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Finishing strong 103-94 against the Timberwolves !

Finishing strong 103-94 against the Timberwolves !

After their win over the Pistons, the 76ers keep up that positive energy to notch a second win in a row against the Wolves 103-94. A disputed battle all the way until the 76ers take the lead in the final act. Michael Carter-Williams with another triple double (17 points at 6 for 13, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) and Luc Mbah a Moute, scoring leader with 18 points at 5 for 11, 2 boards, 1 assist and 2 steals are the two men putting their team on the path to victory.

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The game stated out on a crazy pace with two quarters on a very offensive note. Minnesota prevails the first quarter (28-25) until Philadelphia strikes back in the second 35-31. At half, Sixers are slightly up by two 61-59. On the Wolves side many players give a hard time to the Sixers. Kevin Martin scores 19 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists while Nikola Petrovic gets 18 points, 7 boards and 2 assists. Dieng records a double-double posting 14 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

In the second half the rythme calms down, even though the two teams keep going pound for pound. Minnesota gets back ahead (18-17) and everything will be decided in the final act. 78-77 for the 76ers entering the last quarter and this lead will be quick comforted by Luc and co with a 10-1 to start the 4th quarter with ! 88-78, but Minny will cut it short by passing a 7-0 to close out the gap to 3 points (88-85). The lead will eventually stabilizes itself and see the Sixers snatch the quarter 25-18 to win the game 103-94.

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On the stat sheet, the 76ers made 50% of their shots versus 45% for the Wolves. Perfect tie game from the foul line with 21/25 (84%) while the Sixers made 8 for 23 from the 3-point line versus 5/14. Stats are slightly in favor of the Sixers in the assists line (27 vs 24) while Minnesota prevails the rebounding battle 38-34 but turns the ball over more (21 vs 15).
The 76ers record their 10th win of the season (for 37 losses) and leave the last spot to the Knicks in the Eastern conference. In the West, the Timberwolves are sticking in the depth of the standings with 8 wins for 38 losses.

76ers vs Wolves résumé

Great Win for the Sixers against the Pistons 89-69

Great Win for the Sixers against the Pistons 89-69

The Sixers had a beautiful victory against the Pistons with 89-69, this was one of the best game they’ve ever played this season in front of their fans.

The difference was made at the beginning of the game with the 76ers starting the first quarter with 18-0, Michael Carter Williams (14 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists) and Robert Covington (19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 pass).

The gap was getting wider to 24-4 before the Pistons scored 8 points, but it did not make any difference in the way the 76ers were playing as they were dominating the first quarter with 28-16. The second quarter on the other hand is a bit less easy for the 76ers, the Pistons took over by 20-21 with Jodie Meeks (19 points, 1 rebound, 3 passes) and Greg Monroe (20 points, 11 rebounds, 1 passes), but this doesn’t get in the way of the 76ers who end the second quarter with 48-37.

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In the second half, the Pistons will return several times to 9 points, but Luc Mbah a Moute (12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 passes, 2 interceptions) and his teammates are still at it. Though the Pistons tried to come back in the game while shooting few 3-points, the 76ers were dominating the second half with 20-18 at the 3rdquarter and 21-14 at the last quarter. It is with a 20-point difference in the score that the 76ers win the game and stop the series of six consecutives loss.

The 76ers, with 47% success in firing against 31% side Pistons, 33% to the 3 points to 7/21 and 48 rebounds, they have delivered a full match before hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves, last in the western conference with 8 wins and 37 losses.

 

Sixers vs Pistons

Sixers have no answer for Pelicans

Sixers have no answer for Pelicans

The 76ers lost to a dominant New Orleans team who controled the game from the beginning with a mercyless Anthony Davis adding up : 32 points at 12/19 and 8/8 from the foul line, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals. With a sidelined Michael Carter Williams due to illness, the Sixers relied on K.J. McDaniels (16 points, 4 rebounds),Henry Sims (14 points, 3 rebounds, 1 ast) and Luc Mbah a Moute (14 points – 6/13, 3 rebounds, 1 ast).

Right from the start, New Orleans took the lead by 11 points (30-19). Then Sixers fought to come back, with a 14-3 run to catch up 34-33. The Pelicans, without paniking, are going to take another lead 52-39 before the Sixers once again answer the call by winning the second quarter (24-22) and catch up to be down 9 at 43-52.

