Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers 12/15/14: Video Highlights and Recap

It was a battle of struggling Eastern Conference teams on Monday as the Boston Celtics met the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 76ers have cooled since snagging two wins in three games, losing their last three, while the Celtics have dropped their last three contests.

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers 12/5/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The newly healthy Oklahoma City Thunder looked to start getting their season back on track Friday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Thunder had struggled all season but looked to turn things around, with superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook finally healthy. They faced a Sixers team who had just won their first game of the year on Thursday night, after starting the season 0-17.

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Philadelphia 76ers management has tanked on the fans

Thank goodness that’s over. After defeating the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, last night, the Philadelphia 76ers are now riding their longest winning streak of the season. They’re playing the best basketball they’ve played in weeks. Things haven’t looked this great in Philly since Joel Embiid slipped to the third pick in the 2014 NBA draft. And, yeah, they’re 1-17. But, they avoided tying the mark for the worst start in NBA history, and they put to end the debate over whether or not the University of Kentucky basketball team could beat them.
Let’s be very clear here. No one should be happy about the 76ers winning one game. No Philly fan should be celebrating this team or this team’s management. General manager, Sam Hinkie, should be forcibly removed from basketball and never allowed into it again. The ownership team headed by Josh Harris should be forced to sell the team. What the 76ers management has put together as a “team” should be viewed as an embarrassment to the city of Philadelphia a

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Philadelphia 76ers Finally Pull A Win Defeating Minnesota Timberwolves 85-77

After losing 17 games the Philadelphia 76ers won their first game this season when they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 85-77 Wednesday night.
For the Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams led his team with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Robert Covington finished with 17 points off the bench. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and K. J. McDaniels both tied with 12 points and 9 rebounds.
For Minnesota Timberwolves all except Corey Brewer finished with double digits. but center Gorgui Dieng who was the star of the night finshed with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Mo Williams scored 14 and Andrew Wiggins scored 11.
The Philadelphia 76ers won their first game (1-17) in enough time before they tied the record for the worst start to a season in NBA history.
 
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Philadelphia 76ers Avoid Infamy for Now, and Other Wednesday NBA Takeaways

The Philadelphia 76ers may very well finish the season with the most losses in NBA history, but they avoided the record book on this night.

An 85-77 road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves guaranteed the Sixers would avoid a record-tying 0-18 start. Philly residents, consult local listings for parade routes and streamer purchases.

Make no mistake, this contest was a horror show from the start, with the opening seconds ranking among the most bizarre. Fourteen seconds after tipoff, the officials realized something strange, per Jon Krawczynski of The Associated Press:

Instead of just switching ends, both teams lined up to re-jump, effectively eliminating those 14 seconds from basketball existence. I’m guessing everyone but the Sixers—the fans who rained boos from the rafters, the Wolves themselves and anyone masochistic enough to watch from home—wish the other 47 minutes and 46 ticks could be wiped from memory as well.

Philadelphia built a 23-13 first-quarter lead, reaching new territory in the process, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Both teams coughed the rock up routinely, missed easy buckets and generally played some of the worst ball imaginable. The numbers at halftime were hard to believe.

Things picked up from there, with Philly’s Michael Carter-Williams leading the way with a near triple-double. He finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in 43 minutes, topping Philadelphia in all four categories.

Minnesota got 15 points and 16 rebounds from Gorgui Dieng, but only three other Timberwolves reached double figures on the night. Former 76ers forward Thaddeus Young led the team with 16 points.

The Wolves, as they’ve been for a while, were without three starters: Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin. But don’t expect the Sixers to acknowledge any asterisks attached to their first win of the season. For a team whose ownership is so clearly devoted to losing, it was clear that the players reveled in the victory.

Tony Wroten, who wasn’t healthy enough to play (knee), was psyched:

Joel Embiid celebrated the win on social media by doing the same thing he always does—hit on Rihanna:

Even past Sixers greats chimed in, happy for the oh-so-modest achievement:

In the end, neither team shot over 40 percent from the field, and the game featured 36 turnovers against 32 assists.

But the 76ers won, and it’s entirely possible they won’t do that again for another 18 games…or longer. Who knows, really?

For now, it’s probably best to just congratulate Philly on its narrow avoidance of ignominious history and wish it well as it plays out the remaining 64-game string.

 

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Buzzkill Extended

The Charlotte Hornets dropped their 10th straight game, falling 102-95 to a Chicago Bulls team one day removed from a double-overtime grinder against the Dallas Mavericks.

Though the streak of futility continued for the league’s most disappointing squad, there were a few highlights and bright spots worth noting. Lance Stephenson played what might have been his best game as a Hornet, tallying a season-high 20 points, along with eight rebounds and four assists. His early activity provided a boost—unfortunately one that wouldn’t linger into the game’s late stages.

Kemba Walker rudely crossed up Nikola Mirotic (who had 11 points and 12 rebounds off the bench), drawing gasps from the crowd and an understated giggle from Hornets owner and reasonably well-known former player Michael Jordan.

When Jordan next takes Walker aside, he’ll likely explain the crossover-enhancing merits of the push-off.

An encouraging sign for the Bulls: Derrick Rose held up, and their gaudy road record got even better, as pointed out by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Finally, there’s some good news for the reeling Hornets. The 4-15 New York Knicks are up next.

 

Mike Fratello’s Czar Status Is Safe

The Brooklyn Nets logged their first win against a team above .500 on Wednesday, knocking off the visiting San Antonio Spurs, 95-93. Brooklyn put forth the best collective effort of its season, capitalized on an uncharacteristically casual Spurs squad and were lucky to get a calamitous late foul from Danny Green that all but iced the game.

