Even with Spencer Hawes back on the court, the Sixers were unable to produce a win. The Indiana Pacers interrupted the Sixers three game winning streak with a 111-94 loss on Wednesday, March 14th. In a rare occurrence this season, the 76ers defense failed and was a major contributor to the loss.
Analysts would never expect a team that shot 52.6 percent from the floor to lose the game. Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday combined for 38 points with an 82 percent field goal percentage. This was the best the Turner and Jrue have performed this season. Furthermore, Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala contributed to the offense. With how well the Sixers shot, this alone should have won the game.
The Return of Spencer Hawes
Unfortunately Spencer Hawes needs to dust off his game. He struggled throughout the game scoring only six points in 19 minutes. Due to his injury, Hawes can only play a few minutes at a time on the court. This is an unfortunate reality that is going to take time to change. Meanwhile, backup centers like LaVoy Allen and Nikola Vucevic must pick up the slack.
The main reason the Sixers lost this game is because of the defense. Entering this game, the 76ers had the best scoring defense in the NBA. The Pacers posted 56.7 percent shooting from the field. Five players had 14 points alone with a 50 percent field goal percentage. Also, the Pacers scored at least 24 points per quarter which illustrates their consistency. Furthermore, no Sixer had more than five boards the entire game.