Back from the locker room, New Orleans does it again. Anthony Davis is making points rain (13 points in these 12 minutes), helped by Ryan Anderson (19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals). 33-19 in this quarter to seal a 23 points lead entering the 4th quarter. New Orleans’s coach Monty Williams will then play the bench who will keep up the scoring (14-12) and finally win by 25 points 99-74.

Pelicans logically win 99-74 to extend winning streak to 4. On the other hand, the Sixers go opposite and get their 6th consecutive loss to reach the final and 15th spot in the eastern conference tied with the Knicks (8W/37L).

résumé Sixers @ Pelicans

101-83 loss to Memphis.

101-83 loss to Memphis.

The Memphis Grizzlies, 2nd in the western Conference (31V/12 D) did not come out to play around against Philadelphia and easily won the contest at home 101-83.

The Grizzlies were doing the job already in the first half being up by 19 points at halftime (27-21 and 33-20 in the first 2 quarters). The usual scorers have a tough time scoring for the Sixers, and Jerami Grant is a bit by himself with 16 points. However Michael Carter-Williams scores 10 points with 3 rebounds and 6 assists, while Robert Covington only registers 8 points.

In the 2nd half, Memphis rests his starters a lot. Philly will then limit the damage and win the fourth quarter 22-20. A present that won’t be enough for the 76ers to catch up the score and avoid a logical loss to a much better opposition (47% FG percentage 37/79 versus 38% – 31/81, 84% vs 55% free throw shooting percentage, 43% 3pt FG with 6/14 vs 38% at 9/24, 24 assists against 18, 18 turnovers against 24 for the Sixers. Luc Mbah a Moute (7 points, 7 rebonds) and his teammates only matched the Grizzlies’s numbers in rebounds (48-47).

Philadelphia stays 14th in the east with 8 wins for 36 losses, almost tied with the Knicks whose record is identical in wins but have one more loss.

Résumé  Grizzlies VS 76ers

Grizzlies VS 76ers

76ers fight hard but fall to Raptors down the stretch.

76ers fight hard but fall to Raptors down the stretch.

Philadelphie wasn’t unworthy against the Toronto Raptors, 3rd in the east, taking the lead several times during the game.

First of all the Sixers started the game perfectly and it allowed to win the first quarter 30-22. But the Raptors wake up in the following 12 minutes, threading the buckets and stopping 76ers offense. Therefore, Toronto comes back ahead at halftime 48-41 thanks to this second quarter won 26-11.

Sixers are coming back fresh and strong in the second half. However, despite a bit of looseness, Robert Covington makes some shots (18 points- 5/15, 4/11 from 3 point-line, 6 rebounds) while KJ McDaniels drops 14 points, 5 rebounds et 5 assists. Back at 1 point behind Toronto, Luc Mbah a Moute gives the 76ers a 2pt-lead with 8 minutes remaining in the game (70-68). After missing the previous two games, Luc’s successful come back (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal) gave the Sixers some fresh air and keeps the hope alive in the 4th quarter. He goes on with a « and 1 » play to put the Sixers up by 8 (77-69 with 5’39 left). Buy Kyle Lowry (1 points 5/14, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) will take the Sixers to school. He will score 17 of his 21 points in the last quarter, with a 13-4 run on his own ! Unstoppable… The 76ers aren’t breaking despite Toronto’s effort (81-81). Michael Carter-Williams puts his team ahead again 86-85 with 42’1 seconds left before Greivis Vasquez scores a layup (87-86) for Toronto. During the last 20 seconds, between a few missed attempts and loosenesses Michael Carter-Williams fouls Jonas Valanciunas, who will convert his foul shots, to kill any hope left for the 76ers and lose a close game 91-86, ending a great battle.

Résumé Raptors VS 76ers

Raptors VS 76ers

Sixers fall to Knicks 98-91

Sixers fall to Knicks 98-91

Philadelphia was facing New York, last in the east, on their own court and lost to them 91-98. Without Luc Mbah a Moute (left knee contusion), Nerlens Noel (illness) et Tony Wroten (partial tear in right ACL, most likely out for rest of season), 76ers were behind trying to catch up the score all game.

