November 11 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Sometimes, it feels as if the 76ers are poking holes in their own balloon.
They’ll claw their way back into a game they have no business winning, get themselves within one possession of victory, and then do something so silly that you can almost hear the air rushing out of them.
During Wednesday night’s 109-103 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the moment of puncture came with 2 minutes, 33 seconds remaining.
After trailing by as many as 14 points, the Sixers used a ragtag lineup to find themselves down only one basket, 99-96.
The Sixers needed one 24-second defensive stop.
After defending for almost all of those seconds, and after enduring an official time-out, the Sixers needed only to prevent Oklahoma City from scoring off an inbounds play with one second remaining on the shot clock.
From out of bounds, the Thunder’s Thabo Sefolosha lofted an alley-oop to Russell Westbrook, who laid it off the glass with probably a half-second to spare.
The Sixers would get no closer.
The loss dropped them to to 2-6. The Thunder improved to 4-3.
Oklahoma City’s all-world forward, Kevin Durant, scored 31 points and finished 16 for 16 from the free-throw line. Westbrook also scored 31, while adding 12 assists.”
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