The Sixers seemed to have control in Saturday night’s 103-92 loss to the Nuggets (see story), until their collapse late in the fourth quarter ultimately sealed the deal.
In a 67-second span, three three-pointers from Jordan Hamilton gave the Nuggets an 11-point lead with 3:22 to go. The Nuggets went on a 17-6 run to end the game.
“The 76ers did a lot of good things against the Nuggets,” Sixers analyst Jim Lynam said on Post Game Live on Comcast SportsNet. “Unfortunately, they came up short due to the fact that they hit a wall in the fourth quarter.”
Of 20 shots taken in the fourth quarter, the Sixers could only make seven. No matter how well a team plays, those numbers can really offset good play.
“When you only make one third of your shots, it can really distort a lot of the good things the Sixers did in this game,” Lynam said.
Michael Carter-Williams missed his second-straight game with soreness in his knee that has kept him hospitalized for the last three nights. Tony Wroten was admirable in his place, leading the team with 20 points.
“I thought Tony Wroten was terrific in replacing MCW at the starting point spot,” Lynam said, “but let’s be honest, the Sixers sorely missed Michael Carter-Williams.”
Saturday was the sixth game Carter-Williams missed, and the team is now 1-5 without him in the lineup. With averages of 17.7 points and 7.3 assists per game, his presence in the lineup is easy to miss.
“He has evolved into one of their top players,” Lynam said. “In a game like this, they needed him -- especially in crunch time."