The Sixers dropped their 21st game in a row tonight to the Indiana Pacers, 99-90. That’s a new franchise records for consecutive losses. The Sixers have given a new meaning to tanking this season. Let’s hit you with some of the main points from this game:
- The Sixers led 24-21 after the first quarter, but gave up 37 points to the Pacers in the second quarter.
- Philadelphia lost the second quarter by 11 points. They only lost the other three quarters by a combined four points.
- Lost in the mix, Hollis Thompson had 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, hitting all four shots from deep.
- Henry Sims finished one point away from a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.
- Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points, 13 boards and five assists but only made 7-of-20 from the field, missing all four attempts from deep and going 1-of-5 at the line. His shot looked bad in every aspect tonight.
- Darius Johnson-Odom was a DNP-CD.
- Free throws made the difference here. The Pacers made 31-of-36 from the line, while the Sixers only made 20 trips to the line and made a mere 11 of their attempts. Paul George was 15-of-16 from the line and Lance Stephenson was 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Player of the Game:
- Hollis Thompson. 17 points on seven shots and he was perfect (4-of-4) from deep. He’s looking more and more like a keeper. If he keeps playing like this, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be back next season. At 6-8 he’s versatile as a two guard and his ability to knock the long ball is something that every and any team will need.
Player That Was Tanking:
- Michael Carter-Williams. His basic stats look good: 15 points, 13 boards and five assists. However, he had six turnovers compared to his five assists. MCW only hit 7-of-20 shots, 1-of-5 from the line and 0-for-4 from deep. His turnovers and jump shot continue to be a problem. His floater also wasn’t falling tonight. It’s more rookie struggles than trying to tank, but he fits the description here.