Sixers are roadkill in Charlotte

Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo lowers the boom on the 76ers' Elliot Williams. With the defeat, the Sixers dropped to 1-8 in road games.
Bobcats center Bismack Biyombo lowers the boom on the 76ers' Elliot Williams. With the defeat, the Sixers dropped to 1-8 in road games. (CHUCK BURTON / Associated Press)
Posted: December 08, 2013

CHARLOTTE - The road woes continue for the 76ers.

On Friday, they fell to the Charlotte Bobcats, 105-88, at Time Warner Cable Arena in what was their eighth consecutive road loss.

As a result, the Sixers (7-13) dropped to 1-8 in road games. This setback also marked their 11th loss in 14 games - home or away.

"We lost a lot in general, right?" Evan Turner said. "Not just the road. I don't think the road or being at home is any different. We just have to keep coming out and playing hard.

"I think being at home and being on the road, we still have the same problems in regards to defense and keeping people out of the paint."

Perhaps.

But the Sixers do have a 6-5 record at home. And they have lost their eight straight road games by an average of 12.89 points. On most nights away from home, the Sixers have brief lapses in intensity or miscues that ultimately lead to defeats.

"If anyone figures out the psychology of what the difference is between playing on the road and home, they should probably share that strategy and make a lot of money," Spencer Hawes said, "because it is the same way in most sports. We've got to figure out a way to counteract that human nature when we are not at home."

This time, the Sixers were doomed by lack of defense in the first half.

The Bobcats (9-11) shot 54.3 percent (25-46) in the first two quarters en route to building an 11-point lead at intermission. The Sixers stepped up their defense and held the Bobcats to 37.7 percent in the second half.

However, they were unable to cut Charlotte's double-digit cushion.

"We have to find ways to individually and team-wise to improve defensively, or it's going to be a really long year," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.

The Bobcats did a really good job of attacking the Sixers close-outs and exposed their perimeter defense.

Charlotte had six players score in double figures.

Jeff Taylor, who started in place of Somerdale's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (broken hand), finished with 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting. The 6-foot-7 swingman averaged 7.9 points heading into the contest.

Episcopal Academy product Gerald Henderson added 18 points for the Bobcats. Kemba Walker finished with 17 points and 10 assists. Al Jefferson (14 points, 12 rebounds) and reserve Ramon Sessions (12 points) and Cody Zeller (10 points) were Charlotte's other scorers in double digits.

"They come in droves," Brown said. "They start subbing and they have good players coming off the bench [with] scoring mentality, talented wings."

Tony Wroten finished with a game-high 21 points, along with 9 assists and 8 rebounds for the Sixers while starting in place of Michael Carter-Williams at point guard. Carter-Williams missed the trip because of a sore right knee.

Turner added 16 points for the Sixers. Hollis Thompson had 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Hawes finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The teams played through two lead changes and six ties in the first quarter. When the quarter was over, the Bobcats had a 36-33 advantage.


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