March 2, 2014 | Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Posted: March 2, 2014
ORLANDO –– Over the last several weeks, the refrain of Sixers head coach Brett Brown has remained steady – his team needs to improve its transition defense if it wants to snap a losing skid that has now topped out at 14 games.
In the first half of Sunday’s game in Orlando, Brown's squad did just that, turning the ball over just six times and limiting the Magic to six fastbreak points on five attempts, taking a 46-43 advantage into intermission.
The Sixers remained on top for much of the third quarter, but turned the ball five times in the final four minutes of the frame, allowing Orlando to get out on the break and cut what was once a nine-point deficit to just three.
"I think we had, what, three or four turnovers in a row [at the end of the third quarter]? I thought that was a crucial point in the game," said veteran forward Thaddeus Young. "I just think it was one of those situations where, with those turnovers, they got some buckets and got to the free-throw line a little bit, and they were able to get the momentum swung around in their favor."
The trend continued early in the fourth, with the Magic going on a 9-2 run in the opening minutes of the final frame. They never looked back, holding the lead for the remainder of the contest.
"Our offense hurt us probably more than our defense," Brett Brown said, referring to his team's 19 turnovers, 13 of which came in the second half. "I thought, in general, we as a team forced too much. We had 19 turnovers, and 16 of those came from our point guards.
"I think some of that is a biproduct of [having a lot of new players] and feeling [limited] in terms of what you can do offensively."
Thaddeus Young led Philadelphia with 29 points on 13-of-25 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals. Michael Carter-Williams added 17 points (7/20 FG), 11 rebounds, and six assists, but turned the ball over a game-high eight times, and Henry Sims contributed an efficient 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting to go along with seven rebounds in 31 minutes in his third straight start at center.
The Sixers return to action Tuesday at 8pm as they take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City.