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Sixers lose to Bucks 104-88

Sixers lose to Bucks 104-88

Going to Milwaukee, the 76ers ran into ex-teammate : Michael Carter-Williams, just recently traded to the Bucks, and who was playing here his first game with his new team. A meeting who ended up in favor of the home team who made the break since the first half.

The 76ers had an horrible start outscored 29-12 in the first quarter, only shooting 5 for 20. A field goal percentage which says a lot , 41% vs 54% for the Bucks throughout the game. The second quarter is almost identical to the first one (32-20) and Milwaukee goes back to the locker room with a 29-points cushion to lead 61-32, an advantage that leaves the 76ers with very small hope.
In the second half, Philadelphia closes out the gap led by Jason Richardson (16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) and Robert Covington (13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist). Brett Brown uses his whole squad switching back and forth each of his 12 players on the BMO Harris Bradley Center’s floor. The third quarter goes to the 76ers 28-21, as well as the last 12 minutes 28-22. Not enough to make up for their bad start and disturb the Bucks who broke away very early in the game.

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Michael Carter-Williams played his old team out (7 points, 8 assists, 2 steals in 17min) assisted by John Henson (21 points at 9/12, 9 rebounds and 2 assists) and Khris Middleton (19 points at 9/12, 5 rebounds, 3 assists) and didn’t give the Sixers a chance in this game giving them their 5th straight loss.

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Falling short to Warriors

Falling short to Warriors

Going against a redoubtable opponent last night (41W/9L), Philadelphia looked very good. The 76ers were eye-to-eye with Golden State before falling short 84-89. In the first half the two teams neutralized themselves. Philadelphia started the game off of a good first quarter won 24-20, before seeing Golden State’s reaction in the 2nd quarter to win 26-20. At the half the scoreboard is close, 46-44 for the visitors. Robert Covington is efficient (21 points at 7/15, 8 defensive rebounds, 1 assist), while Luc Mbah a Moute continues to show some good stuff falling 1 digit short to a double-double (13 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist).

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The game will definitely get overbalanced in the second half to the Warriors advantage who hold the Sixers down in the 3rd quarter 21-17. 76ers are turning the ball over too much (27 to 14) while the Warriors’s efficiency is better at rebounding (52 vs 40). With a 6 point-lead and 10 minutes remaining on the clock, the Warriors aggravate the score with a 16-2. Never down, Philadelphia comes back and it’s its turn to give a 12-0 run to see Luc and co close out Warriors lead down to 6 points. Iguodala first, then Curry secure the Warriors to 10 points. Philadelphia’s effort (23-22 in the 4th quarter) won’t be enough to come back and win the game.

It may be a little frustration at the end but the Sixers have nothing to be ashamed of in this loss.

Highlight

Sixers beat Hornets 89-81

Sixers beat Hornets 89-81

Very serious the whole game, the 76ers changed the game face during the 3rd quarter to take the lead and keep it until the final whistle.

Before that, the two teams were going pound for pound. Playing for the second time without Michael Carter-Williams (toe injury), the 76ers could rely on Robert Covington (22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists) and Hollis Thompson, very consistent in the last few games (18 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assists). After a balanced first quarter (24-23 for Chartotte), the Hornets accelerate in the second quarter to reach the 16 points-lead mark (46-30). Fortunately the 76ers won’t break and stay together until they go for a 12-2 run right before half time, allowing them to come back to a short 6 points behind at 48-42 going to the locker room.

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In the second half, the 76ers are going to take the lead no later than in the 3rd quarter. On a layup by Luc Mbah a Moute they will pass the Hornets (53-52) and never lose their advantage. They put a 14-5 which allows them to win the quarter 28-13 and to be comfortable entering the fourth with a 9 point lead d’avance (70-61). In the last act, the two teams neutralize themselves (19-20). The Charlotte Hornets won’t come back closer to a deficit of 5 points and will let the 76ers notch their 12th win of the season (for 41 losses). Luc Mbah a Moute had another good performance with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 1 assist.

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105-98 Victory over the Nuggets

105-98 Victory over the Nuggets

After falling short 91-85 to Atlanta, giving them a really hard time, and 97-84 to Cleveland, the Sixers bounced back in their home to win in a extremely good game 105-98 against Denver. This marks down the Sixers 3rd consecutive home win. A score to please the Philly crowd, sevrés de victoires au Wells Fargo Center en début de saison.

