The Sixers have been on the west coast since last Tuesday. They started the road trip off 3-0, with wins versus the Knicks, Warriors, and Lakers. After a loss to the Clippers, they headed to Denver to take on MVP candidate Nikola Jokic and the upgraded Denver Nuggets. Before the game, the Sixers held a half-game lead on the Brooklyn Nets for the top seed in the East,
Embarrassing. If there was one word to describe the Sixers in the first half it would be embarrassing. The first quarter set the stage as the Nuggets doubled up the Sixers 44-22. The Nuggets were able to get to whatever spot they wanted and took advantage of easy shot after easy shot. Doc Rivers went 11 deep trying to find a solution. To which he failed.
The second quarter was more of the same. The Sixers had no answer to the Nuggets offensive ball movement time and time again, a lot of times leading to wide-open threes or dunks. The Nuggets sold out on the Tobias pick and roll, essentially taking him out of the game, Ben stopped attacking early one, and at one point Matisse Thybulle was the only one who made a three for the 76ers. The Sixers found themselves down 23, 68-45 at the half.
The Sixers crawled their way back in the second half winning both the third and fourth quarter, although even when they got the lead to six it never really felt like a threat for them to take over and win. Granted it was their bench that made that run. Ultimately the Sixers had no answer for Jokic, Murray, and the Nuggets and they fell 104-95. The Sixers and Nets are now tied for the best record in the East, but technically the Sixers hold the one seed because of their division record.
Their next game is Thursday at Cleveland at 7 pm.