By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the Boston Celtics. They were looking to dominate the New Orleans Pelicans. However, Philly was the one who was dominated. They couldn’t hit any shots and the Sixers had no answers for the young legs of New Orleans. That was a deadly combination as the Pelicans destroyed them 101-94.
It looked good early on for the Sixers they were able to impose their will early in the game. Center Joel Embiid was able to get what he wanted. He scored 12-points by half-time and got the Pelicans defenders in early foul trouble. Unfortunately for the Sixers other than Harris (21-points), Embiid (14-points), and Korkmaz (12-points) nobody else showed up for Philly.
The Pelicans took full advantage of Philly’s power outage. They were able to take advantage of the Sixers who looked like a team that played last night. Instead of a team that had two days off. Zion Williamson took full advantage of Philly’s defenders. He was able to outmuscle defenders who were on him. He attacked the paint viciously, and scored 37-points. When Philly manage to keep him out the paint he would thread the needle and find a wide-open teammate. The Sixers had no answer for him.
On the Sixers effort tonight, “I thought this was a mental weakness game tonight. We don’t have a lot of those but tonight, we were mentally weak,” said Sixers Head Coach Doc Rivers.
Late in the fourth quarter Philly was able to go on a late scoring run led by Harris. Who hit some clutch threes late in the game to cut it to seven points. Unfortunately the Sixers just didn’t get enough scoring from anybody else. Williamson was able to shut the door on them.
The Sixers wont have too long to think about this one as they head to Oklahoma City to face the Thunder tomorrow night. They will need to get a better scoring from somebody else. They will need to unlock another scorer if they want to hold the young and surging Thunder down and get back in the win column.