After a balanced first quarter (18-18), the Knicks took a 7 point-lead in the 2nd quarter (31-24) to go back to the locker room at 49-42. No reason to panic, especially when Michael Carter-Williams drops buckets (27 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists), helped by a good Robert Convington (17 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists). On the other hand, Carmerlo Anthony leads the battle with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.

With a bit more of precision and success in their plays, (41% FG vs 37%, 85% FT vs 78%, 26 assists vs 20 and 52 rebounds vs 43) the Knicks will slowly break away in the 3rd quarter (25-20) to enter the last quarter with a 12 points lead. They’ll reach up to 14 points lead before the 76ers close out the gap to 3 points down with 7′. A race against the clock starts and the Knicks resist the 76ers’s assaults. With 1’30 remaining, Robert Covington scores a 3 pointer to bring Philadelphia back 4 points behind (91-87) but New York holds on its lead tight until the end to take the victory home 98-91.

résumé 76ers vs Knicks

The 76ers had two losses: Detroit and Washington

The 76ers had two losses: Detroit and Washington

Philadelphia lost ground in its last two trips by losing to Detroit (89-107) and Washington (111-76).

In their first game against the Pistons, the Sixers led by 10 points in the first quarter (21-31) but the second quarter was led by the Pistons with 19 points that took them to 56-37 at the half. Kyle Singler (20 points), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) and Greg Monroe author of a double-double (12 points and 13 rebounds) did not leave much chance to a Sixers team that struggled to find the net—only Enry Sims (12 points, 10 rebounds), Michael Carter-Williams (15 points, 1 rebound, 6 assists) and Luc Mbah a Moute (11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist) scored more than 10 points in the game.

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Early in the second period, Luc and his teammates managed to cut down the deficit to 10 points, thanks to more accurate shots. But this was not enough as the Pistons added 5 additional points to their lead to tie the 3rd quarter at 25-25. Although the 76ers finished the game strongly, they failed to catch up (27-26 in the last quarter) and logically lost 107-89 against the 10th of the Eastern Conference (16 victories/25 losses). The first half was fatal for the Sixers even though they had pretty similar stats to the Pistons with a field goal percentage of 46 against 43% for the Pistons, 86% to 84% in free throws, 24 assists against 27, and 47 rebounds against Detroit’s 42. Detroit outdid Philadelphia on the three points line with 43% (15/35) against 25% (7/28).

Sixers vs. Pistons

The away game in D.C against the Wizards, 2nd of the Eastern conference, resulted in a tough loss with a 35 points score difference (76-111).

Once again, it all happened in the first period. After a slow start by both teams (8-7 for the 76ers after 6 minutes), the Wizards, 2nd in the league in team assists per game, inflicted a 20 to 6 run to the Sixers to end the 1st quarter at 27-14. With 15 rebounds and an unmatched dexterity, the Washington Wizards continued their ride in the second quarter (28-18). After a thunderous start (17-4) and 25-point lead, the Wizards’ agility declined as they turned over the ball 10 times in the 2nd quarter. Those turnovers allowed Henry Sims (13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists), Nerlens Noel (11 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists), and Robert Covington (10 points, 4 rebounds 1 assist) to cut down the lead to 23 points at half time.

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The 2nd half was still majorly dominated by the Wizards who took early control of the half. 7 players ended up between 10 and 20 points, and the score quickly worsened (Marcin Gortat finished top scorer with 20 points on 9/11 for 8 rebounds, Kevin Seraphin him 14 points to 7/9 to 9 rebounds, John Wall delivers 10 passes for 4 rebounds and 11 points). With a 27-point lead in the last quarter (58-85), the game was already done.
Luc Mbah a Moute was rested during this game. This loss brings the Philadelphia Sixers to a record of 8 wins to 33 losses (14th East East).

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Sixers blow away Pelicans 96-81

Sixers blow away Pelicans 96-81

By beating the Pelicans in front of its crowd, Philadelphia got its 8th win of the season ( 3rd at home ) in a game they controled throughout the whole 48 minutes.

In the 1st quarter, the 76ers started out strong and grabbed a quick 11 point lead (33-22) helped by a very active Nerlens Noel who sets his rythme ( 17 points – 7/10 from the field, 11 rebounds an de 2 assists ). However in the second quarter the Pelicans will try to come back slowly. Eric Gordon takes the leadership ( 16 pts, 6 rbs, 3 ast ) and allows the Pelicans to jeep breathing by winning the quarter 25-17. This will leave the Sixers up by 3 at halftime 50-47.

