Deron Williams is playing with a sense of urgency as he and the Brooklyn Nets seek home-court advantage in first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Philadelphia 76ers, meanwhile, are simply playing out the string after being eliminated from postseason contention.
Williams and the Nets will try to take another step toward clinching fourth place on Tuesday night when they host the 76ers.
After a disappointing home loss to Chicago - the team directly trailing them in the East race - the Nets (44-32) bounced back with a key 105-96 victory over Charlotte on Saturday to move two games ahead of the Bulls, who lost at Detroit on Sunday, for the fourth seed and home court in the first round.
The Nets, 23-15 at home, are hoping to build momentum heading into the postseason after dropping five of their last eight at the Barclays Center.
Williams has put together back-to-back outstanding performances there, finishing with 32 points on Saturday and making all six of his free-thro...