Call it a calamity of errors. Label it simple mistakes. Refer to it as multiple brain lapses in two minutes of game time.
No matter how you want to put it, it goes in the books as another loss for the Sixers.
Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Sixers down the stretch of a heartbreaking 101-100 loss to the Nuggets (see Instant Replay). The defeat was the Sixers’ 15th straight on the road as their record dropped to 26-42.
“We made five bad plays,” Sixers head coach Doug Collins said. “We had a shot-clock violation. We missed a layup and gave up a dunk. We gave up a three. We missed two free throws and fouled a three-point shooter and we lose by one.”
Jrue Holiday committed the shot-clock violation. Evan Turner missed the layup, which Anthony Randolph turned into the dunk.
Holiday made two free throws with 14 seconds left to give the Sixers a 100-95 lead and belief that they would still snap the Nuggets’ 13-game winning streak.
That was until Corey Brewer, who had made four shots from three-point range, added a fifth with 9.2 seconds remaining.
The Sixers were still up two with 7.1 seconds to play and Turner on the line for a pair of free throws to ice the game. He missed both shots to give the Nuggets a final chance.
Denver found Brewer out of a timeout for another three-point attempt. This time he was fouled on the shot by Damien Wilkins with 2.1 ticks remaining on the clock and buried all three free throws to give the Nuggets the win.
“I was just trying to challenge the shot aggressively and not give him a clean look, but I was a little too aggressive and I cost my team a win tonight,” said Wilkins, whose shot at the final buzzer was blocked.
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