Coming back from the locker room, the Sixers led by Luc Mbah a Moute ( 13 points at 6/10 from the field, 4 rbs 1 ast and 1 stl ), MCW (22 points, 6rbs and 7ast) and Robert Covington (18 pts, 6 rbs, 3 ast) will play extremely right and knock out the Pelicans with a 23-12 in the 3rd quarter. The two teams will play eye to eye in the final act but the victory goes out to the Sixers who held on to the 15 pt lead earned in the third quarter to win the game 96-81.

A full game by the 76ers where they did not turn the ball over a lot ( only 10 ) and got a very good field goal percentage (63%).

résumé 76ers vs Pelicans

Sixers vs.Pelicans

 

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76ers fall short vs Hawks and Raptors

76ers fall short vs Hawks and Raptors

Atlanta did not come to Philly to play around and clearly won 107-85. Hawks dominated in every aspect of the game (48% from the field vs 41%, 12/23 from behind the arc vs 9/25, 34 assists vs 20, 47 rebounds vs 35).

Starting from the first half with a 12 point lead already at halftime 49-37 (25-20 and 24-17). Nevertheless, the performance of MCW (20 pts – 8 for 13 – 9 rbs and 4 ast) helped the Sixers tying the gam up at 33-33 with 6 minutes left in the first half. But in front them Al Horford was fighting back getting his first triple-double with 21 points (8/10), 10 rebounds and 10 assists along with
17 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist from Kent Bazemore.

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From that point on it seemed to be mission impossible for the Sixers, especially as the 3rd quarter started on the same pace (25-18) and the Hawks will take the lead up to 22 points. The fourth quarter will be a formality for the Hawks (31-32) who end up winning 107-85. A little set back for the Sixers who won 3 of their last 4 games and lose Tony Wroten with a sprained right knee on top of that.

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In this situation it wasn’t easy for the Sixers to to play back to back the next day in Toronto. The scenario isn’t really the same but at the end the score is very similar.

The Raptors did’t waste any time to break away from the Sixers with a 13-0 to start the game. Toronto is ahead (34-19) but the Sixers will fire back in the second quarter with a 12-1, led by a good Michael Carter-Williams ( 29 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals ). Nerlens Noel records 8 points in this act ( total 12 points, 8 rebounds and 1 ast ). The 76ers close out the gap only being down by 4 at the half (50-46).

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But Philly will go through a free fall just like in the beginning of the game and go scoreless for almost 4’30 ». Therefore the Raptors take their chance to widen the gap. Even though the 76ers score 23 points in this quarter, Raptors stay ahead with a 10 point-lead to get into the last quarter. However Philly isn’t trying to quit and is used to crazy ending scenarios. KJ McDaniels (10 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist) keeps hope alive with a shot followed by 2 free throws (79-73). Philadelphia won’t be able to ever catch up with Toronto who even finishes on a 7-0 (29-23 in the 4th). Raptors wins it 100-84. As usual Luc Mbah a Moute was in the starting line up in these two games.

Philadelphia stays 14th in the east with 7 W/31 L.

Sixers @ Raptors

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Victory in extremis 93-92 vs the Pacers!

Victory in extremis 93-92 vs the Pacers!

The 76ers went on for a second Win in a row last night ( 93-92 ) facing the Indiana Pacers. Once again, they earned this win in the very last seconds of the game, on a play from MCW who had a full stat sheet ( 15 pts, 5 rbs and 9 ast ).

After the two teams observed each other in the 1st quarter ( 21-19 for Indiana ), the Pacers will take a slight lead with a good David West ( 28 pts, 9 rbs, 2 ast ). Tony Wroten ( 20 pts, 4 rbs, 9 ast, 2 stl ) and Robert Covington ( 16 pts, 2 rbs ) lead the Sixers and allow the team to keep up with their opponent. At halftime, Sixers are only down 6 ( 49-43 ).

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Everything will play itself out in the second half with several key moments. Philadelphia returns to head in the 3rd quarter that they prevail 29-21. They started with a 12-3 before the Pacers take the lead back at 62-60. Three 3 pointers in a row allow Philly to flip the script around and lead 69-62 before Indiana goes for a 8-0 run while the quarter is about to end. But a « and 1″ play from Tony Wroten puts his team up 2 to enter the 4th quarter ( 72-70 ). The Sixers will go up to a 7pt lead with 7’28 » left in the game ( 84-77 ) but the Pacers close out the gap again and even go ahead. With 1’29 » left, Wroten scores a lay-up ( 89-88 for the Sixers ) before a play from Roy Hibbert puts the Pacers ahead one more time ( 90-89 ).

