Sixers sink the Nets with threes

October 22, 2008 7:32:08 PM PDT
Lou Williams scored 18 points and hit five of the Philadelphia 76ers' 14 3-pointers in a 118-100 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. Rookie Marreese Speights also had 18 points and Thaddeus Young added 16 as the 76ers finished the preseason with a 4-3 record. They will open the regular season at home next Wednesday against Toronto.

Yi Jianlian and rookie Brook Lopez had 16 points apiece for the Nets, who lost their fourth straight after opening the exhibition season with two wins over Miami in Europe.

The long ball decided this game, and surprisingly it was 76ers hitting them. They were the NBA's worst 3-point shooting team last season, hitting 31.7 percent. They had eight or more only four times during the season, twice finishing in double digits with their season high being 11.

Philadelphia hit eight 3s in the first half, opening a 62-50 lead. The 76ers started the game hitting their first four shots with Kareem Rush, Williams and Andre Iguodala all making long shots. They finished 14-of-27 from 3-point range, or 48.1 percent.

The 76ers led 12-0 and 18-6, before the Nets made their only run of the game. They got within two points at the end of the quarter and took a brief 31-30 lead on a rebound follow by rookie Ryan Anderson early in the second quarter.

Willie Green, who had 14 points, hit a baseline jumper on the next possession to ignite a 13-3 spurt that featured a 3-pointer by Donyell Marshall and consecutive baskets by Young.

Devin Harris had 13 points and Vince Carter and Maurice Ager added 12 apiece for New Jersey, which trailed by double digits almost the entire second half. Bobby Simmons and rookie Ryan Anderson had 11 points apiece.

New Jersey wraps up the preseason on Friday against the Knicks in New York. It will open the season next Wednesdsay at Washington.

Notes: Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks rested starting G Andre Miller. Starting C Samuel Dalembert did not play because of sore knees and the flu. ... Nets F Josh Boone, who experienced a recent rapid heartbeat, has been cleared to practice next week.