The Philadelphia 76ers have now lost thirteen consecutive road games.
Yes, you read that correctly, as Philly fell by a 115-101 margin at the hands of the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night. Phoenix placed 4 different players with 18+ points in the game, led by 22 points and 13 rebounds from rookie big man Miles Plumlee, but even in the midst of relative excellence from the Suns, it was tough to not marvel at the Sixers.
Philadelphia is unquestionably trying and playing quite hard, but it almost doesn’t matter, as the Sixers shot just 38.9% from the floor as a team, and in the process, committed 20 gut-wrenching turnovers. Veteran forward Thaddeus Young had a big game for Philly with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Michael Carter-Williams (27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals) and Tony Wroten (22 points) added significant support. Still, it wasn’t nearly enough for the Sixers, and they now sit at just 8-21 after what was a hot start to the season.
With the win, Phoenix now climbs in the standings with an 18-11 mark that includes 11-4 in their home building, and they are a great story around the league with both entertainment and efficiency under Jeff Hornacek. It’s just shame that some of the luster of this win will be taken by the ineptitude of their opponent.