The Philadelphia 76ers could not overcome the tandem of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
The Philadelphia 76ers lost their 60th game of the season with a 111-97 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder who clinched a playoff berth with the victory. The Thunder extended their winning streak over the 76ers to 14 games which is the longest active streak of one team over another in the league.
The 76ers played well in the first half. They kept the game close while playing with poise and energy. They went into the locker room down by eight. The third quarter was once again the downfall for the 76ers as they were outscored 32-21 in the quarter. The Thunder ended the quarter up by 17 and the 76ers did not get any closer than 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 15 points (eight and seven respectively) and seven assists (two and five respectively) in the third quarter. Westbrook had 20 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists for his league-leading 13th triple-double while Durant had 26 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder.
A welcomed sight was Nik Stauskas shooting with accuracy from behind the arc. He had a career high 23 points including 5-7 from 3 point range. He was one of five 76ers that scored in double figures.
- The Thunder turned the ball over 20 times compared to the 76ers eight but outscored the 76ers in points off of turnovers 28 to eight.
- The Thunder shot 50.6% from the field compared to the 76ers 39.3%.
- The Thunder out-rebounded the 76ers 63-36
- The Thunder outscored the 76ers in points in the paint 58-36
- The 76ers starters shot a combined 20-59 from the field.
The 76ers welcome the hated Boston Celtics to the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. The Celtics come in with the 6th best record in the Eastern conference at 39-30. The 76ers will be looking to win their 10th game of the season which would keep them from tying a franchise low for wins set by the 1972-73 team.