NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 28th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (8-20) at Phoenix Suns (17-11), 9 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Phoenix Suns have played great ball of late, but
will try to get back on course Saturday night versus the road-weary
Philadelphia 76ers at US Airways Center.
The Suns had won three in a row and eight of their last nine until suffering a
115-86 setback at Golden State Friday night. Stephen Curry posted his second
triple-double of the season with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 16 assists to lead
Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe struggled mightily, posting just eight and seven
points, respectively, for the Suns, who got 11 points and 12 rebounds from
P.J. Tucker and shot just 36 percent for the game. The Suns made only 4-of-23
3-pointers. The Warriors turned 17 Phoenix miscues into 22 points and built a
59-40 lead after a 25-8 run.
"Game 28 is the first egg we've laid for the season. So you're going to have
those games every once in a while," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek told NBA.com. "I
think they came out ready to play. They really attacked us, and we were slow
to everything. Offensively we were slow to get in our spots to run off our
sets. They pushed us anywhere they wanted."
Phoenix will try to extend its home winning streak to three games and is 5-1
in its last six in the desert. The Suns are 10-4 as the host.
The Sixers have dropped 12 straight on the road and haven't tasted victory
outside of Philadelphia since their first away game, a 109-102 win in
Washington on Nov. 1.
Philly headed west for five games after losing its last time out, a 116-106
setback to the Milwaukee Bucks. That game was last Saturday, which will give
the Sixers their longest layoff in season, including the All-Star break, which
only lasts six days.
Thaddeus Young had 30 points and 10 rebounds and Spencer Hawes tallied 25
points and 11 boards for the Sixers, who have lost eight of their last nine
"Trying to find 48 minutes worth of defense has been a problem," Sixers head
coach Brett Brown said.
Michael Carter-Williams finished with 19 points and 12 assists and Evan Turner
was the only other 76er in double figures with 10 points on 2-for-15 shooting.
Turner is listed as probable Saturday with a sore right knee.
Philly will visit the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings and
Portland Trail Blazers before heading back to the City of Brotherly Love.
The Sixers have won four of their last five against the Suns, but are 5-21 in
their last 26 in Phoenix.
12/28 10:30:17 ET