Luc Mbah a Moute and the Sixers were invited to the White House Tuesday, March 31. Time to take some pictures to capture the moment!
Despite a huge Nerlens Noel with a career high 30 points (14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals), the 76ers lost 119-98 to the Clippers, shooting better (54% FG vs 42%) and outrebounding the Sixers (56-40). Los Angeles ends up with 4 players at 15+ points, like Chris Paul and his 25 (3 rebonds, 7 passes) or JJ Redick having 19. Ish Smith (18 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists) and Luc Mbah a Moute (13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists) add their contribution on Sixers’ side.
The first quarter doesn’t look good for the Sixers, left behind quickly with a late of 15 points (34-19). The second quarter starts out on the same pace, Los Angeles breaking away with 19 points, until Luc and co react. They finally get it together and prevail the act 35-28 to close out the gap to 8 points at the half, 62-54.
But as it has often been the case lately, Philadelphia comes bad into the second half and put themselves in a tough spot. Against the Clippers making buckets, the Sixers’ offense is clueless. They let go the 3rd quarter 32-14 and are now 26 points behind entering the fourth period 94-68. A late they won’t overcome and that allows the Clippers to easily get a new win 119-98.
The Sixers won their second match up of the year against the Nuggets with a big time 4th quarter ( 27-9 ! )
The 76ers started the game well, dominating the first two quarters 22-21 and 27-25 to take the lead at the half 49-46. Robert Covington is leading the team and ties is career high with 25 points (6 rebounds, 2 steals), while Nerlens Noel keeps delivering with 14 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals.
In the second half, the Sixers scared themselves a little in the 3rd quarter. Although Covington scores 15 points in 6 minutes, Denver take the lead on a 14-6 led by Ty Lawson, best scorer for the Nuggets (19 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals). Denver wins the quarter 30-23 and snatches the lead 76-72 entering the final quarter. The final twelve minutes gave a one-way game where the Sixers will tie up the game on a layup from Nerlens Noel, then continue to score (14-2) while Denver misses most of their shot attempts. 27-9 in the 4th quarter for a final mark of 93-85. The Sixers finally get to won again on the road and record their 18th Win of the season.
The Sixers scratched, they clawed, and they fought until the final buzzer, but in the end they suffered their 16th consecutive road loss.
With the Sixers down 107-106 and mere seconds left on the game clock, Hollis Thompson had the ball in his hands. He drove right off the bounce and attempted to kick the ball out to Ish Smith on the wing, but Sacramento’s Ray McCallum was able to deflect the ball and steal it to secure victory for the Kings.
In the first half, the Sixers had everything going offensively, jumping out a 70-63 lead at the break thanks to a 56.3% shooting clip from the field and an 8-for-16 performance from distance in the first 24 minutes of the game. But coming out of halftime, the Kings were able to clamp down on the Sixers defensively, holding the team to just 14 points and taking an 87-84 lead into the final frame.
Sacramento was able to extend its lead to seven in the opening minutes of the fourth, but an offensive explosion from Robert Covington over a 75 seconds from the 7:26 to the 6:11 mark gave the Sixers a 103-100 lead. Covington scored 12 straight points for Philadelphia during that span, knocking down three triples and getting the hoop plus the harm on an alley-oop dish from Ish Smith. But over the final six minutes of the game, the Sixers didn’t make a single field goal, settling for three points at the charity stripe and dropping their second straight game.
Nerlens Noel finished with 14 points (5/10 FG), 10 rebounds, three assists, and six blocks, but was limited to just two minutes of action during the Kings’ third-quarter run because of foul trouble while Luc Mbah a Moute finished with 5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. Thomas Robinson put together another impressive performance off the pine, contributing a career-high 16 points in 21 minutes against the team that drafted him fifth-overall before trading him during his rookie season.
DeMarcus Cousins finished the game with 33 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, four steals, and four blocks, but was held to 8-of-27 shooting. His 17 made free throws were four more than the 13 Philadelphia converted as a whole.
After overcoming a 15-point deficit Tuesday night to notch a win against Memphis, the Pistons found themselves in a similar predicament on Wednesday night in Philadelphia. But despite a late push by Detroit, the Sixers’ defense was too much for them to overcome, holding them to 33.0% shooting in a 94-83 win, Philadelphia’s 16th of the season.The Sixers entered halftime with a 10-point lead and outscored the Pistons 26-10 in the paint through the first 24 minutes of the game. This number ballooned to a 40–20 margin by the end of the contest and helped the Sixers notch their fourth win over Detroit in five outings.
It was a total team defensive effort, as most of the Sixers wins have been this season. When the fourth quarter started, only one Piston, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, had double-digit points. When the final whistle blew, only Reggie Jackson had joined him in the 10+ point club. As a team, Detroit shot 33.0% from the field, their lowest output since a 30.7% performance on January 28 in a loss to none other than the Sixers.
