Not even Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates could be this unpredictable. The 76ers went in to Utah to play the Jazz (35-36) and on a high after beating up on the Kings to end their 15 game away losing streak. What they ran in to was a Utah team that was desperate to end their own 4 game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive. The Jazz jumped out to an early lead and it was over before it could even get good as they defeated the 76ers 107-91.
The 76ers had too many turnovers, thirteen, that led to too many points, twenty-four, for the Jazz. The Jazz also shot the ball very well from all over, 49% from the floor and 50% from the three point line. The 76ers, on the other hand, shot just over 38% from the floor and a horrible 28% from the three point line. You’re not going to win many games with poor shooting like that. It’s been a common theme for the 76ers this year.
Dorell Wright, off the bench, led the 76ers with 19 points and Arnett Moultrie had 14 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes on the floor. Spencer Hawes had 14 points and 8 rebounds as well, but that doesn’t make up for Lavoy Allen‘s having 6 points on 3 of 14 shooting in 27 minutes. There’s no reason for Allen to be on the floor for the amount of time he was when he’s playing that poorly. The same could be said last night for Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday who combined to shoot 4 of 14 and only scored 13 points total.
The Jazz had seven players in double figures being led by Randy Foye (17 points) and Gordon Hayward (15 points) who combined to go 6 of 9 from behind the three point line. The Jazz had something that the 76ers couldn’t keep up with and that was Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors, and Enes Kanter all playing down low, contributing 48 points between them and allowing the Jazz outside shooters to get open and hit the shots they needed to. The 76ers, with no real interior defense can’t stop that and can’t keep up with it when they can’t perform the same way on the offensive side of the ball.
This week, with all of its promise after the 76ers victory in Sacramento, seems to have already fallen off the tracks. The next game is Wednesday night, 7:00 pm in Philadelphia when the Milwaukee Bucks (34-35) come to town.Tags: 76ers, Arnett Moultrie, Dorell Wright, Evan Turner, Gordon Hayward, Jrue Holiday, Lavoy Allen, loss, NBA, Philadelphia, Spencer Hawes, Utah Jazz