The Philadelphia 76ers were looking for their first victory against their Atlantic Division rival Boston Celtics this season. Their hard work all game long paid off, as the team came away with the big victory, by a score of 105-99.
A strong comeback from the Sixers late in the third quarter pushed the momentum to Philly early in the fourth quarter to allow the team to come away with a win against a team they lost eleven straight games to.
What seemed like the Celtics would just hold on long enough to do what they needed to do to win, the Sixers just played a stronger second half.
The Philadelphia 76ers (25-43) have faced a lot of tough tests in the past couple weeks, and despite losses here and there, the Sixers have done the best they could in these situations. On Sunday, the team faces one of the toughest tests in the Eastern Conference for the final time this season, the Boston Celtics (44-25), who have won three straight games without their star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who will miss his second straight contest with a knee injury.
It could be sooner rather than later for Sixers fans to see Tiago Splitter hit the court for the team. Splitter, who has not played since January 31 of the 2015-2016 season due to a calf injury, was traded to the Sixers from the Hawks for Ersan Ilyasova before the trade deadline.
It was said that the 32 year-old center could miss the rest of the season, and it was unlikely he would even see time in a Sixers uniform. Splitter is hopeful to get back on to the court soon, but would need a chance to work a 5-on-5 drill first.
The Philadelphia 76ers have made a decision regarding PF Shawn Long. Long was brought up from the Sixers' D-League affiliate Delaware 87ers on March 6 and signed to a 10-day contract. The same night, Long made his debut for the Sixers against the Milwaukee Bucks. He had 13 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
The loss of Joel Embiid to injury and Ersan Ilyasova via trade opened up the opportunities for some lesser-known big men to enter themselves into the fold. Long has found himself some good minutes off the bench for the Sixers in this recent stretch.
The Philadelphia 76ers (24-42) finish their west coast trip on Tuesday night in one of the most feared arenas in the NBA. The Sixers take on the Golden State Warriors (52-14) in the Oracle Arena.
The west coast trip for the Sixers has gone pretty well, at least game quality wise. The team went to overtime in losing fashion with the Portland Trail Blazers last Thursday, and lost a close one with the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Sunday was a success, however, with a big victory against the Los Angeles Lakers, that featured big nights from Dario Šarić and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot.
SARASOTA, FL — The Phillies headed to Sarasota to take on the Baltimore Orioles in Spring Training action on Monday. The Phillies, winners of two straight, had just came off of a walk-off victory over the Red Sox over the weekend.
With some players for both teams involved in the World Baseball Classic, both teams had to make do with what they had.
The Phillies got some scoring going early on to take a lead over the O's, but Baltimore had a strong middle of the game to break open the lead and come away with a victory over the Phillies.
The Phils got a runner on base in the ninth inning, but it was too little too late. The Phillies lose their first game in two games.
Besides getting roughed up in the fourth inning, Hellickson pitched a pretty decent game until that point. The surprising part of it all, was that the Phillies only used two other bullpen pitchers in the loss. All in all, it was a pretty good pitching day for the Phillies.
WP: Logan Verrett (1-0, 3.00 ERA) ❖ LP: Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 6.92 ERA) ❖ SV: Danny Yacabonis (1)
Day two of the weekend trip to the Staples Center ended in victory, as the Sixers defeated the Lakers, 118-116 to snap their four game losing skid.
The game was back and forth for the most part, as the Sixers led in various points of the game with the Lakers coming back to tie the ballgame up. The Lakers used a big end of the fourth quarter to give Philly a scare late in the game, but it was Dario Saric's career night that led the Sixers to a big win on the West Coast.
The Philadelphia 76ers (23-42) are in search of their first win in four games as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers (20-45). Luckily, the Sixers didn't have to move anywhere, as they played the Clippers at the Staples Center on Saturday night.
Since the 30-point loss to the Pistons back on March 4, the Sixers have done a good job at staying close in games and making the most out of the opportunities they are given.