In a plot twist few thought possible, the Sixers somehow became more depressing tonight.
Winless on the season and sporting by far the worst point differential in the league, Philadelphia avoided another blowout, yet that might have been better going full “Charlie Brown trying to kick the football,” as they did in losing 84-80 to the Boston Celtics.
The Sixers took the lead early in the second quarter, staying in front most of the night. Up by 11 midway through the fourth, it looked like the drought was over, but instead the Sixers offense went dry. A three minute scoreless stretch allowed Boston to trim the deficit to just two.
Jahlil Okafor’s three-point play with under three to go put Philly ahead 80-75, except those would be the final points on the night for the Sixers. Awful turnovers on back-to-back possessions gave Jae Crowder a chance to put Boston ahead, and he nailed it from the top of the key as the Celtic crowd was rocking.
With the ball going through the hands of Nerlens Noel as he drove underneath the hoop, a third straight turnover all but doomed Philly’s chances. Isaiah Thomas knocked down a couple free throws to put the game out of reach.
Though the Celtics were clearly happy to win, they were also feeling for their NBA brethren. Boston coach Brad Stevens had a word with ex-Celtic and current Sixer Phil Pressey, while former Sixer Evan Turner stuck around to share a moment with a few players on the court.
While everything is going according to plan for Sam Hinkie…
Hinkie to the team in the locker room: pic.twitter.com/GBhvN5GUn5
— Trenton Jocz (@TrentonJocz) November 26, 2015
…it’s hard not to feel for Brett Brown and his team. Philly next plays the reeling Rockets in Houston on Friday, as they attempt to avoid claiming sole possession of the longest losing streak in NBA history.