Facing the best team in the NBA for the first time this season, the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Indiana Pacers by a score of 106-98.
The Sixers had just nine players in uniform for tonight’s game as Thaddeus Young sat this one out for a personal matter, and Spencer Hawes and Tony Wroten missed the game with minor injuries.
Without Spencer Hawes manning the middle, Pacers’ seven footer Roy Hibbert took advantage of the Sixers depleted frontcourt scoring 27 points on 7-12 shooting and collecting a game high 13 rebounds. Leading MVP candidate Paul George had himself a nice game as well scoring 19 points for the 12-1 Pacers.
Michael Carter-Williams and Evan Turner tried their best to make up for the missing pieces of the offense.
Carter-Williams shook off the rust from the previous two games and had a career night for the Sixers. The rookie point guard scored a career high 29 points to go along with 3 assists, 6 rebounds, and 7 steals. MCW has been spectacular for the 76ers this season and continues to justify the Sixers decision to trade Jrue Holiday.
Going against one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA in Paul George, Evan Turner managed to score 21 points, but had to take 26 shots to reach that total. It was not a great shooting performance for the Ohio State product, who has been an efficient shooter thus far in the season. Turner also grabbed a team high 11 rebounds and blocked two shots.
The Sixers missed the presence and production of Hawes, Young, and Wroten in this game.
The twenty-five year old Hawes is in the midst of a breakout season and has been a focal point of Brett Brown’s offense. Spencer Hawes entered tonight’s game averaging a double-double scoring 16 points per game and collecting nearly 11 rebounds per game. He is also shooting over 50% from the field and 49% from behind the arc.
The offensive production was just not there tonight as the team struggled to score and shot a dismal 34% for the game including a 4-25 clip from behind the arc. Indiana’s defense proved to be too much for the Sixers’ shorthanded offense.
With tonight’s loss, the 76ers have fallen to 6-9 on the year and continued the trend of not playing well on the road. The team has managed just one road win on the year in six games away from the Wells Fargo Center. For a young team like the Sixers, the road struggles should not be a surprise as many young teams fail to perform well in opposing venues.
Up next for the Sixers, the team will travel to central Florida to take on the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Brett Brown will have the next few days to work on some of the offensive struggles that have plagued the team over the last few weeks.
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