Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Grading Philadelphia's Performance

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Grading Philadelphia's Performance
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The Philadelphia 76ers showed they won't be pushovers in a rebuilding year, giving the Oklahoma City Thunder an admirable fight in a 103-99 loss at the Phones4u Arena in Manchester, England.  

Movement on both ends of the court was the dominating story for Philadelphia.

On offense, the 76ers are a totally different unit than last season. The slower, deliberate pace of Doug Collins' team is gone in exchange for a quicker, motion-based offense that looks to capitalize on all the young legs on the roster.

The most notable of their young players was current sixth man Tony Wroten. Wroten showed off devastating speed and an improved jump shot, pouring in 20 points in just 21 minutes to pace the Sixers. 

The problem for the Sixers is the hectic mentality they displayed on offense carried over to the defensive end, where they repeatedly over-pursued, leading to far too many open looks for Thunder players. Kevin Durant used the attention shaded his way as a weapon, showing off his improving playmaking skills with 12 assists.

Durant sat out the fourth quarter for the Thunder, but it hardly mattered as a mix of Oklahoma City starters and bench players held off the Sixers top unit to close out the win. Evan Turner missed three of four free throws in the final minute, a simply unacceptable display from one of the team's top players.

Luckily for Turner and the gang, it's just a preseason game, and there are plenty of positive takeaways to reflect on moving forward. 

 

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