Thomas Robinson continued to attack the glass and score easy buckets, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting to go along with six rebounds in just 16 minutes of action. Other role players stepped up again for the Sixers as well, as Ish Smith (15 points), Jason Richardson (14 points), and Jerami Grant (10 points) scored in double figures. Smith tallied a team-high eight dimes as well, marking his third game leading the squad in scoring since joining the Sixers.
In 22 minutes of action, Nerlens Noel finished with 11 points (5/10 FG), four rebounds, three blocks, and a steal. But his night was short after he came down awkwardly on his right foot at the 7:12 mark of the third quarter. He stayed in the game a bit longer, but left for good at 4:26 in the third frame.
After a first quarter led by the Hawks in control of the game (31-20), the 76ers will flip the script in the next three quarters. Three men essentially contributed to the Sixers’s success : Nerlens Noel with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 5 steals, Hollis Thompson who had 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, and Luc Mbah a Moute, tying the highest scoring mark with 19 points, 3 rebonds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
It’s really in the second quarter that the 76ers will reverse the game. They’re closing out the gap by winning 27-22 and coming back 6 points behind the Hawks 47-53 at the half.
In the beginning of the third, Philadelphia makes a 8-0 run, while the Hawks miss their first 7 shots, to take the lead with 55-53. The two teams go then pound for pound switching up back and forth on the scoring mark lead. But the Sixers will end this third quarter with a small advance 72-69 after outscoring the Hawks 25-16. In the last period, Mike Scott and Shelvin Mack hit their 3 point shots and the Hawks take the lead back with 75-72. The Sixers won’t give anything up and deliver a first class performance defensively as well as in the intensity they put. Hollis Thompson ties the game up with a triple (79-79), then Isaiah Canaan (12 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists) followed by Nerlens Noel will put the 76ers back ahead 87-83. The Hawks lack precision in their shots as they did all game long (30/77) and Philadelphia takes advantage of it. Luc Mbah a Moute’s big time 3-pointer with 1’05 min left buries the Hawks and allows the 76ers to win the contest (91-84).
— Luc Mbah a Moute (@mbahamoute) 8 Mars 2015
The Sixers went down once again at Wells Fargo Center despite having led by 6 points in the third quarter.
In the first half, the two teams go pound for pound and will see the 76ers take home the first quarter 24-21. Then the Jazz will notch the second quarter with a 2 point-lead 20-18. At the half, Philadelphia leads by a little point 42-41. Gordon Hayward is running the show (25 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) while Rudy Gobert is crashing the boards (9 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals). On Sixers’s side, Isaiah Canaan strikes back (16 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists) helped by Ish Smith (14 points, 7 assists) and Luc Mbah a Moute (14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals).
In the early second half, the Sixers take a 6 point-lead following a dunk from Nerlens Noel (10 points, 11 rebounds, 6 steals) and the 3 pointer from Jakarr Sampson. The Jazz will quickly come back in the game and flip the script with a 11-3 run to put them back ahead 52-50. Utah keeps shooting well and wins this act 23-13 to enter the fourth with a 9 point-lead 64-55. Utah increases the score gap (14 points) before Philadelphia attempt a come back. The 76ers succeed and win 28-25 but won’t be enough to overcome the final score being down by 6 points.
After a one-way game vs Indiana (94-74), the 76ers produced a much better performance versus Toronto (second in the eastern conference) but fell short regardless 103-114.
Two players contributed efficiently to the Raptors’s victory. The well-known Demar Derozan who dropped 35 points (12/24, 10/10 free throws, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals) and Louis Williams scoring 21 points along with 3 rebounds and 5 assists. On 76ers’ side, we can see Nerlens Noel fighting with a complete stat sheet (17 points at 7/7, 7 rebounds and 3 assists), helped by Ish Smith and his 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. In this disputed game, only a few details made the difference. Despite a better field goal percentage (53% versus 51%) and more assists (32 to 24), Philadelphia turned the ball over more (16 vs 11) and scored less foul shots (68% versus 88%). Those details benefited the Raptors in the first half, helping them notch the first two quarters 26-22 and 29-27. The 76ers came back down 1 point from the Raptors (40-39) but would enter the half break down 49-55.
In the second half, even though the Sixers are standing shoulder to shoulder with Toronto, they can’t come back all the way to tie the game up. Thomas registers 13 points ( at 6/8 with 5 rebounds in 14 minutes ) in the third quarter (27-28) but the Raptors reply and hold on to their lead going into the final quarter (76-83). A lead they will never let go and even increase to 14 points with 3 minutes left on the clock. Enough to control the game and stop their losing streak. Solid performance from Luc Mbah a Moute (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) and the 76ers.