Nets coach Lionel Hollins didn't mince words after his team's 90-88 loss to the 76ers at Barclays Center Friday night .
The 76ers. The team that now is 6-29.
"You act like we are one of the better teams in the East or in the league," Hollins said. "We're not. We are right down there with them."
Well, not literally. The Nets are 16-20. But you get his point.
The 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams drove and fed Nerlens Noel for a dunk with 3.2 seconds remaining to break an 88-88 tie. Brook Lopez wound up missing a 27-footer with one second left.
Joe Johnson's two free throws with 3:51 remaining gave the Nets an 86-80 lead, but the 76ers scored the next eight points. Tony Wroten's three-point play with 2:41 left put Philadelphia ahead 88-86.
Lopez's jumper tied it at 88 with 25.3 seconds left.
So with all the ridicule aimed at the 76ers this season, what does this say about the Nets?
"I think we're honestly playing down to these teams these two games," Lopez said, referring to Wednesday night's loss to the Celtics. "We're better than this."
"I think we're OK," Johnson said. "I don't think we're that good."
Robert Covington had 20 points, including a three-pointer that brought the 76ers within 86-85.
Luc Mbah a Moute scored 16 and Noel and Wroten had 12 each for the 76ers, who moved three games ahead of the Knicks (5-34).
The Nets -- who were missing Deron Williams (fractured rib cartilage) and Kevin Garnett (rest day) -- shot 12-for-20 from the field in the first quarter and took a 32-23 lead.
Bojan Bogdanovic's dunk with 2:20 left in the third quarter gave the Nets a 68-55 lead, but the 76ers didn't play like a 6-29 team after that.
"They represent the city and represent themselves with a level of spirit and toughness most nights, and I'm proud of them for that," coach Brett Brown said.
Lopez had 18 points, Mason Plumlee added 15 points and 15 rebounds, Jarrett Jack had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Johnson scored 12 points for the Nets, who were outscored 26-17 in the fourth quarter and lost their fourth straight game.
Notes & quotes: The 76ers acquired Andrei Kirilenko from the Nets on Dec. 11, but the forward still hasn't reported, so he has been suspended. Reports have indicated that the 76ers reneged on a promise to release him, but Brown said, "That's not accurate."