Instant Replay: Suns 124, Sixers 113


Instant Replay: Suns 124, Sixers 113


The Sixers knew the Phoenix Suns rely heavily on their guard-oriented style and still couldn’t stop it.

The Sixers allowed guards Goran Dragic and Gerald Green to combine for 54 points in their 124-113 loss to the Suns at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night.

The loss was the Sixers’ third in a row and dropped their record to 14-31.

Turning point
The Sixers had taken better care of the basketball of late, averaging 13 turnovers over their last four games.

That went out the window against the Suns. The Sixers turned it over 21 times, which led to 33 points for Phoenix.

Follow the leader
Michael Carter-Williams finished with a team-high 22 points. Evan Turner had 21 points. He was 7 of 12 from the floor and 6 of 6 from the foul line.

Thaddeus Young also had 21 points to go with three rebounds and three steals.

Green led Phoenix in scoring with 30 points on 10 of 12 shooting. Dragic scored 24 points on 9 of 13 shooting and had seven assists.

Phoenix’s starting backcourt duo was a combined 19 for 25 from the floor (76 percent), including 7 for 9 from three-point range.

Center Miles Plumlee posted his 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The Sixers had 11 of their shots blocked in the first meeting between these two teams back on Dec. 28.

The Suns actually improved on that mark Monday night, swatting 12 Sixer shots in the game. It marked the 11th time this season the Sixers have had at least 11 shots blocked in a game.

The Suns entered Monday’s matchup averaging 4.8 blocks per game.

Take a bow
One day after scoring 27 points and grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds, Philadelphia native Markieff Morris made 5 of 7 attempts for 13 points. He also had four of those aforementioned blocks.

Morris’ twin brother, Marcus, finished with four points.

What’s next?
The Sixers play the Celtics on Wednesday in Boston, the first of four meetings between the division rivals.

The Celtics -- like the Sixers -- have struggled this season. They have a 15-31 record at this point and will face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday before taking on the Sixers.

Jeff Green leads Boston in scoring with 16 points per game.

Rajon Rondo has returned to the Celtics’ lineup after tearing his ACL last season. The All-Star point guard has played in five games so far, all Boston losses. He is averaging 6.6 points, 5.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 23.8 minutes a night.

Boston is under the direction of Brad Stevens, who is in his first year as an NBA head coach.

Report: Nerlens Noel expected out 3-5 weeks after left knee surgery

Report: Nerlens Noel expected out 3-5 weeks after left knee surgery

It appears the Sixers' frontcourt logjam may not be an issue early on.

Nerlens Noel, who is having surgery Monday for an inflamed plica in his left knee, will miss the first three to five weeks of the season, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Noel suffered a left groin injury in the first preseason game against the Celtics and missed the rest of the preseason. While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

It's been an odd start to the season for Noel. The big man was outspoken about his displeasure with the Sixers' frontcourt situation early in camp. With the deadline for Noel's rookie contract extension approaching on Oct. 31, the team has not had conversations about it, according to a report.

The Sixers are already without No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons as he recovers from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. The team will also be without their starting point guard Jerryd Bayless who is dealing with a ligament issue in his left wrist. Bayless won't require surgery and will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

MIAMI — A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

The singer was identified by the Heat as Denasia Lawrence. It was unclear if she remained in the arena after the performance, and messages left for her were not immediately returned.

Heat players and coaches stood side-by-side for the anthem, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. Many had their heads down as Lawrence sang, and the team released a statement saying it had no advance knowledge that she planned to kneel.

"We felt as a basketball team that we would do something united, so that was our focus," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue. We've had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action."

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand for its playing. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports -- and many levels, from youth all the way to professional -- have followed his lead in various ways.

"All I can say is what we've seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in New York earlier Friday, at a news conference following the league's board of governors meetings. "It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do."

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though was aware of Lawrence's actions.

"At the end of the day, to each his own," Ellington said. "If she feels like that's the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her."

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

"I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans," Tysse wrote on Facebook. "I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability."