In five games with the Armor last month, Brackins averaged 17.2 points and 8.6 rebounds a game.
A couple of weeks after Brackins returned from his first D-League stint, Sixers coach Doug Collins used him for 10 minutes, 39 seconds in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. Brackins said his D-League experience settled him for his second NBA appearance.
"I felt great; it was a lot better from the first time," Brackins said. "When I was in there it was like, 'Oh,' but this last time was natural."
Brackins said he has no intention of slowing his routine, or his focus.
"When you have days off, I still go in and get extra work, extra shots, extra running," he said. "Basically, it's self-motivating, it's if you want it. I've been wanting this since I started playing basketball, so I'm not going to take any days for granted."
Veteran center Tony Battie, who has tendinitis in his right rotator cuff, was deactivated for Friday night's game against the Bulls and Saturday's game at the Detroit Pistons. Battie joins swingman Andre Iguodala (Achilles tendinitis) on the Sixers' deactivated list. Center Spencer Hawes (mid-back strain) started Friday night's game, but Collins said beforehand that Hawes had to "gut it out" during Wednesday night's win over the Washington Wizards and that Hawes wasn't 100 percent healthy.
On Dec. 21, the Bulls defeated the Sixers, 121-76, in a game the Sixers trailed in by as many as 51 points.
"It was one of those nights they caught lightning in a bottle and everything they did was right," Collins said. "And I watched the tape and I didn't even recognize our team."
Bruised, but back
In the first quarter Friday night, Sixers forward Andres Nocioni suffered a dislocation of a joint on his right middle finger. He returned.
- Kate Fagan