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When you are a team on a 26-game losing streak, there are few bright spots during that span. In fact, for a team with a chronic propensity for losing there is no greater gift than that first victory and first step in the right direction.
The Philadelphia 76ers
beat the Detroit Pistons
in blowout fashion, 123-89 tonight. Michael Carter-Williams
was the lead architect in ending Philly’s unfortunate streak as he led the 76ers in scoring with 21 points. The victory was Philadelphia’s first in exactly two months and the team’s first home victory in 18 attempts — one away from an NBA
Behind Carter-Williams’ scoring and timely production from its bench, the Philly offense looked lethal. Every player in a 76ers uniform contributed to the team’s scoring effort and Elliot Williams led the bench scorers with 13 points.
Philadelphia shot 57 percent from beyond the arc and Hollis Thompson was a perfect 4-4 from three-point land.
Admittedly, if there was any game that was an aberration to the actual end score, it would be this one. Philly’s effectiveness had more to do with Detroit not showing up to play than the 76ers putting it all together. It wouldn’t be surprising if Philadelphia lost its remaining games on the schedule. This team is in tank mode for the rest of the year.
Carter-Williams is the team’s biggest reason to hope for light at the end of the tunnel (or going into next season). Thaddeus Young is also one of few Philly talents, but he will likely be expendable if the 76ers are looking for a change in philosophy. Building around Carter-Williams will result in more positives like tonight’s impressive win.