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Philadelphia 76ers Defeat Detroit Pistons in Overtime Thriller, Have Won Last 2 of 3 Games

December 8th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Nate Derosena

After dropping the first 17 games of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers are now 2-1 in their last three games. They picked up their second win of the season against the Detroit Pistons this past Saturday evening. It was a hard fought game: the lead changed hands 16 times throughout and was tied 11 times. The Sixers held their own in the overtime period, though, and picked up the win against Brandon Jennings and the Pistons.

Michael Carter-Williams was pivotal in the Sixers’ win Saturday night. The second year guard out of Syracuse once again flirted with a triple double, finishing the game with 20 points (8/12 FG), 15 assists, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. Over his last five games, he is averaging 19.6 points, 12.2 assists, and 9.0 rebounds per game. Robert Covington had a huge night as well, pouring in a game high (and new career best) 25 points while shooting 9-14 from the field and 3-5 from three point range. Hollis Thompson added an additional 13 points and was 3/6 from three point range, including the three pointer that tied the game with 13.4 seconds left in the game.

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Philadelphia 76ers Defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 85-77, Earn First Victory of the Season

December 4th, 2014 at 9:32 AM
By Nate Derosena

After a horrendous (and new franchise worst) 0-17 start to the season, the Philadelphia 76ers won their first game last night. They defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road, handing the T-Wolves their third consecutive loss. The win prevented the Sixers from tying the NBA record for worst start to a season of 0-18, which is held by the Nets.

Both teams did not shoot the ball well throughout the game. The Timberwolves only made 35.7% of their shots last night, while the 76ers did not shoot the ball any better, only making 39% of their shots. Michael Carter-Williams came up big for the Sixers once again, flirting with a triple-double with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. He also had three steals to go along with that. Robert Covington also came up big for the Sixers, tallying 17 points (3-6 3pt FG) and four rebounds. K.J. McDaniels and Luc Mbah a Moute both had 12 points and nine rebounds, and McDaniels added four blocks to his stat sheet.

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Philadelphia 76ers Fall to 0-4 on Home Stand, Set New Franchise Worst Season Start

December 3rd, 2014 at 7:19 PM
By Nate Derosena

The Philadelphia 76ers are still trying to find a winning formula for their young team, as they are still winless on the current NBA season. Having already lost 17 games, the 76ers surpassed the team’s worse franchise start of 0-15 set back in the 1972-73 season, and are one loss away for tying the NBA record for worst start to a season at 0-18, currently held solely by the Brooklyn (at the time New Jersey) Nets. The team will play the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight, hoping to secure their first victory of the season.

It has mostly been inexperience that has kept this young 76ers squad from winning its first game of the season. There have been a few games where the team has brought it close in the final few minutes of the game, but were unable to close out. The Sixers still struggle offensively, despite an increase of production from guard Michael Carter-Williams who posted a triple double against the Dallas Mavericks this past Saturday evening (18 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds). The team still ranks last in points per game this season at 91.5 PPG. As if the offense was not struggling enough, the team is still without its leading scorer in Tony Wroten (17.9 PPG), who is still out with a sprained right knee. The team will also be without Alexey Shved tonight, who is out with a hip flexor.

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Philadelphia 76ers Struggles Continue, Two Losses from Matching Franchise Worst

November 24th, 2014 at 7:10 PM
By Nate Derosena

With the 2014-15 NBA season being almost a month old, the Philadelphia 76ers are still in search of their first win on the season. After going 0-3 on their Texas road trip, the 76ers came back home and took losses from their division rival Boston Celtics, as well as the Phoenix Suns. This past Saturday evening, the Sixers made a trip to New York City where the New York Knicks handed the team their 13th consecutive loss on the season, leaving them two losses away from matching their worst season start in franchise history of 0-15 set back in the 1972-73 season.

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Philadelphia 76ers Continue to Struggle, Face Spurs in Search of First Win

November 17th, 2014 at 7:24 PM
By Nate Derosena

The Philadelphia 76ers are 0-2 on their current road trip against the NBA’s “Texas Triangle," which consists of the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets, and the current NBA defending champion San Antonio Spurs. The team was unable to win in either Dallas or Houston, and tonight, they may be facing their toughest challenge on this three game road trip. The Sixers are still winless on the season and hope to pull an upset by defeating the Spurs on their home court and securing their first win on the season.

The first stop on the Philadelphia 76ers road trip was in Dallas to take on Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks. The game was a runaway from the get-go, despite the return of Nerlens Noel and 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. The Sixers played what may be their worst game of the season thus far. The team was only able to put up 29 points in the first half and shot 29.9% from the floor all game. The final score was 123-70, and the 53 point differential is the largest margin of victory in Dallas Mavericks' franchise history. In his season debut, sophomore Michael carter-Williams put up a team high 19 points (Tony Wroten was the only other player in double figures that game with 11 points), eight rebounds and five assists, but it proved not to be enough of a boost for this struggling 76ers team.

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