Instant Replay: Suns 115, Sixers 101

Instant Replay: Suns 115, Sixers 101

McKie: Sixers 'struggling guarding the three'

December 28, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Thaddeus Young (30 points, 10 rebounds) couldn't help the Sixers avoid their 13th straight loss on the road. (AP)


PHOENIX -- The Sixers were playing a game for the first time in a week. Would they be rusty? Would they be rejuvenated? And ultimately, would they snap their 12-game losing streak on the road?

Despite shooting under 40 percent from the floor they did not look rusty, but they also did not snap their road losing streak in a 115-101 loss to the Suns.

Evan Turner missed his first game of the season because of a sore right knee (see story). He is expected to return to the lineup when the Sixers take on the Lakers on Sunday night.

Turning point
Marcus Morris' three-pointer with under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter gave the Suns a nine-point lead. He hit another one at the five-minute mark to put the Suns up, 102-90. A third fourth-quarter three at the 3:34 mark put Phoenix up 14. 

The Philadelphia native had missed his first five three-point attempts, but he finished with 18 points on 7 for 15 shooting (3 for 9 from deep).

Follow the leader
Thaddeus Young led the Sixers in scoring with 30 points. He was 10 for 18 from the floor, including 4 for 7 from three. He also led the Sixers in rebounding with 10 for his fifth double-double this season.

Michael Carter-Williams added another 27 points.

Miles Plumlee had 22 points to go with 13 rebounds for his eighth double-double this season, and Goran Drajic poured in 21 points.

The Sixers and Suns are two of the top three fastbreak teams in the league. Phoenix is tops with 18.7 points per game on the break, and the Sixers are third with 17 points on average.

But the Suns jumped on the Sixers in this one, scoring 15 fastbreak points in the first quarter to none for the Sixers.

Ultimately, the Suns won the fastbreak battle, 31-14, overall.

Take a bow
The Sixers have been much maligned for their inability to defend the three-point shot. Through three quarters, they held the Suns to 6 for 22 from beyond the arc before Phoenix finished 9 for 33 (27.3 percent).

The Sixers were 11 for 29 (37.9 percent) from long distance, one made three shy of their season high.

What’s next
After a week off between games, the Sixers play four games in the next six days. The Lakers are on tap for Sunday night at the Staples Center. Los Angeles is four games under .500 and riding a four-game losing streak.

Pau Gasol leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 16.9 points and 9.4 boards per game. Former Sixer Nick Young is averaging 16 points.