76ers Fail to Close Out the Nuggets and Lose 101-100

Former 76er Point Guard Andre Miller drives past current 76er point guard Jrue Holiday in Denver's 101-100 victory over the 76ers.It happened quickly. In less than 10 seconds, actually. Corey Brewer scored 6 points in the final 10 seconds of the game and brought the Denver Nuggets (48-22) to a 101-100 victory of the 76ers (26-42). It all may seem like a blur to the players as it did to fans.  Brewer hit a three pointer to bring the Nuggets within two and then fouled Evan Turner with 7.1 seconds on the clock. Turner, who shoots 75% from the free throw line, proceeded to miss both shots. Brewer got the ball in his hand again and fired off a quick 3 pointer again, but he missed. The only problem was, Damien Wilkins apparently made contact on the shot, giving Brewer three foul shots which he stepped up an buried along with the 76ers’ dreams of ending their own 14 game losing streak. It was not to be.

The Nuggets have the worlds quietest 14 game winning streak going and this was a nail biter, right up until Wilkins had a shot blocked at the end of the game and Brewer was the hero for the home team. The 76ers, on the other hand, watched as they fumbled away another victory, which has become the norm for them this year.  We’re left to face the facts that the 76ers team is not that good and they don’t have the leadership that they need to get to the next level. Jason Richardson was to provide that this year, but since his injury there’s no one on this young team that can step up and show them how to be winners.

Coach Doug Collins was frustrated with the team after the loss saying, “We had a seven point lead and the ball. I can sit here and do my best TNT (sugar coating like an analyst) and the end result is we didn’t get it done.” Evan Turner was in disbelief saying, “It seems like a fluke to me”, after talking about effort and energy. What he failed to mention is the two clutch free throws, his only two of the game, that he missed to lock up the victory.

The team actually played very well. Jrue Holiday finished with 18 points and 15 assists and Spencer Hawes had 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists as he continues to play at another level he hasn’t shown this year.  Wilkins led the 76ers with 24 points, but his foul at the end cost them the game.

A positive not for the 76ers would be that Arnett Moultrie played 22 minutes and had 8 points and 8 rebounds. It’s good to see him getting in to game for more than 8 minutes as Collins has held him back all season.

The 76ers head over to Sacramento to take on the Kings (25-44) on Sunday at 9:00 pm EST in hopes of ending this road losing streak.

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Tim Sullivan

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