Sixers Go Shooting Down the Walls of Heartache in Golden State

Sixers Go Shooting Down the Walls of Heartache in Golden State

Hey, we beat the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday! None of our good
players played well and a couple of their good players played really
well, but sports are weird and things happen and every Dorell Wright
must have his day and we won the game somehow. Coming not all that long
after a big win against Atlanta (with a forgivable loss to the Nets in
between), this could resemble something like "forward momentum" for a
team that dropped five winnable games in a row fairly recently. We'll take it.

The
Sixers get to keep those feelings of goodness alive in Oakland tonight,
where they play a late game against the surging Warriors. The talent
level on the Warriors is far from overwhelming, but they've combined
good outside shooting (nearly a combined six threes a game from starting
backcourt Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson) with solid post play (David
Lee averaging about 20 and 11 on 54% shooting) and above-average team
defense (holding their opponents to under 100 points a game, something
once-unthinkable for the offense-first Warriors) to scrape their way to
an impressive 19-10 record, winning nine of their last twelve.

To
beat the Warriors, the Sixers will need to get a little more out of
their own starting backcourt, as Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday combined
for a miserable 14 points (13 of them Jrue's) to go with 11 (!!)
turnovers in the win against Memphis, in a combination of box score and
final score you are not likely to see happen again anytime soon. For
what it's worth, the Sixers handled the Warriors pretty easily in their
two meetups last year, winning both games by a combined 50 points, but
it probably ain't worth much, considering how different the personnel
are on both teams this time around, and considering that neither Evan or
Jrue played a large part in either Sixer victory last year.

10:30 tip from Oracle Arena. Always a fun one against the Warriors, anyway.

Flyers reveal 2017 Stadium Series jerseys

Flyers reveal 2017 Stadium Series jerseys

Back in black.

The Flyers on Saturday morning revealed their 2017 Stadium Series jerseys for their Feb. 25 outdoor game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field.

With their 50th anniversary sweaters resembling their current away jerseys with gold outlining throughout, the Flyers have gone back to black and orange for the outdoor game.

The jersey is almost all black, with an orange name plate and an orange elbow stripe. Orange is sprinkled throughout the jersey.

In addition to the outdoor game, the Flyers will also wear the jersey against the Penguins on March 15 at the Wells Fargo Center, a Wednesday Night Rivalry game.

Pittsburgh unveiled its Stadium Series jersey back on Nov. 25, an all gold uniform in celebration of its 50th season.

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

Best of NBA: Rockets overcome Russell Westbrook's 7th straight triple-double

OKLAHOMA CITY -- James Harden scored 21 points, and the Houston Rockets overcame Russell Westbrook's seventh consecutive triple-double to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-99 on Friday night.

Harden also had 12 assists and nine rebounds to help the Rockets win their fifth straight. Houston withstood Harden's 6-for-23 shooting effort.

Westbrook finished with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He has the longest triple-double streak since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989. The most in a row is nine by Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968.

It was Westbrook's 12th triple-double this season and the 49th of his career. He is the NBA's active leader in the category and ranks sixth all-time.

The Thunder had won the previous six games during Westbrook's triple-double binge (see full story).

James moves into 9th on scoring list as Cavs top Heat
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 27 points to move into ninth place on the NBA scoring list, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Miami Heat 114-84 on Friday night.

James passed Elvin Hayes on a driving layup with 6:58 remaining and has 27,315 career points. The four-time MVP was removed about a minute later and received a loud ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Kevin Love, a game-time decision because of back spasms, scored a team-high 28 points and had 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. He missed the morning shootaround but was in the lineup after warming up on the court about an hour before tip-off.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points for the Cavs, who have won three straight after losing three in a row.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points to lead the short-handed Heat, who have lost four straight (see full story). 

Schroder has career-high 33, Hawks rally past Bucks
MILWAUKEE -- Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from 20 down in the second half to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-110 on Friday night.

Paul Millsap had 23 points and 14 rebounds for Atlanta. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18.

The Hawks, who ended a seven-game losing streak Wednesday with a win over Miami, trailed by 20 at halftime. A 40-point third quarter put them back in the game.

Jabari Parker scored 27 for Milwaukee. Giannis Antetokounmpo, in foul trouble throughout the game, had 14.

Atlanta pulled ahead 105-103 on Kyle Korver's jumper with 3:15 remaining, giving the Hawks their first lead since early in the game (see full story).