As has been the case for most of this season, the Phoenix Suns were the cause of their own undoing. Every time the Suns would draw close in the game, a missed shot or turnover or foul or missed defensive assignment would allow the momentum to shift back in favor of the 76ers, allowing Philadelphia to earn its 7th victory of the season with this 113-103 win.
The Suns' ball movement was good in the first half, as 17 of their 18 field goals were assisted on, but Phoenix also committed 17 turnovers and 30 fouls to hurt their cause. The Suns trailed 54-45 at halftime and could never close the gap from there. Phoenix went down by 19 points in the 2nd half, but even when they managed to cut the deficit to seven, the Suns couldn't keep the momentum going.
The Suns were led by Archie Goodwin and Alex Len, with Goodwin recording his third straight 20-point game in place of Brandon Knight. Twenty of Goodwin's 26 points came in the 4th quarter. Len, meanwhile, was the majority of the offense in the 1st half, with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Sonny Weems, receiving extended minutes due to foul trouble for Goodwin, played well, scoring 12 points. P.J. Tucker had a career-high 8 assists.
Oddly, the Suns went away from their dual-center lineup, with Jeff Hornacek playing Markieff Morris 24 minutes versus 19 for Tyson Chandler. Morris had 8 points, but the defense suffered with the loss of a shot blocker on the floor.
For the Sixers, Ish Smith led his team with 20 points and 9 assists, and Robert Covington added 19 points.