For a team not headed to the postseason, these games truly represent the bottom point of an NBA campaign.
The Sixers were crushed 124-101 by the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo on Wednesday night. It was the Sixers’ second straight loss by 20-plus points.
The Sixers’ record stands at 31-47 and they have four games remaining in the season.
The Sixers found themselves down by 12 points with six minutes remaining in the second quarter. They proceeded to go on a 13-3 run to close within two points with just over two minutes before halftime.
However, closing out quarters has not been the Sixers’ forte all season and they ended up down eight at the break.
The Hawks came out of intermission on an 18-4 charge to put the game away for good.
Follow the leader
Josh Smith, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, might have been trying to impress Sixers majority owner Joshua Harris who sat courtside.
Smith scored 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Smith also pulled down 12 rebounds.
Five years ago, Smith visited Philadelphia as a restricted free agent. However, the Hawks locked him into a contract and the Sixers signed Elton Brand.
Thaddeus Young was 14 of 20 from the floor for 28 points. His 14 made field goals tied a career high. Young also grabbed eight rebounds.
Dorell Wright scored 15 points off the bench on 4-of-9 shooting.
The Sixers have the sixth-lowest free throw percentage in the league this season at 72.3 percent. The Sixers were 20 for 22 at the line against the Hawks (91 percent).
Take a bow
Nick Young’s future will again be up in the air after the Sixers’ season ends next Wednesday.
Nick Young has found himself back in the team’s rotation recently after taking DNP-CDs from March 21 to April 4.
Wednesday marked the fourth start game Nick Young appeared in and he made 6 of 8 field goal attempts, including three shots from long range for 19 points.
Swaggy P, always the crowd pleaser, made three free throws in the closing minute to get the home crowd free Big Mac’s from McDonald’s by surpassing the 100-point mark.
It was one of the few things Sixers fans had to cheer all night.
The Sixers play at Washington on Friday night.
The Wizards are 29-50 on the season, but have their record is 24-21 since John Wall returned to their lineup.
The Sixers and Wizards have split the two previous matchups this season with the home team winning each game.