Crazy ending when Covington scores 2 points with 32.9 seconds in the game to put the Sixers up by 1 and the answer from David West with 17.9 seconds put the Pacers ahead once again ( 91-92 ). 9.9 seconds on the scoreboard, MCW makes a lay-up to seal the deal with the 76ers up 1 ( 93-92 ) followed by a missed shot at the buzzer from David West. A flashback from last night’s game in Brooklyn with the explosion of joy of a team that had a very tough start of season. The renewal seems to be on ! And this second home win put a smile back on the whole team’s face as well as the fans!

76ers vs Pacers

Philadelphie take Brooklyn down 90-88!

Philadelphie take Brooklyn down 90-88!

The 76ers visiting the Nets offered a great game to the brooklyn crowd, who saw 2 teams go pound for pound all night with a grand finale that had Nerlens Noel throw a crazy dunk down with 3.2 seconds left in the game.

However the Nets took control early in the game and took off to close the 1st quarter by a 32-23 lead. Luc Mbah a Moute – back from a minor toe injury – was showing great discipline and that he has obviously a major role in the Sixers system. He scores his first 3-pointer at the 9th minute mark to finish the game with 16 points ( 2nd leading scorer for the 76ers ), 6 for 10 from the field and 2 for 3 from the 3pt line, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Robert Covington will finish with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist. The momentum switches side in the 2nd quarter and will see Luc and co come back outscoring their opponents 22-14 to close out the gap and go back to the locker room down 1. 46-45 Brooklyn.

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In the second half, the Nets take a 6pt lead to finish the 3rd quarter with 71-64 before the Sixers pull out an amazing 4th quarter. They take the lead with a play from Tony Wroten (12 pts, 2rbs, 4 ast ) with 2’41 » left in the game. Both teams are scoreless during 2 minutes before Brook Lopez ties the game up with 25″ left. MCW takes his time in the final seconds then gets to the rim by himself. While getting up to the hole he dishes the ball wonderfully to Nerlens Noel next to him who finishes up with a terrific dunk ! Lopez will try a desperate shot at the buzzer and will airball it from the 3pt line. Then the whole team along with the bench jumps out to celebrate this 6th win of the season ( 5th on the road ).

Luc’s return helped tremendously the team on the court and mentally while they still stand at the 14th spot in the Eastern conference with 6 Wins for 29 Losses.

First home Win against Cleveland 95-92!

First home Win against Cleveland 95-92!

Coming off of a 5 game losing streak, the 76ers finally enjoyed a win by doing so at home for the first time of the season. A 95-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers , earned in the second half, and 4th quarter won 35 to 24.

Philly started the game pretty well with a quite even 1st quarter ( 19-20 ) before the Cavs speed the pace up in the second quarter with a 30-18 lead giving them a 13 point-lead at halftime ( 50-37 ). Kevin Love was on top of this mastership and will finish the game with 28 pts 19 rbs and 2 ast! The sixers had to rely on Tony Wroten ( 20 points, 1 rebound, 8 assists ) along with Michael Carter-Williams ( 18 points, 6 rebounds, 13 assists ) to fight back.

76ers vs Clevenalnd résumé

In the second half, Cleveland increases the lead, being up by 17 points, before the Sixers tighten up their defense to finally take over the momentum. An incredible come back will now take place, pushed by the 18,000 fans of Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers win the 3rd quarter 23-18 to close out the gap to 68-60 and will eventually keep on rolling with their confidence to go snatch that Win in the last 5 minutes of the game. Tony Wroten brings the team back in a 2pt-game ( 86-88 ) and then tie it up a few seconds later 88-88. With one minute left on the clock, he allows Philly to take the lead with 2 free throws. Then with 20″6 left on the board, two missed free throws from Matthew Delladova will see the sixes take off with a lay-up from Wroten with 9″1 left in the game.

Short win but precious for Philly ( 5W/28L ) who not only wins at home for the first time but leaves the last spot in the eastern conference to New York ( 5W/32L )