NEW YORK -- When their previous games ended, the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets were left searching for explanations about why focus and energy were lacking in disappointing home losses.
On Sunday, the Sixers and Nets will attempt to regain their focus when they get together for the second time this month in Brooklyn.
Philadelphia enters the second meeting with a 13-8 record and a 4-2 mark since Jimmy Butler made his debut on Nov. 14 in Orlando. The Sixers saw their season-opening 10-game home streak halted with a 121-112 loss to the league-worst Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
"Playing at home, we've played so well at home this entire year, we really came out with zero energy," Butler said. "Not even low energy, zero. As much as I hate to say it, they came in here and did what they wanted to do."
Similar things were said in Brooklyn on Friday afternoon when the Nets were blitzed in the third quarter, saw a fourth-quarter comeback fall short and took a 112-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, whom like the Cavaliers entered the game with a 0-8 road record.
"I think we were searching for energy but we kind of just didn't have the juice," Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. >> READ MORE
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