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Valiant Effort Comes up Short as Philadelphia 76ers Edged by Golden State Warriors 89-84

February 10th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Nate Derosena

On Monday evening, when the Golden State Warriors came into the Wells Fargo Center, most would have thought that the Western Conference’s best team would have cruised to an easy victory. With one of the most lethal three point shooting backcourts in NBA history, it would have seemed easy to take on a depleted Philadelphia 76ers’ team. The young Sixers, however, showed that despite popular belief they can hang with the best in the West.

The 76ers stayed in the game throughout, only trailing the Warriors by two at halftime. The Sixers’ defense that locked up against the Hornets on Saturday evening seemed to have showed up again on Monday night. Philadelphia was the first team since the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas Day to hold the Warriors to under 100 points, and also held Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to just 4-18 (22.0%) from three point territory. Curry individually was 25.0% from beyond the arc, his lowest percentage in his seven previous games. “I’m so proud of our guy’s defensive improvement, their attention to defense, they take pride in it and know that it is our identity,” said Coach Brett Brown.

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Short Handed Philadelphia 76ers Defeat Charlotte Hornets 89-81, Win Fourth Consecutive Home Game

February 8th, 2015 at 9:30 PM
By Nate Derosena

This past Saturday evening, the Philadelphia 76ers played host to the visiting Charlotte Hornets. Despite not having both Michael Carter-Williams (sore right foot) and Tony Wroten (partially torn right ACL) suit up for action, the Sixers defeated the Hornets 89-81. The win marked the 12th win of the season for Philly and, after going winless at home for the 2014 portion of the season, their fourth home win in a row.

With their star point guard out for yet another game, it seemed as though the Sixers would have a tough time with the Hornets. After being down by six at the half, however, the Sixers came out the gates at full charge and never looked back. The Sixers went on a tier in the third quarter, outscoring the Hornets 28-13 and never trailed again. Robert Covington came up big for Philadelphia. He had a game high 22 points on 7-15 shooting, while being 5-10 from three point range. He also had a team high in rebounds with eight, and added two assists to go along with that. Hollis Thompson also had a big game, adding 18 of his own points on 6-9 shooting, while being 3-6 from beyond the arc. This marked Thompson’s fifth consecutive game scoring in double figures. The combination of Thompson and Covington has combined for 27-54 from three point range in the 76ers’ last four games. Nerlens Noel poured in 12 points (5-9 shooting), seven boards, three steals and two blocks, and Luc Mbah a Moute finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

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Michael Carter-Williams Records Triple-Double as Philadelphia 76ers Defeat Minnesota T’Wolves 103-94

January 30th, 2015 at 10:00 PM
By Nate Derosena

The Philadelphia 76ers earned their second straight victory on Friday evening as they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves at home. This marked the third time this season that the Sixers won consecutive games. The win was also the team’s tenth on the season, making sure that despite the franchise worst 0-17 start, the Sixers will not match their all-time (and NBA) worst record of 9-73.

Michael Carter-Williams led his Sixer team to victory, notching his third triple-double on the season with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, with eight of the assists coming in the first half. Nerlens Noel had a big night himself, filling the stat sheet in all aspects. He finished the night with 14 points (on 7-8 FG), six rebounds, three assists, six blocks and four steals. The win on Friday night was a complete team effort, however. Luc Mbah a Moute had a team high 18 points, and K.J. McDaniels added 11 points of his own, being a perfect 4-4 from the field. The 76ers shot 62.2% from the field in the first half, which is their highest shooting percentage in any half this season.

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Winning Ways Continue for the Philadelphia 76ers, Have Won Last Three of Four Games

January 11th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Nate Derosena

This past Saturday evening, the Philadelphia 76ers did something they have not managed to do all season – win back to back games. After providing the game winning assist the night before against the Brooklyn Nets, second year guard Michael Carter-Williams provided the game winning basket against the Indiana Pacers, giving the Sixers the 93-92 win. After going winless at home during the 2014 portion of the season, the Sixers have entered the New Year with new wind, winning two home games in just one week and winning their last three out of four games.

When the Pacers and 76ers faced off in their season opener, the Pacers came away with the win, and Roy Hibbert finished with 22 points. This time around, the Indiana big man would be limited to only seven points on 3-of-8 shooting from the field. The defense for the Sixers overall stepped up; Nerlens Noel brought down nine rebounds (seven offensive) to go along with a career high five blocked shots. Jerami Grant also had a career night in blocks, recording three of his own. As a team, the Sixers totaled 12 blocks, tying their season high.

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Philadelphia 76ers Defeat Brooklyn Nets 90-88, Earn Second Win in Last Three Games

January 10th, 2015 at 8:41 PM
By Nate Derosena

Last night, the Philadelphia 76ers came into Brooklyn to take on their division rival, the Brooklyn Nets. The team just faced a disappointing loss to Milwaukee at home. The Sixers seemed to have left the bitter taste of that loss behind them, as they pulled out their second come from behind victory of the week against another one of the Eastern Conference’s top eight seeds.

In the earlier parts of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers made it evident through their play that they were the youngest and least experienced team in NBA history. They appeared to be unaware of their identity as a team, as they were unable to close out games and hold teams off. As the season has progressed, however, this young team has seemed to find a few answers along the way. After earning their first home win of the season, the 76ers came to the Barclays Center two days after to earn their fifth road win of the season.

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