For a team at the tail end of a grueling, West Coast road trip, the Philadelphia 76ers sprinted out of the blocks with a decent amount of energy in the first half of their game against the Phoenix Suns tonight. Unfortunately, they couldn't maintain their level of play over the final 24 minutes, losing to the Suns 112-96.
At the very least, the first two quarters of tonight's game were some of the most productive minutes that the 76ers have played all season. Brett Brown's group set a season-high for most first-half points (59), and it's not very often that you'll see the Sixers shoot 53 percent from the field while turning the ball over just seven times.
The wheels started to fall off a bit shortly after intermission: It took all of 77 seconds for the Sixers' two-point halftime lead to turn into a six-point deficit. The two teams played to a virtual stalemate for the rest of the third quarter, but a 11-2 Suns' run to start the final period gave them a 95-81 lead, and that was all she wrote.
Tony Wroten led all scorers with 28 points, several of which came on a season-high four three-pointers. Henry Sims chipped in a respectable 16 points off of the bench, while Michael Carter-Williams paced the Sixers' first unit with 17 (on 8-for-20 shooting).
The best part about tonight's game? JaKarr Sampson didn't play until garbage time.
Full recap to come. Until then, feel free to react below. Oh... and don't forget about your discount pizza tomorrow.
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