Struggling Sixers rocked again, this time by Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - New 76ers coach Brett Brown thought his team played out of character in Monday's lopsided preseason loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
If so, the Sixers were also out of character Thursday morning at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The Bobcats prevailed, 110-84, in a game that was basically decided after one quarter. The Sixers (2-3) have lost their last two preseason games by a combined 56 points. This time, they rested veterans Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young. And they were sorely missed.
Like the Nets did three days earlier, the Bobcats (3-2) basically did whatever they wanted. The Sixers surrendered 50 points in the paint and 22 second-chance points, falling behind early and never recovering.
The Sixers shot 37.3 percent from the field, were outrebounded by 45-39 and committed 23 turnovers. But those statistics were misleading. The Bobcats dominated the first half and eased up in the fourth quarter.
Before then, the Sixers were struggling all the way around.
Thursday's starting center, Lavoy Allen, and power forward Royce White combined for just two rebounds in the first half as the Bobcats built a commanding 58-28 cushion.
Allen struggled mightily. The third-year player out of Temple had zero points on 0-for-3 shooting to go with three rebounds before he fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
"I would assume based on what I saw today that he's still hurting," Brown said of Allen, who is recovering from a knee injury.
"We didn't execute early," said White, who finished with two points and four rebounds. "We didn't make any shots. We shot 27 percent from the field. Unless you make them shoot 26 percent, you are going to have trouble."
Bobcats reserve guard Ben Gordon led all scorers with 22 points.
Reserve guard Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 20 points. Vander Blue, another reserve guard, added 15. Guards Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson and Darius Morris scored 11 each.
Newcomer Daniel Orton finished with six points and three rebounds in 26 minutes. The reserve center signed with the Sixers on Tuesday.