The 76ers handed the Nets 39 points off their miscues, which contributed to Brooklyn’s whopping 40 more shot attempts.
“It’s not Golden State. We shouldn’t lose a game to Brooklyn by that many points,” said Joel Embiid, who finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds but got only eight shots and was pulled midway through the fourth quarter. “We didn’t compete.”
Brown knows the Sixers have to change their ways to have any success away from home.
“To win on the road, you better not turn it over at the rate that we’ve been turning it over. You better have an incredible focus on rebounding,” Brown said. “Historically, like, those are the tenants of road wins.
“And I think that togetherness, that toughness, the ability to take punches and still come out on the other side, that is part of growth. We don’t have that right now.”
Philadelphia was 22-19 on the road last season, when it won its last 16 games overall and went 52-30 before reaching the second round of the playoffs behind Embiid and Ben Simmons.
That strong finish has been followed by a shaky start, and players agreed with Brown’s tough talk about their effort Sunday. But he insisted afterward the 76ers wouldn’t overreact and would move on.
They’ll try to do that Wednesday at Indiana, another team ahead of the 76ers in the East. A victory smooths out a rough road that’s left them puzzled.
“I don’t know what it is,” Simmons said, “but I think we just need to step it up.”
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