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 foul shots.
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.
03/04 10:16:14 ET