johnson finished the scoring with a free throw.

"I thought we played today with a lot more intensity. I thought
we had a lot more fun. We talked about it in practice the other
day, had a great practice and it came over to the game," Joe
Johnson said.

Philadelphia jumped out to a 12-4 lead before Avery Johnson
called a 20-second timeout with 5:50 left in the first quarter.
Brooklyn responded with an 18-0 run, turning an eight-point
deficit into a 10-point lead the Nets wouldn't relinquish.

"They made shots and got going, so that was pretty much it,"
Turner said.

Notes: Nets F Kris Humphries was projected to be in the starting
lineup but was replaced by F Keith Bogans. Wallace slid over to
the power forward spot as Avery Johnson preferred to go with a
smaller lineup, something he had been working on over the
stretch of days the team had off. . Brooklyn is 7-2 against the
Eastern Conference at home this season. . The Nets' previous
home win against the Sixers came on April 5, 2009. ...
Philadelphia's trip also includes stops in Memphis, Los Angeles
to face the Lakers, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

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