Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points and the Nets led by as many as 20 points, but Brooklyn ultimately fell to the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime 112-104 on Thursday night.
With Kyrie Irving now officially done for the season due to shoulder surgery, and Kevin Durant still recovering from Achilles surgery, much of the scoring onus for the Nets will now fall on their two young staring guards, Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert.
Dinwiddie had a very strong overall game, scoring 22 points to go along with eight assists and five rebounds, while LeVert scored a team-high 25 points in the OT loss.
The Sixers jumped out to a commanding 22-4 lead on Thursday night, but the Nets answered back thanks in part to strong play from their second unit. Brooklyn outscored the Sixers 32-16 in the second quarter, taking a 10-point lead into halftime.
Leading by as many as 20 points in the second quarter, the Nets looked to be on their way to becoming just the third team to beat the Sixers in Philadelphia this season, but a strong fourth-quarter and overtime effort by Joel Embiid proved to be too much. Embiid scored 39 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked two shots to lead the way for the Sixers, who were playing without All-Star Ben Simmons due to back soreness.
At 25-29, the Nets still hold the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, but it will be interesting to see how the team reacts now that Irving is officially done for the year. Irving played 20 games in his first season with the Nets, averaging 27.4 points and 6.4 assists, while shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc.
When Irving missed time earlier this season with this shoulder injury, Dinwiddie stepped up in a big way as he took on the starting point guard role. Averaging 21.0 points and 6.6 assists per game on the season, it will once again be on the Colorado product to lead the Nets on the floor.