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The Sixers broke away in the first half after coming in well into the game helped by a Hollis Thompson on fire, shooting 8 for 8, recording his career high (23 points at 8 for 12, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and 1 steal). Philadelphia is taking off in the 2nd quarter won 27-12 ! At the half the score says it all: 61-40 for Philadelphia ! A lead that will even go up to 28 points before a come back from the Nuggets driven by Danilo Gallinari (22 points, 4 rebounds) Wilson Chandler (19 points, 6rebounds, 2 assists) and Arron Afflalo (14 points, 2 rebounds). This lead will be reduced by 6 points in the last 10 minutes (101-95). But the Sixers’ defense won’t break, well supported by Luc Mbah a Moute (4 points, 10 boards, 1 steal). Robert Covington (17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) and Michael Carter-Williams (15 points, 8 rebounds, 12 assists) will manage the rest. Denver prevails the 3rd and 4th quarters 28-24 and 30-20 but it won’t be enough to stop the Sixers earning their 11th win thanks to their big first half.

Despite turning the ball over 21 vs 14, the Sixers outrebounded Denver (49 vs 37) and shot well (44% and 41% from the 3-point line).

Press review : Mbah a Moute Redefining Game In Seventh NBA Season

Press review : Mbah a Moute Redefining Game In Seventh NBA Season

Type Luc Mbah a Moute’s name into YouTube and you’ll find videos like “Mbah a Moute monster block on LeBron James,” “Mbah a Moute vs. Kevin Durant,” and “Mbah a Moute Iso Defense.” But this season, videos like “Mbah drops 18 points” or “Mbah a Moute goes for 19” are becoming the norm.

For the better part of his seven-season NBA career, defense has been Mbah a Moute’s calling card. The 6’8” forward from Cameroon entered the league as a tested collegiate athlete, the first player at UCLA since Bill Walton to start in three consecutive Final Fours.

When he decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2008 NBA Draft, Mbah a Moute had solidified himself as a legitimate defensive stalwart who could suit up at either the three or the four positions on the floor. He was honorable mention All Pac-10 as well as honorable mention Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.

Fast forward to August 23, 2014, and Mbah a Moute found himself a piece in the blockbuster deal that centered around sending Kevin Love from Minnesota to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James and Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia to Minnesota in return for a 2015 first-round pick, Mbah a Moute, and Alexey Shved.

When the veteran forward arrived in Philadelphia, he was immediately an elder statesmen on the NBA’s youngest team. On the court, Mbah a Moute’s main job has been that of defensive Swiss Army knife, going one-on-one against point guards, shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards, and even centers at times and starting 42 of the 41 games in which he’s appeared this season.

« I think he is experiencing growth and giving us help pretty much all over the place,” head coach Brett Brown said earlier this season. “He helps us defensively, with his versatility. He is growing his own game from the perimeter and provides veteran stability in a locker room.”

While Mbah a Moute typically matches up with the opposing team’s most lethal offense threat on a nightly basis, he also has grown into a competent scorer whose 9.8 points per game are a career best.

His offense play of late has been exceptionally noteworthy, as he has scored at least 10 points in eight of his last nine games. This stretch included an 18-point outburst against the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team-high and a major factor in the 103-94 victory.

Along with his career-high points, he is also averaging career highs in field goals made (3.9) and field goals attempted (9.2).

The biggest indicator of Mbah a Moute’s new role is his average shot distance, which has ballooned from 8.3 feet to 13.3. This trend emphasizes the fact that Mbah a Moute is taking more jump shots and is confident in hitting the outside shot, a statistic highlighted by his 42.4% field goal percentage from 16 to 24 feet, which also is a career high. Just take a look at his shot chart this season (below) and hover over it to see what it looked like in his first six seasons.

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If you watch or go to Sixers game you’ll still see Mbah a Moute guarding the likes of LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, or even Al Jefferson, but you’ll also see him hitting jumpers, driving the lane, and providing scoring on an offense that needs as much of it as it can get. It seems that he is defying the odds and turning against the idea that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

by Doug Ammon

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