By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were looking to rebound after a tough loss to the Clippers on Saturday. They could not get off the blocks as Denver nuked them by opening the flood gates from the three-point line. Philly fell 104-95.
The Sixers started out strong. They were able to connect on some lobs early in the first quarter. Unfortunately for them the Nuggets dropped the hammer on them. They were able to hit whatever they wanted from the field and Philly put up little resistance. They hit 53% of their field goals by half-time. Some careless ball handling and passes from Philly, sparked their offense as they were able to get some easy baskets. When they were not getting the easy baskets, they were able to make difficult shots too.
On what was wrong with the team, “Shit, the altitude. That was the first thing, I think guys were a little shook and tired to start,” said Ben Simmons.
The Sixers had no answer for the guard Jamal Murray (30-points) and forward Michael Porter Jr (27-points). They combined for 57 of Denver’s 103-points. They also hit 10 of their 12 three-pointers. Their effort effectively shut the door on Philly.
On the Nuggets offensive surge, “They just got everything, they were better prepared,” said Doc Rivers Head Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Philly was able to cut Denver’s lead to 10-points early in the fourth quarter. However, the Nuggets went on another late scoring run to push the lead to 17. They were powered by Murray again. Denver had the fresher legs and Philly just did not have it on either side of the ball today.
The Sixers will need to come ready to play on Thursday night as they must play the Cleveland Cavaliers. A team that has had their number throughout this season. Sixers must find a way to unlock another scorer. So that the bulk of the scoring does not have to fall on forward Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons. They are going to need a strong effort from somebody else if they want to beat the Cavaliers.