After the first period the Sixers really did not play all that poorly. In the final three quarters Philadelphia outscored Memphis by 7. They shot better from 3 than the Grizzlies and also turned the ball over less. Here's a major problem: the Sixers only got to line a total of 8 times. Compare that to the 29 free throw attempts for the Grizzlies and it becomes obvious where the difference was. Memphis controlled the pace and controlled the game from the foul line.
This was going to be an uphill battle from the start because the Sixers were without their starting front court. Without Spencer Hawes and Elton Brand, Philadelphia was out rebounded 47-36. Second chance opportunities (or lack there of for the Sixers) killed the Sixers.
The Sixers were led by Jrue Holiday's 22 points (9-18 from the field) and Lavoy Allen's 14 points (7-12). Memphis had four players in double figures, led by Marc Gasol's double-double (15 points and 14 rebounds). The Sixers are now 20-13 on the year and are back in action tomorrow night at Houston. Tip-off is at 8:00 PM