The Philadelphia 76ers are on the losing streak to end all losing streaks, and unfortunately for Philly diehards, the skid continues after a 104-92 home loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.
The Sixers entered the game having lost 15 in a row, but there was a bit (a very small bit) of optimism that this would be the place where Philadelphia could grab a victory, given the opponent and venue. Still, the Jazz were able to overcome a 2-point halftime deficit (Philly was leading!) with 54 second-half points, and with that, it was a runaway win.
Gordon Hayward led a balanced effort for the Jazz with 22 points on just 15 shot attempts, and he added 8 assists to get his teammates involved. Former top-3 pick Derrick Favors anchored Utah’s work in the paint with 15 points and 14 rebounds, and backup big man Enes Kanter also had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards in 28 minutes. The Jazz did commit 29 turnovers thanks to Philly’s break-neck pace, but they were able to overcome that lack of ball security.
On the Sixers side, it was the Tony Wroten show from a positive standpoint. Wroten emerged from the bench with 30 points on 12 of 15 shooting (in only 31 minutes), and despite a game-worst -19 rating, the former Washington Huskies guard played extremely well at times. Philly is grasping at straws for positivity with each passing day, and it is beginning to seem like a real possibility that the Sixers could lose out.