SIXERS-NETS TONIGHT: A RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE NBA

By Annie Ross

The Sixers’ pitiful season is entering its last month, and it’s come to this:

Looking to avoid a ninth straight road defeat, the 76ers can take the season series from the Nets for the first time in five years tonight.

The Sixers (9-57) snapped a 13-game losing streak with Friday’s 95-89 win over Brooklyn. The 76ers’ previous victory was 103-98 over the Nets (18-48) on Feb. 6.

After shooting 39.1 percent in a 100-91 loss at Brooklyn on Dec. 10, the Sixers hit 46.1 percent to win the next two meetings at home. Philly held the Nets to 37.9 percent shooting and led by 19 on Friday.

“I think the reflection of how we try to play most nights was exemplified (Friday),” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “It thought there was grit. I thought there was fight.”

The 76ers are 3-38 against the East with the other victory being their most recent road win, against Orlando on Jan. 20. They last took a season series from the Nets with a sweep in 2010-11.

To do it again, the Sixers must bounce back after allowing Detroit to shoot 53.8 percent in Saturday’s 125-111 loss. Isaiah Canaan scored 22 and Carl Landry added 18 but the 76ers were outscored 35-24 in the fourth quarter.

Landry has totaled 34 points on 14-of-22 shooting in two games after being held to fewer than 10 in three of the previous four.

Sixers forward Robert Covington is expected to miss a second straight contest after he was taken off the court on a stretcher following an accidental kick to the face by teammate Jerami Grant on Friday.

“It definitely scared me more than anything,” Covington said. “But I’m glad to be alright, and I let everyone else know that I’m OK, and I’ll be back soon.”

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