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News » Spotty 76ers are trampled by the Jazz


Spotty 76ers are trampled by the Jazz


Spotty 76ers are trampled by the Jazz You had to think that no matter how large the Utah Jazz lead grew last night, it would shrink again.

It had to: Utah was without all-everything point guard Deron Williams, entered the Wachovia Center with a losing record, and started an all-rookie backcourt.

But it never shrank. It expanded. It went from a bucket or two - no big deal, plenty of time - to a dozen buckets.

Last night, the 76ers were badly beaten by Utah, 112-90.

The lead was 26 points during the fourth quarter; it dropped to 14 for one possession in the fourth before bruising forward Carlos Boozer, who finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, hit back-to-back buckets for Utah.

The Sixers slipped to 4-5; the Jazz improved to 4-5.

Williams, the Jazz' points and assists leader, was missing for personal reasons. Instead, Utah started a backcourt with rookies Eric Maynor and Wesley Matthews.

That duo combined for 29 points, outscoring the Sixers' backcourt of Lou Williams (10 points) and Andre Iguodala (11 points, 10 assists).

"When we looked at how Williams was out and they were starting Matthews and Maynor, we thought we could get into them a little bit," Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said. "But we didn't."

After the game, Utah coach Jerry Sloan unknowingly summarized the Sixers' defensive effort when he said, "We shot a lot of layups."

Maynor, who finished with a game-high 11 assists, had more to say: "We played from inside-out and we were knocking down shots, getting to the basket, and getting to the free-throw line. Once you do that and they can't stop you, you can get a quick lead."

Translation?

The Sixers' defense looked broken.

"Sometimes we worry about offense a little bit too much," said Iguodala, who added that it's "tough to win when you don't defend."

"We got blown out three times already this season," said power forward Elton Brand, who scored 11 points and did not play in the game's final 15 minutes. "The defense isn't there. Guys are walking into the lane, guys are getting wide-open jumpers, and guys are getting offensive rebounds."

The first quarter, while not a thing of beauty, ended with the Sixers ahead, 32-30. Jordan said he knew it was a hollow lead.

"I saw eventually the dike was going to break," Jordan said.

The Sixers' dream of victory disappeared midway through the second quarter with their second unit of Willie Green, Rodney Carney, Jason Kapono, Marreese Speights, and Jason Smith. With that lineup, a 43-42 deficit became 49-42.

Jordan said he wanted to see whether those players could "get a hold of the game for a little bit."

A few minutes - and a few reinserted starters later - the game was 60-46.

The announced crowd of 10,738 booed.

"You hope that you learn and you get tired of being pushed around," Jordan said. "If you really have a passion for the game and passion for winning and competing, then you won't get pushed around, you'll learn your lesson. I guess it's still early in the season, or I don't know. I'm from a different neighborhood; I just don't get pushed around. And if I did, I'm responding back. So, hopefully, our guys will respond to that sooner or later."

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.


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Added: November 14, 2009

 

 
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