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         === Sixers hope to avoid further embarrassment, visit Utah ===
 (   -  The   Philadelphia  76ers   hope  to   avoid  further
 embarrassment  when they  wrap up  a  three-game western  road trip  Wednesday
 against the Utah Jazz.
 The  Sixers have been annihilated in each of their last two games, suffering a
 123-78  loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and 123-80 setback Monday against the
 Golden  State Warriors.  The Sixers shot 27 percent against the Clippers, then
 made 36.7 percent of their shots in Golden State.
 Rookie  Michael Carter-Williams  led Philadelphia  with 24  points on  Monday,
 while Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young both scored 12.
 "If  a team's  more  talented than  us  we  have to  work  harder, and  that's
 something we've failed to do the last two games," Carter-Williams said.
 Philadelphia  became the second team in NBA history to lose back-to-back games
 by 40-plus points. The 1993-94 Sixers also accomplished the feat. They lost to
 the  New York  Knicks 130-82 on Apr.  21, 1994 before dropping their next game
 against the Indiana Pacers 133-88 the following night.
 The  76ers,  losers of seven straight,  are 3-17 since a season-high four-game
 winning  streak and have lost four straight on the road. They have a 7-20 road
 ledger this season.
 Philly will start a five-game homestand after the All-Star break.
 Utah  has won two in a row against the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers after
 losing four straight.
 In  Tuesday's 96-79  road triumph over the Lakers, Alec Burks scored 24 points
 off  the bench  and Gordon Hayward totaled 15 points, eight rebounds and seven
 assists for the Jazz, who made 43.5 percent of their shots.
 "Everybody  was aggressive tonight. We picked up the pace and got some stops,"
 Burks said afterward.
 Derrick Favors recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
 The  Jazz  and Sixers split  two meetings a season  ago with each team holding
 serve  as  the  host.  Utah  has  won  nine  of  the  last  12  meetings  with
 Philadelphia,  which is  winless in eight straight  and 11 of 12 trips to Salt
 Lake City.
 02/12 10:12:16 ET