|The Sixers returned home in style tonight with an emphatic 104-96 win over the Houston Rockets. After outscoring the Spurs 56-42 in the second half on Saturday, the Sixers put Houston away with a 51-41 second half tonight. While Philly was able to score 104 points against the Rockets (they average 94.1 allowed/game), the offense wasn't the story in this one.|
|This game left me speechless. It's taken me about 7 hours to be able to sit down and write this. The irony is this may have been the best game the Sixers have played all season. They scored 106 points on San Antonio, in San Antonio. The erased a 22-point deficit. They outscored the Spurs 56-42 in the second half. For about 24 minutes, I thought I was watching the '07-'08 Sixers. Then, in the final 2 seconds, I was brought crashing back down to Earth. We all were.|
|Twelve poor minutes of basketball did the Sixers in tonight. It's a familiar theme. They play their brand of basketball for three quarters, then in the fourth, better teams force them into the half court and it all falls apart.|
|The more bad basketball this team plays, the closer they come to a change. That's what we have to keep telling ourselves at this point. The change could be a permanent coach, it could be a trade, it could be a drastic reshuffling of the rotation. Losses like this one to Utah really make you hope it comes sooner rather than later.|
|Three obvious reasons the Sixers lost this game, 105-101 to the Nuggets. Which one do you like best? 1. Outscored by 30 points from three. (5 threes to 15) 2. Outworked on the boards (41 to 34 overall, 12 to 8 on the offensive glass) 3. Can't hit a free throw (18/30, 60%)|
|The Sixers put up a little bit of a fight early in the first half, but by halftime, this one was pretty much decided. The 110-91 (f you Eddie House for shooting at the buzzer to pad your stats) win pushes the Celts' streak to 19 in a row. But the Sixers are working on a streak of their own. More on this after the jump.|
Latest comment: from AlvinI will really love it when the Celtics get beat in the playoffs. Really LOVE it....
|If you want to know why the Sixers lost this game, I can't really tell you. I can tell you a couple of things that certainly didn't help. Getting out-scored by 18 points from the three point line, for example, probably wasn't helpful. 2 technical fouls, also not a very good idea in a game you lose by 1 point. Absolutely no clue what to do on offense in the half-court, again, potentially part of the problem.|