It seemed like Philly was not prepared as if they didn't come to play. The let up easy basket after easy basket and could not defend the pick and roll while running a completely ineffective offense themselves. It might be best for Brett Brown to just burn this game tape and move on.
Philadelphia managed to outscore Dallas in the 3rd quarter, 24-22, but at that point it was much too little too late and Dallas was playing mostly reserves. The 76ers scored a whopping 4 points in the first 6 minutes of the final quarter and dug their hole deeper. Philadelphia finished the game with 29.9% shooting from the field and 52% from the foul line and only had 9 assists as a team.
Carter-Williams came off bench in his sophomore season debut but still logged 30 minutes. While he put up stats (19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) they were all meaningless and ineffective. MCW shot 6 of 19 from the floor, turned the ball over 6 times and had a plus/minus of -37 while on the floor. Noel could not put the ball in the basket, finishing with 5 points on 2 of 7 from the field and 1 of 6 from the foul line. The rookie collected 7 boards and swiped 3 steals but also turned the ball over 5 times. Wroten ended with 11 points, 2 assists and 5 turnovers of his own. No one from the Sixers impressed in the slightest.
Nowitzki scored 21 points and tallied 4 assists in 20 minutes. Monta Ellis added 17 points and 3 steals for Dallas. The Mavs shot 51% on the night and beat the Sixers in every important team-based statistic.
The Sixers continue their Texas road trip in Houston on Friday.
By: Matt Ryan