Jan 092011
Sixers G Evan Turner

Sixers G Evan Turner

January 9 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“This game unraveled like a yo-yo, and no matter how frantically the 76ers pulled back, it wouldn’t return to them.

First, it was one missed free throw, then another, then a spinning three-pointer by the Detroit Pistons, and finally eight unanswered points to start overtime.

The 76ers are no strangers to these types of soul-sucking losses, but Saturday’s 112-109 overtime defeat to the Pistons seemed especially painful.

How exactly did it go down?

Of the 20,038 inside the Palace of Auburn Hills, only a few thousand remained in their seats. Most had already trudged toward the exits, resigned to another Pistons loss, while a couple of hundred folks watched from the concourse entrances as Sixers guard Lou Williams toed the free-throw line with 6.2 seconds remaining. His team leading, 99-96, Williams needed to make only 1 of 2 free throws to release everyone into the frigid Michigan night.

Williams missed the first, which probably set off alarm bells inside the heads of most Sixers fans. And then he missed the second, which, if history is any indication, made it nearly a given that Detroit would capitalize on its ensuing possession.

After a time-out, the Pistons inbounded and found Austin Daye, who spun over his right shoulder and nailed a 23-footer from the left corner.

The Sixers dropped to 15-22. The Pistons improved to 12-24.”

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