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-Grizzlies 5 things: Walking wounded duel in Memphis

Sixers-Grizzlies 5 things: Walking wounded duel in Memphis

The Sixers (4-17) open a three-game road trip against the Memphis Grizzlies (14-8) at FedEx Forum on Tuesday night (8 p.m./TCN and CSNPhilly.com).

Let's take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Walking wounded
There will be enough players between both teams for the Sixers and Grizzlies to play on Tuesday ... barely.

The Sixers, losers of seven straight, have several key players sidelined for the opener of this road trip. The biggest absence will obviously be Joel Embiid, who will sit out for rest after struggling Monday in the first game of the back-to-back set.

Joining Embiid on the shelf for Tuesday's game will be Jahlil Okafor and Robert Covington while Jerryd Bayless is questionable to suit up. That's in addition to Ben Simmons and Nerlens Noel having yet to play this season.

The Sixers won't find much sympathy in Memphis as the Grizzlies' injury situation is actually worse.

After using an NBA record 28 different players last season because of injury, the Grizzlies have already received a hardship exemption from the league this year to sign guard Toney Douglas. That's because the Grizz are currently down five players, including star guard Mike Conley and swingman Chandler Parsons.

2. One big problem
One player who will be suiting up for the Grizzlies is Marc Gasol, which is certainly bad news for the Sixers.

Now in his ninth season, Gasol is playing some of his best basketball. Despite the center's rebounds dipping to 5.7 a game, he is putting up career highs in points (18.9) and assists (4.2).

The Sixers know all too well just how good Gasol has been this season. The two-time All-Star went off for 27 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks in the Grizzlies' double-overtime win over the Sixers on the night before Thanksgiving.

That was before the Sixers got hit even harder by the injury bug. There's no telling what Gasol will do against a team with one available center in Richaun Holmes.

3. Foul play
With so many players not able to take the floor, the Sixers -- Holmes in particular -- would be wise to stay out of foul trouble.

The Sixers average 22.0 fouls per game, the fifth-highest mark in the league.

On the flip side, the Sixers could benefit from attacking the Grizzlies. Memphis is obviously limited with players because of its own injury issues and actually averages 23.8 fouls per game, the second-highest rate in the NBA.

4. Injuries
Bayless (wrist) is questionable. Embiid (rest), Okafor (illness), Covington (knee/illness), Noel (knee) and Simmons (foot) are out for the Sixers.

Zach Randolph (personal) is a game-time decision. Conley (back), Parsons (knee), Vince Carter (hip), James Ennis (calf) and Brandan Wright (ankle) are out for the Grizzlies.

5. This and that
- The Sixers have lost eight straight to the Grizzlies.

- The Grizzlies are 10-0 in games decided by five points or less or have reached overtime.

- The Sixers are 1-6 in games Embiid has sat out this season.

Sixers name Elton Brand as Player Development Consultant

Sixers name Elton Brand as Player Development Consultant

Elton Brand is back with the Sixers, albeit not on the court.

The Sixers agreed with the former NBA forward to name Brand Player Development Consultant. In a press release, the team said Brand will be working with Sixers players in 'every facet of their on- and off-court development' while also working in the front office.

“We are extremely excited to bring Elton Brand back into the organization where he will be a valuable resource to our young and developing team," Bryan Colangelo said in the release. "Elton’s leadership and character displayed throughout his playing career as a player align perfectly with our vision, direction and culture of this basketball team, coaching staff and management group."

Brand retired during training camp after 17 NBA seasons, including five with the Sixers over two stints. The 6-foot-8 forward came out of retirement last season to provide a veteran presence for the Sixers and eventually played in 17 games when the team was snakebitten by injuries. 

He will now continue to be an influence on the Sixers' young core thanks to his new role with the basketball operations department.