April 14th, 2014 at 10:04 PM
By Nick Gill
The Philadelphia 76ers won their last home game of the 2013-2014 season, defeating the Boston Celtics 113-108 on Monday evening. They took three out of four from the Celtics this season.
Philadelphia and Boston were tied at 33-33 at the end of the first quarter. The 76ers were able to break the game open in the second, taking a 19 point lead. The Celtics returned the favor in the third quarter, which has been the disastrous quarter for the Sixers, to cut the deficit to 86-84. The game came down to the wire with the Sixers leading by three points.
After Philly turned it over on an inbound play, the Celtics had a chance to tie the game with a three pointer. Forward Chris Johnson nailed the game tying three, but stepped out of bounds beforehand. Philadelphia knocked down two free throws to end the game 113-108.
The Sixers found their recipe for success by holding the Celtics to under 50 percent shooting from the floor, which has been a struggle for them all season. Boston only shot 46 percent from the floor and 9-24 from three point range. The 76ers shot 54 percent from the field in the win.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 12th, 2014 at 9:59 PM
By Nick Gill
The Philadelphia 76ers have only two games remaining in the 2013-2014 season. They will be happy to leave it in the past as their rough season continued with a loss Saturday night to the Charlotte Bobcats 111-105. Philly has now lost 63 games this year, while Charlotte improved to a 41-39, a game behind the Washington Wizards for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
So many 76ers games have followed the same script this season. For as bad as their record indicates, they have been competitive in many games. That shows some encouragement for next season. In this one, the Sixers followed their usual path. They kept the game within a possession for most of the first quarter and into the second half. However, like last night against the Memphis Grizzlies, Philly was outscored in the third quarter by double digits. This time, the Bobcats broke the game open with a 31-19 third quarter. The Sixers clawed back to make it a five point game, 108-103 late in the fourth, but couldn't get over the hump.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 11th, 2014 at 10:42 PM
By Nick Gill
This season cannot come to a close fast enough for the Philadelphia 76ers. They have now lost 62 games in the 2013-2014 season. Their latest loss came at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies in dominating fashion 117-95.
Memphis never trailed in a wire to wire victory over the 76ers. Philadelphia was able to keep it close in the first half, but Memphis was able to extend the lead throughout. With a 30-17 third quarter, the Grizzlies brought the lead to 20 points and kept it there. Memphis exploited the suspect 76ers defense shooting 54 percent from the field.
Marc Gasol hurt the Sixers in both meetings this season. On Friday night, Gasol went for a team-high 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Zach Randolph chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mike Miller led three double figure scorers off the bench with 19 points.
For the Sixers, Thaddeus Young and Tony Wroten led the way with 18 points apiece. The only other 76ers player in double figures was Elliot Williams off the bench.
Philadelphia has a quick turnaround, playing against the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. After that, the 76ers only have two more games before they can focus on the NBA lottery and securing their future.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 9th, 2014 at 10:23 PM
By Nick Gill
Defense was hard to come by in the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors game Wednesday night. That has been an issue all season for the Sixers as they came into the game last in the league in scoring defense. Toronto took advantage with the 125-114 win to keep pace for the third position in the NBA Eastern Conference playoff race.
Both teams showed their ability offensively shooting better than 50 percent from the field. The 76ers shot 52 percent from the floor while the Raptors were exactly 50 percent. The difference came in their three point shooting. Toronto knocked down 48 percent (12-25), while Philadelphia only made 38 percent (8-21) from downtown.
The Raptors were able to control things all night, outscoring the 76ers in all four quarters. Like they have all season, the 76ers continued to claw back into the game, but were unable to ever overtake Toronto.
All five starters were in double figures for Toronto with former Villanova University star Kyle Lowry leading the way. Lowry scored a game-high 29 points to go along with eight assists. Center Jonas Valanciunas went for 26 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 10-14 from the floor.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 6th, 2014 at 11:48 AM
By Nick Gill
After a win against the Boston Celtics on Friday night, the Philadelphia 76ers were looking to make it two in a row against the Brooklyn Nets Saturday. The Nets controlled the first half and built a 20 point lead in the third quarter. The 76ers stormed all the way back, but their rally fell short in the 105-101 loss.
The Nets got Kevin Garnett back Saturday, after missing the previous 19 games with a back injury. He contributed in the win, playing 13 minutes, scoring 10 points, and grabbing four rebounds. Point guard Deron Williams led Brooklyn with a team high 19 points and nine assists. The Nets had four other double figure scorers in a balanced attack with Mason Plumlee leading the way with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Brooklyn built an early 27-21 advantage after the first quarter. The Nets continued the to extend that lead to 57-42 at the half. The Nets shot a very solid 51 percent of the field to take the lead as high as 22 points. The Sixers starting fighting back and trimmed the lead to 12, 81-69 at the end of the third quarter.Read more... Join the Conversation...