April 16th, 2014 at 11:11 PM
By Nick Gill
The Philadelphia 76ers ended their season the same way it began, by beating the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. The problem for the Sixers was what happened in between the Heat victories, which included an NBA record tying 26 game losing streak. Now, Philly can finally put an atrocious 2013-14 season in the rear view mirror and plan on getting better for next year.
The Heat rested superstar forward LeBron James as well as all-star Chris Bosh in the 100-87 loss. The teams battled throughout the first half and into the second. At halftime, the 76ers held a 55-51 lead. Reversing their usual fortune, Philadelphia used the third quarter to build a 20 point advantage. All season the third quarter had been the downfall of the Sixers. Philly also stepped up their defense in this win, which has another detriment all season. The 76ers held the Heat to just 41 percent shooting and amassed 15 steals.
Offensively, the 76ers found their groove, shooting 51 percent from the floor including knocking down 10-23 three pointers. Forward Thaddeus Young led four starters in double figures with a game-high 20 points. Rookie of the year candidate, Michael Carter-Williams finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and four assists.Read more... Join the Conversation...
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...