The Sixers did exactly what the Sixers do. Play up-tempo, attacking, offensive basketball, which translated into a lot of points. Unfortunately, the leaky defense was far too poor to overcome.
From the outset, the Sixers shot the ball well — knocking down 8-of-12 three-pointers, and missing just one free-throw in 26 attempts. However, Phoenix was clicking on all cylinders and continued to impress the league despite the loss of their franchise player, Eric Bledsoe.
Phoenix shot 53 percent from the field, including 45 percent from beyond-the-arc. In addition, they stuck to their recipe for success and finished with 24 fast-break points.
All major statistical categories are respectable, but timely shooting by the Suns never let the Sixers into the game.
Goran Dragic netted 24 points to go with seven assists, four rebounds, and third steals. His back-court partner, Gerald Green, scored 30 points of his own. Phoenix’s two starting guards shot a scorching hot 19-of-25 from the field, good for 76 percent.
Miles Plumlee continued to be a double-double machine for Jeff Hornacek‘s group. Plumlee finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.
For the Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams led the way with 22 points and 11 assists. Thaddeus Young chipped in 21 of his own but failed to be effective on the boards. In 37 minutes, Young managed to haul in just two rebounds and turned the ball over four times.
Despite 56 points in the paint, the Sixers had 12 of their shots swatted back in their direction.
All in all, the Sixers defense along with a high-powered Suns offense negated an impressive offensive night.