Instant Replay: Pacers 99, Sixers 90

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Instant Replay: Pacers 99, Sixers 90

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Sixers have officially reached a new low.

They fought on Monday night before suffering a 99-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers to set a new franchise record with 21 straight defeats. The previous mark of 20 straight losses was held by the 1972-73 club that finished with a 9-73 record.

The game was tied nine times and there were 10 lead changes, though none in the fourth quarter.

The Sixers’ record dropped to 15-52 with the loss, while the Pacers improved to 50-17.

Turning point
Down 88-85 with 2:39 remaining in the game, Michael Carter-Williams missed a three-pointer.

The Sixers got back on defense, but Carter-Williams left his man to help on a David West drive. West kicked the ball out to George Hill in the corner for an open three that splashed through the net to give the Pacers a six-point advantage.

Follow the leader
Paul George scored 24 points despite shooting just 4 for 14 from the field. George made up the difference by sinking 15 of 16 free throws.

Lance Stephenson led all scorers with 25 points.

Thaddeus Young had 23 points to lead the Sixers. Young made 4 of 8 shots from long range.

Carter-Williams scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He also had five assists.

Stat-egic
The foul line continues to haunt the Sixers. They were just 11 for 20 on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the Pacers lived at the line. They shot 31 of 38 from the charity stripe.

The Sixers were called for 33 personal fouls compared to 17 for the Pacers.

Take a bow
Hollis Thompson scored 17 points on 6 of 7 shooting, including a perfect 4 of 4 from three-point range. Thompson also added six rebounds.

Henry Sims showed toughness inside dealing with Roy Hibbert. He scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Injury update
James Anderson did not make the trip because of a quad contusion. Tony Wroten made his 14th start of the season in Anderson's place.

Andrew Bynum did not play Monday night because he had swelling in his right knee. He underwent an MRI and is listed as day to day. He has appeared in two games for the Pacers, totaling 23 points and 19 rebounds.

What’s next?
The Sixers return home on Wednesday for the first of two matchups against the Chicago Bulls this week.

The last time the Bulls came to the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers were able to pull off a 107-104 victory to start the season 3-0.

Sixers Injury Update: Simmons rolls ankle, taken for precautionary imaging

Sixers Injury Update: Simmons rolls ankle, taken for precautionary imaging

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle during scrimmage on the final day of training camp. He was taken for precautionary imaging. The results have not yet been completed.

Jerryd Bayless did not scrimmage because of a sore left wrist, which the team continues to monitor. He sat out of Thursday's scrimmage for the same reason.

Jahlil Okafor participated in Friday's scrimmage in accordance to his load management. The Sixers are being cautious with players as they return from injury. Okafor underwent right knee surgery last season. 

Sergio Rodriguez ready for 'opportunity' of 2nd NBA stint

Sergio Rodriguez ready for 'opportunity' of 2nd NBA stint

GALLOWAY, N.J. — It’s Round 2 for Sergio Rodriguez.

Ten years after beginning his first stint in the NBA, he is back as a veteran point guard on the Sixers. The green 20-year-old is now 30, with European and Olympic experience behind him. Rodriguez is looking to build upon his previous four NBA seasons, which culminated in 2010, in a leadership role in Philadelphia.

“It feels great,” Rodriguez said Thursday after the training camp morning session at Stockton University. “It’s a second opportunity for me.”

Rodriguez played three seasons for the Trail Blazers from 2009-10 and split his fourth year with the Kings and Knicks. He averaged a quiet 4.3 points, 2.9 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. Rodriguez returned to his native Spain and found a higher level of success, including winning the EuroLeague title with Real Madrid, being named EuroLeague MVP, and competing in the Olympics. Last season Rodriguez averaged 10.9 points (40.9 percent from three), 6.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 24 minutes for Real Madrid. 

Head coach Brett Brown considers Rodriguez one of the top point guards that had played in Europe. 

“He just has a real gift for understanding, especially offensive tempo,” Brown said. “I think that his ability to run a pick-and-roll and figure out how teams are playing it and where they’re rotating from about a pass sooner, one dribble sooner so he can pick off rotations. He’s very gifted in that environment. I think he’s got a bounce to his game and a pace to his game that he will be absorbed in how I want to play well.”

Both Brown and Rodriguez anticipate challenges on the defensive end as Rodriguez re-acclimates himself in the NBA. He will be tasked with guarding some of the league’s toughest point guards, and will also be involved in numerous pick-and-rolls each game. 

After years of playing in Spain, Rodriguez has to get to know a new group of players. He considers the responsibility of a point guard to be getting his entire team involved, particularly with all the youth on the SIxers.

“I will try to feel comfortable for my teammates. For a point guard, you need to have the confidence that everybody is happy playing with you,” Rodriguez said, also noting, “Always the point guard has to run the show. Especially for this team, we have so many young players that need to develop and need to know how to win.” 

So far that is working.

“Sergio’s great,” Nerlens Noel said. “He’s a real vocal leader, even with that little accent he’s got. He makes it work. I think as the season goes along, we’ll continue to get on the same page and really start to mesh a little better.” 

Rodriguez left the NBA as a young guard and is now ready to make a comeback with years of experience. 

"I’m very excited to have this upcoming season and to be successful for my team, my teammates, the organization," he said.