Two minutes till midnight: Sixers fall to Jazz 97-76
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In a game that seems to follow the blueprint of the 2009-10 season the Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Utah Jazz 97-76 Saturday evening at Energy Solutions Arena.
Jazz guard Deron Williams dropped 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting to lead Utah to the easy victory.
Utah forward Carlos Boozer had the games only double-double ending with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
For the Sixers (7-22), Thaddeus Young had 20 points including three-of-five from the line and Andre Iguodala ended the game with 16 points on a dismal six-of-16 from the field.
Philly trailed 29-48 at half and could not get any productive runs created in the final two quarters. At one point the Sixers went 9:48 without scoring a basket.
It took the team until the 3:02 mark in the fourth to end the drought and if it was not for three Jrue Holiday free-throws at the three minute mark the Sixers may have finished in single digits for the fourth quarter.
The team shot a dismal 34 percent from the field and failed to convert on 20 turnovers by the Jazz (17-13).
The Sixers ran their offensive with extensive three-point shooting misses and utter confusion on the defensive side of the ball allowing the Jazz to go on various 10+ point runs.
The Sixers are now 7-22 this season and are 0-2 on their current six game road trip. Next up for Eddie Jordan's bunch is Portland on the 28th of December before they have a back-to-back against Sacramento on the 30th and the L.A. Clippers on the 31st to finish off 2009.
The Sixers were still without the services of guard Allen Iverson, whom is out with a knee issue but he did participate in warm-ups and could make a return next week.
Philadelphia is now third worst in the NBA only above New Jersey and Minnesota, both are being led by coaches with less then a year of experience at the helm of an NBA team.