Sixers take positives from long road

Posted: January 08, 2013

HERE'S SOME positive news concerning the 76ers: Since Dec. 18 they haven't lost a game that they've played at the Wells Fargo Center. Problem is, they've only played one game there since then with the other 10 coming on the road.

In those road games the Sixers posted just two wins. As any coach will do, Sixers mentor Doug Collins tried to find some positives in the recent tough stretch his team has endured, which included the last two losses to Oklahoma City and San Antonio by a combined 47 points.

"To me the trip started in Dallas on Dec. 18 and since then we've had one home game," said Collins. "If you go back in [practically] every game in the fourth quarter we were in every game. In Dallas and Houston we did not have Jrue [Holiday, sprained left foot] and we didn't have Evan [Turner] in Houston [for half the game] because of a sprained right ankle. In those games we were right there until the finish. We beat Memphis.

"Golden State, I think we played them better than anybody has played them in a while; we were within four late in that game. Went to Portland, back-to-back, and had a three to tie with 25 seconds to go. We beat the Lakers and then went to Phoenix and were down two late in that game. So the positives are that we put ourselves in a position to win a lot of those games and we just have not been able to quite finish them."

The only benefit of such a long road trip is that now the Sixers will be spending a lot of time in South Philadelphia as 13 of their next 15 games are at the Wells Fargo Center, starting Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets.

"Other than the last two, every game we played until the end and we won a couple of them," said center Spencer Hawes. "In the standings, I know we don't have the best record and we're not playing the best, but I think we have an opportunity to turn it around quickly and be right in the mix. It's still early in the season."

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The Sixers brought back rookie Arnett Moultrie from the NBA Development League after he posted 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in 26.3 minutes during his 11-game stint . . . The Sixers also waived Villanova and Roman Catholic product Maalik Wayns, who appeared in 20 games, averaging 2.5 points in 7.8 minutes.

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