November 18 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The 76ers and Toronto Raptors began the night tied with the worst records in the Eastern Conference.
Then they spent the rest of night showing why – especially the Sixers.
Following a five-game road trip, the Sixers returned to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time since Nov. 5, but neither the weak opposition nor the home floor could provide the impetus for victory as they went down to their fifth consecutive loss, 94-86.
Certainly, the season is young, but Wednesday’s loss had to be the most depressing for the Sixers so far because it came against a team that may have as many shortcomings as they do.
Both teams played in fits and starts, and it became apparent early on the outcome would be decided in the final minutes. And when it came to gut-check time, the Sixers checked out, unable to get anything more than one free throw after Elton Brand’s layup off his own steal with 3 minutes, 36 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
“I thought we had some guys do some good things,” coach Doug Collins said. “You look at the numbers and we’re plus-18 points in the paint; plus-seven on second-chance points; plus-11 points on turnovers.”
But the Sixers were a big minus when it came time for a clutch basket.
“You’ve got to be able to close out games,” Collins said. “That’s the essence of the NBA.”
After Andrea Bargnani tied the score at 85 with two of his game-high 30 points, the Sixers had six possessions and nothing more than a free throw to show for them. There were three turnovers, including one each by their young guards, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner.”
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