NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, March 4th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (15-45) at Oklahoma City Thunder (45-15), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Two teams going in different directions and with
opposite records take the court at Chesapeake Energy Arena Tuesday night when
the Oklahoma City Thunder host the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Thunder have won two in a row in an effort to salvage this six-game
homestand, which ends Tuesday. OKC dropped the first three of this residency,
something the Thunder hadn't done in almost five years, but got the last two.
On Sunday, Kevin Durant had 28 points, six rebounds and five assists and the
Thunder defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 116-99. Durant was just 8-of-24 from
the field and missed all six of his 3-point attempts, but sunk all 12 of his
Russell Westbrook tallied 26 points and five assists, while Serge Ibaka
provided 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunder. Reggie Jackson added 17
off the bench.
"He really controlled everything we were doing out there. He's in a good place
right now," Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said of Westbrook.
Sunday's game marked the first without starting shooting guard Thabo
Sefalosha. He will miss 4-6 weeks with a calf strain, joining starting center
Kendrick Perkins in street clothes.
The Thunder signed Caron Butler, who was bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks. He
is expected to be in uniform Tuesday night.
The Sixers lost their 14th straight on Sunday night, a 92-81 setback in
Orlando to the Magic. It is their longest losing streak since a 15-game slide
from Feb.9-Mar.11, 1994.
Thaddeus Young paced Philly with 29 points while Michael Carter-Williams
tallied 17 points, 11 boards and six assists for the Sixers. Henry Sims and
Tony Wroten added 12 points apiece.
"I'm very pleased with their energy," said Philadelphia head coach Brett
Brown. "We poked ourselves in the eye with our turnovers. Some of it is just
frustration and forcing, some of it is the realities of the landscape where
we're all new."
The Sixers committed 19 turnovers and have now lost six straight by double
figures and six in a row on the road. Philly's last win was as a visitor on
Jan. 29 in Boston when Evan Turner hit a buzzer-beater for the victory. Turner
was traded to the Indiana Pacers on deadline day.
The Thunder have won nine in a row against the Sixers and have lost only once
since moving to Oklahoma City before the 2008-09 season.
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