It's been an all-too common theme for the Bynum-less Sixers this season. Just when it appears as if the team has rounded a corner and shored up its defense, it turns in a clunker.

The latest manifestation of this trend came in Tuesday night's 111-99 defeat to the last-place New Orleans Hornets, a team the Sixers held to just 62 points in a game earlier this season. In the latest loss, the Sixers allowed the Hornets to shoot 53 percent from the field and 55.6 percent (10 for 18) from three-point range to roll to a relatively easy victory (see Instant Replay).

Moreover, the Hornets dominated the boards, scored more in the paint and got to the free throw line more often.

But what's more troubling for the 16-23 Sixers is that head coach Doug Collins doesn't see any sign of things changing. One night the Sixers will be up just like they were in victories over the Celtics, Grizzlies, Lakers and Rockets and the next they will give up piles of points in losses to the last-place Suns or Hornets.

"It's disappointing to say the least," Collins said. "I was hoping to build on what we did against Houston, but we couldn't get any stops. They out-ran us, out-rebounded us, they beat us in the paint, they out-executed us, they beat us in every way they possibly could [and] that's disappointing."