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Mar 04 2015

Sixers Fight Valiantly But Fall In Overtime

Philadelphia 76ers 118 Final
Recap | Box Score
123 Oklahoma City Thunder
Nerlens Noel, C 40 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 5 BLK | 5 TO | 8 PTS | +12 +/-

He struggled to finish all night, be he was a massive presence on defense. There aren’t many better ways to respond to not being named Eastern Conference rookie of the month than by recording five blocks and four steals. Noel has seemed to really respond well after MCW was traded.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 42 MIN | 10-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 31 PTS | +5 +/-

I wanted to give him the A+, but that dreadful shot at the end of overtime was just too much. Canaan caught fire early, and, though he cooled down a little near the game’s end, he carried the offense for long stretches. Plus, it’s pretty fun to have a point guard who can make shots!

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 8-19 FG | 9-9 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 29 PTS | +17 +/-

Raise your hand if you thought that Jason Richardson would have scored 29 points all this season, let alone in one game. Okay, put your hand down, you liar. Every time Richardson touches this ball, it’s just beautiful old man basketball. And good for him; he worked hard to be able to play again, and I’m glad that he’s playing well.

Thomas Robinson, PF 21 MIN | 0-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5 +/-

The shine came off the apple a little bit tonight. Forced everything, couldn’t make a shot, never looked to pass. Managed to still grab nine boards, but was an offensive black hole all night long.

Furkan Aldemir, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-

#FREEFURKAN

By the Numbers:

4: As in this was Russell Westbrook’s 4th consecutive triple-double. Dude scored 49 points, had 16 rebounds, and added in 10 assists. That’s just silly. Plus, he wore a mask!

Tweets of the Game:

This…

…and this may have happened. But…

…that didn’t keep this from going down.

Parting Shots:

Well, that was fun. The Sixers played a far superior Oklahoma City team tight on the road, and easily could have walked out of this one with a win. In a way, this was the ideal result for the Sixers: absolutely a blast, didn’t hurt the Sixers’ lottery odds, and pushed the Thunder’s draft pick just a little bit closer to conveying.

  • robbybonfire23

    Damn, on the video the OKC player takes FIVE steps and they don’t call anything. It’s a contagion out of control in this league. Right, three officials instead of two, big plus that is.

    • JulianW

      That is truly ridiculous. Though he did dribble once in the clip, he definitely takes more than two steps afterwards. I guess officials don’t want to call stuff in favor of our lowly team…

      • robbybonfire23

        I read and agree with the theory that the officials do this with abandon, primarily to give slack to the superstars in the league, so they can score closer to 35 points in a night, than 25 points. They have corrupted the “integrity” of the game and the officiating, on the altar of P.R. hype.

        The player in the above video looks like he is carrying a football like a running back.

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