Green was not so lucky, as all you lip-readers out there will see in this clip of an apoplectic Gregg Popovich screaming about his late-game blunder. Earmuffs!

In other basketball-related business, Mirza Teletovic threw up 16 points and 15 boards (and a sweet poster jam), while Brook Lopez contributed 16 points and 15 boards. The thoroughly chastised Green led San Antonio with 20.

With that out of the way, we move on to more important matters: Mike Fratello let Nets play-by-play man Ian Eagle use his precious telestrator during the broadcast—with predictable results:

It’s safe to say the Czar’s position is safe.

 

Monta Ellis Have It All…Game-Winners Included

With his team playing without Dirk Nowitzki a day after a double-overtime win against the Chicago Bulls, Tyson Chandler boosted the Dallas Mavericks in their 107-105 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks with 18 points and 20 rebounds. And with victory in sight, Monta Ellis proved that having it all includes icy, back-breaking buzzer-beaters:

The play caught heat around the league for what was perhaps an extra step or two, but let’s not get caught up in petty details, or, you know, rules.

The Bucks didn’t get enough from Ellis when he was in Milwaukee. It’s safe to say they’ve had their fill now. Chandler Parsons thinks so:

 

Elfrid Payton Has Some Mechanical Issues

Someday, Elfrid Payton is going to be a darn good player in the NBA. He’s smart, defends and has the court sense of a 10-year veteran. But he can’t shoot—even when nobody’s guarding him. Coming into the Orlando Magic’s 114-86 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, he was shooting just 49 percent from the foul line.

That figure is headed south, folks:

That’s right; two consecutive air balls from a point guard. Not ideal.

 

The Lakers Hit a Wall

Kobe Bryant came out gunning, got no help from his teammates (Jeremy Lin was benched in the fourth quarter after missing all 10 of his shots to that point) and the Los Angeles Lakers completely ran out of steam against John Wall and the Washington Wizards, falling 111-95.

The closing sequence summed up the proceedings nicely. Down six with 1:23 remaining, Bryant, isolated (because obviously) on the wing, dribbled between his legs thrice and bricked a contested three. As all five Lakers stood around, the Wizards broke out, and Wall hit Marcin Gortat for a transition dunk.

Bryant turned the ball over on the next possession, leading to yet another breakaway jam—this time for Rasual Butler. A third Kobe giveaway resulted in—you guessed it—a third Wizards fast-break jam with 27 seconds left.

Wall’s four-point play (he was fouled by Bryant) and subsequent shimmy capped off a brilliant 17-point, 15-assist night. L.A. hit a wall in this one, and then Wall hit back.

 

Lowry Making His Case

If the Toronto Raptors—who are now 15-4 after dispatching the Utah Jazz 123-104—maintain their hold on the East and Kyle Lowry keeps getting loose like he did on Wednesday, we may have to start seriously considering him as an MVP candidate.

He dropped 39 points on 22 shots, pumping up his scoring average to 20.6 points per game to go along with 6.8 assists and 4.9 rebounds. With DeMar DeRozan sidelined because of a torn tendon in his groin, we should expect to see plenty more big nights from the King in the North. SB Nation’s Jason Patt noted Lowry’s per-game points average over three games “without DeRozan”: 

This is not a drill.

 

Rockets Cruise On

Dwight Howard, Patrick Beverley and Terrence Jones’ absences should have resulted in a Houston Rockets loss against the fearsome Memphis Grizzlies.

Not so.

Houston improved to 5-2 since Howard has been out with a strained right knee behind 21 points from James Harden and five other Rockets in double figures. The 105-96 road loss dropped the Grizzlies out of the West’s top spot and put the rest of the conference on notice: These Rockets are deeper than anyone thought, as highlighted in coach Kevin McHale’s comments, per the Rockets:

I guess the final takeaway is something we already suspected: Everybody in the West is dangerous—healthy or not.

 

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 12/3/14: Video Highlights, Recap

The Minnesota Timberwolves looked to put an end to their recent skid on Wednesday night when they faced the Philadelphia 76ers. The young T-Wolves had dropped two straight and five of their last six, and faced a reeling Sixers squad who had dropped all of their first 17 games. 

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Philadelphia 76ers 12/1/14: Video Highlights and Recap

Still looking for their first victory of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers looked to snap their 16-game losing streak against the San Antonio Spurs.

The defending champions entered Monday having won seven straight and nine of their past 10, making it a large mountain to climb if the Sixers were finally going to get into the win column.

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers 11/29/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The red-hot Dallas Mavericks looked to keep rolling along on Saturday when they took on the hapless Philadelphia 76ers. The Mavs had won two straight and faced a struggling Sixers squad that had lost its first 15 games of the year. 

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Philadelphia 76ers Lose 15th Game Against Brooklyn Nets

Thanksgiving Eve was a sad night for the Philadelphia 76ers who lost their 15th game since the beginning of the regular season.
They were defeated by the Brooklyn Nets 99-91 becoming the worse team in the Atlantic Division.
Forward Joe Johnson lead his team with 21 points for the Brooklyn Nets. Brook Lopez came in second with 19 points and Deron Williams finished with 17 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Kevin Garnett finished with points and 9 rebounds.
For the Philadelphia 76ers Toni Wroten finished with 18 points and 10 assists with K. J. McDaniels matching his score off the bench. Center Henry Sims finished with 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Friday night the Philadelphia 76ers will face the Dallas Mavericks. Will they be able to pull off a first win?
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Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers 11/26/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Brooklyn Nets looked to find their rhythm on Wednesday night when they took on the reeling Philadelphia 76ers. The Nets had dropped six of their last seven games and faced a Sixers squad that had dropped its first 14 games of the year. 

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