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Career Highs and Meat Pies: Five Observations from Sixers 107, Jazz 86

Kevin Kinkead - November 21, 2017

Everything felt a little flat last night.

The shots weren’t falling for either team. The crowd seemed a bit hungover from the Eagles win. The loudest arena pops were for Alshon Jeffery, LeGarrette Blount, and the t-shirt cannon.

And then the game started to open up in the third quarter. Ben Simmons hit 6 of 8 shots en route to a career-high 27 points, shrugging off a 2-8 first half mark. He went 4-6 in the fourth quarter to finish 13-24 overall, adding 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals in 34 minutes of play.

Despite the sluggish start, the Sixers slowly built a double-digit first half lead. Utah hit some shots in the second, but this game never felt like it was close. Brett Brown’s team wasn’t close to firing on all cylinders but comfortably dispatched a lesser squad to improve to 9-7 on the season. Continue Reading

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Load Managed: Four Observations from Sixers 104, Jazz 97

Kevin Kinkead - November 8, 2017

They didn’t even play that well and still beat the Jazz by seven points in Utah without Joel Embiid.

That’s five in a row for the Sixers, who improve to 6-4 this season with a 4-2 road record.

It was January 9, 2012, the last time Philly won five games in a row. Andre Iguodala put up 20, 9, and 5 in a 96-86 win against the Pacers. Lou Williams added 13 off the bench and Tyler Hansbrough was still in the league.

So it’s been awhile since we’ve seen this kind of success, and I’m not still not even convinced they’ve played their best basketball this year. Again we saw Brett Brown’s team come flying out of the gates only to slump through an ugly 14-point second quarter.

But again they shot above 44% from three-point range and ripped off timely steals, blocks, and defensive stops. Again they outworked another team in their home building. Again and again and again. They just find a way to get it done despite the circumstances. Continue Reading

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