PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins said Spencer Hawes' greatest enemy is often himself.
"Spencer's middle name is 'frustration' sometimes," Collins said.
But not Monday night. Hawes overcame a rough defensive start to record a season-high 24 points, along with 10 rebounds and a season-high seven assists, as the Sixers halted a five-game losing streak with a 106-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
Thaddeus Young added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Jrue Holiday had 15 points and 11 assists, the first time this season three Sixers had double-doubles in the same game. Philadelphia (24-39), which had dropped 12 of its previous 13 games, placed six players in double figures in scoring, shot 52.6 percent and matched its season high of 31 assists, on 40 field goals.
Evan Turner also scored 16 and Dorell Wright 15 for the Sixers while Damien Wilkins had 13.
"I think it was the best 48-minute game we've played in a while," Hawes said.
Deron Williams had 27 points, including the 10,000th of his career, and added 13 assists for the Nets, who saw a three-game winning streak end. Joe Johnson had 20 points and Brook Lopez added 19 for Brooklyn (37-27).
"We just didn't play," coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "They played better than we did. We didn't defend right from the very beginning. They played harder than we did."
Lopez notched 14 of his points in the opening period, but Hawes answered with 10.
"He didn't let himself get upset when Lopez hit a couple tough shots," Collins said.