K. J. McDaniels continues to impress Sixers’ coach Brett Brown.

By Mary Cunningham

If you are looking for bright spots in Monday night’s Sixers’ 99-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, please do let me know.

Playing without Nerlens Noel for the third consecutive game due to an upper respiratory infection, the Sixers allowed just nine fastbreak points, a testament to the emphasis head coach Brett Brown has made in that area, but were outscored 44-30 in the paint as they struggled to hold their ground inside. The Sixers led in the game just three times, as Brooklyn outscored them 61-46 in the first and fourth quarters combined.

The Sixers were led by Tony Wroten and Henry Sims, who each notched 13 points in the loss. Brooklyn big man Mason Plumlee grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end, and led all scorers with 20 points.

Sixers Standouts

K.J. McDaniels: 5 points (1/4 FG), 3 rebounds, 4 blocks, 15 minutes

Brandon Davies: 6 points (2/6 FG), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 26 minutes

Drew Gordon: 9 points (3/6 FG), 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal, 26 minutes