In the third preseason game at the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets lost to Atlantic Division rival Philadelphia, 106-96. The Nets were on the second night of a back-to-back, so many anticipated that Avery Johnson would rest the top players in his rotation. But most of his starters saw significant action, and Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, and Joe Johnson all put in some solid work.
It was the fourth game in five nights for the Nets, but both Johnson and Williams played 35 minutes or more. The newly acquired shooting guard scored 18 points on eight of 15 from the field, while Williams added 22 points. Williams, however, was off from long range, hitting just two of seven attempts from behind the arc.
Lopez likely had the strongest evening, finishing with 23 points and nine boards. The Brooklyn center will be an integral piece on the interior for the Nets, and he overmatched Philly at times on Friday. He got high-quality shots at the rim, finishing eight of 12 from the field. Outside of the big three, no other player was in double figures for Brooklyn.
The Nets will now have a few days off before the Knicks cross the bridge and come to the Barclays Center for the preseason finale on Oct. 26.