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.
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).
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.
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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