Saturday, September 20, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

The Losing Streak Expands To Five

The 76ers lost for the fifth time in succession, dropping a 100-86 decision to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Losing Streak Expands To Five

The 76ers can't win when:

They allow at least 100 points. Thedy're 1-8 in that category, and have given up that many points in four of the last five games.

They let the opponents shoot at least 50 percent from the floor. The Hawks shot 51.4 to turn back the Sixers 100-86 tonight. The Sixers are 0-6 in that category.

They get badly beaten on the glass. The Hawks outrebounded them 42-32, including an 11-3 fourth quarter. This was the fourth time the Sixers have been outrebounded by at least 10; that happened just four times all of last season.

They attempt only 11 free throws.

That's too many negatives on top of playiong without Elton Brand (strained hamstring), Lou Williams (broken jaw bone) and Marreese Speights (sprained medial collateral ligament, left knee).

''We just left so many plays out there unfinished in the open floor and at the rim,'' Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said as the losing streak reached five games. They've also dropped nine of their last 11.

Jamal Crawford led the 12-4 Hawks with 24 points, while Mike Bibby added 21; the two guards combined to hit eight of 13 three-point attempts.

Thaddeus Young had 22 points for the Sixers, who leave Saturday on a four-game trip that begins Sunday night in San Antonio.

About this blog
Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

Bob Cooney
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected