Winning has been scarce in this city at the start of each teams respected season. The Eagles are 4-5, the Flyers are 6-8-3, and now the Sixers are 0-11, compliments of Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks.
This was a tale of two halves for the Sixers. The Sixers came out very sluggish, committing 17 turnovers, the same amount of field goals they converted on in the first half. I don’t know what Brett Brown said to the squad in the locker room at halftime, but they sure looked like a different team when they came out for the second half.
Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor both had a strong presence tonight. The two young big men both chimed in a double-double for the night. The two combined for 31 points and 23 rebounds, shouldering the load for the young Sixers. Continuing to turn heads arounds the league, undrafted rookie T.J. McConnell had one of his best showings on the young season, playing his heart out on both ends of the floor and stuffing up the stat sheet.
Robert Covington returned to the lineup tonight, but was not too productive. Despite shooting only 2-8 from the floor, Covington had a big defensive hustle play in crunch time to prevent an easy lay-up on the other end of the floor. Jerami Grant and Hollis Thompson continued their solid play tonight, each recording double-figures in points tonight.
The Sixers kept it close as long as they could, but Dirk Nowitzki was too much for them when it counted, as Dallas ended up on top of the Sixers 92-86. Chandler Parsons also chimed in 20 points for Dallas.
The Sixers (0-11), host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.