Demoted Spencer Hawes scores 19 points to help Philadelphia win | NBA
After being taken out of the Philadelphia 76ers' starting lineup for the first time this season, center Spencer Hawes channeled his frustration on the court against the New Jersey Nets. Hawes, a former Washington Huskies and Seattle Prep player, scored a season-high 19 points in a 107-88 road victory. .
NEWARK, N.J. — Instead of trashing his hotel room or moping after being taken out of the Philadelphia 76ers' starting lineup for the first time this season, center Spencer Hawes channeled his frustration on the court against the New Jersey Nets.
Hawes scored a season-high 19 points and the slumping 76ers got a playoff-race boost from a revamped starting lineup with a 107-88 victory over the Nets on Tuesday.
Sixers coach Doug Collins made two lineup changes, inserting rookie Nik Vucevic at center and replacing Evan Turner with Jodie Meeks.
"He told me before shootaround and obviously I wasn't happy," said Hawes, a former Washington Huskies and Seattle Prep player who had started all 27 Sixers games for which he was healthy this season.
"I think anybody playing the game, you get news like that and you're not happy. There are two ways to go. You can sit there and sulk about it or be a man, swallow it and then try to make the most of it."
Hawes did the latter. He made 7 of 11 shots from the field, had eight rebounds and three blocks in helping the 76ers (30-27) snap a four-game losing streak.
Philadelphia is a game ahead of the New York Knicks in the race for the No. 7 playoff spot of eight in the Eastern Conference.
"Spencer came back like I knew he would," Collins said.
"Spencer is a damn-good player. He got into a rhythm and when he plays like that he makes us altogether different."
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The Celtics are 18-7 since the All-Star break.
LeBron James led the Heat with 36 points.
• Richard Hamilton scored 20 points to help East-leading Chicago beat visiting New York 98-86. Bulls guard Derrick Rose, last season's league most valuable player, didn't play because of a sprained ankle.
• Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio, who had knee surgery March 21, said he is unsure if he will be ready to play by the start of next season.