By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high after beating the Charlotte Hornets in two straight games. They faced the Utah Jazz in the second half of a back-to-back, and they played like a team that played last night. The Jazz took full advantage of the Sixers tired legs and blew them off the floor 118-96.
It did not look good early on for the Sixers. They could not make a basket early in the game. Despite that they continued to fight and were able to take an early lead late in the first quarter. They were led by Joel Embiid (19-points) and Tobias Harris (17-points) who combined for 36-points. The Jazz did not have an answer for them early in the game. They both took full advantage of some lax defense by the Jazz defenders. They got whatever they wanted from the field.
Even though the Sixers got a good night from Embiid and Harris. They could not overcome the tired legs. The Jazz were able to win this game in the second quarter where they outscored Philly by 12-points. They had no answers for Utah in the second quarter. They got what they wanted from the field and were killing Philly with their effort on both sides of the court. Donovan Mitchell led them. He scored 22-points and he could not be stop. He killed Philly with his quickness and three-point shooting. He made five three-pointers. The Sixers just did not have it tonight and looked like a team that had to deal with a tough Charlotte Hornets team last night.
The Sixers will now prepare for a Saturday night match-up with the Golden State Warriors. They will need to improve their perimeter defense if they want to stifle Stephen Curry and the explosive Warriors offensive attack. Additionally, they will need another balanced scoring night if they want their 14th win of the season.