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Player of the Game Basketball - 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers with POTG Basketball

Jeff Nicholson - Feb 23, 2017 - 02:37 PM
Post subject: 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers with POTG Basketball
1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers replay with POTG Basketball

The '72-73 Philadelphia 76ers were historically bad, finishing the season with a 9-73 record and a .110 winning percentage. They held the distinction of having the NBA's worst record until the Charlotte Bobcats ended the shortened 2011-12 season with a 7-59 record and .106 winning percentage. As the Bobcats would have had more opportunities for wins if the season had been a full 82 games, and the 60's - 70's were in my opinion the best decades for pro basketball, I'll always consider the Sixers of 1972-73 as holders of the NBA's worst record, until some team proves otherwise over a full season.

It's difficult to find positive things to say about a team that only wins 9 out of 82 games, but here's a few things to consider about these Sixers which show that they might not have been quite as bad as their 9-73 record would indicate:

-Their expected W-L according to Basketball Reference was 15-67.
-They lost their first 4 games by a combined total of 22 points.
-During the season they lost 2 games by 1 point, 2 by 3 points, 6 by 4 points, and 6 by 5 points.

With a few breaks they might have achieved those 15 wins that Basketball Reference says they should have had, putting them into the horribly bad category, as opposed to the historically bad.

Actual lineups will be used, up to 10 players, based on the boxscores at Basketball Reference.

Here we go......


Game 1

Philadelphia 76ers @ Chicago Bulls
Chicago Stadium
October 10, 1972

A surprise right off the bat as the 76ers come into the Windy City and defeat the hometown Bulls by a score of 100-98 in the season opening game for both teams. Philadelphia overcame a 20 point disadvantage due to adjustments, down from 24, in defeating the Bulls. The Sixers had 4 players crack double digits, with 2 others just missing. Bill Bridges led the winners with 23, followed by Fred Carter with 18. The Bulls had 5 players score 10 or more, topped by Bob "Butterbean" Love with 24. "Chet the Jet" added 18, while "Stormin' Norman" tossed in 14.





actual result:
Philadelphia - 89
Chicago - 95

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-1)
replay (1-0)
Jeff Nicholson - Feb 25, 2017 - 12:45 PM
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Game 2

Seattle SuperSonics @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
October 11, 1972

A day after winning their season opening game on the road the Sixers fall in their home opener to the Seattle SuperSonics, 117-102. Seattle had 6 players net double digits in scoring, led by Spencer Haywood with 27, and an unexpected 20 points from Bud Stallworth. The Sixers had 4 players in double figures, headed by Fred Carter and John Block who scored 21 each, but they couldn't keep pace with the visiting SuperSonics.

A note about Spencer Haywood, who is a significant figure in NBA history. After his initial pro season in 1969-70 with the Denver Rockets of the ABA, Haywood was signed by the Seattle SuperSonics even though he had not been out of high school the requisite four years, the NBA rule at the time. Haywood challenged the NBA by filing a lawsuit, which eventually made it's way to the U.S. Supreme Court where it was decided in Haywood's favor, forever changing the NBA.





actual result:
Seattle - 105
Philadelphia - 100

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-2)
replay (1-1)
Chub9 - Feb 25, 2017 - 09:46 PM
Post subject: 1972-73 76ers with POTG basketball
Nice replay Jeff. Looking forward to see how the sixers do in your replay along with some player stats. Will be following along.


Walter
Chub9 - Feb 25, 2017 - 09:46 PM
Post subject: 1972-73 76ers with POTG basketball
Nice replay Jeff. Looking forward to see how the sixers do in your replay along with some player stats. Will be following along.


Walter
Jeff Nicholson - Feb 26, 2017 - 11:07 AM
Post subject: RE: 1972-73 76ers with POTG basketball
Chub9 wrote:
Nice replay Jeff. Looking forward to see how the sixers do in your replay along with some player stats. Will be following along.


Walter

Thanks Walter. I plan to do the Sixers stats every 5-10 games or so.
Jeff Nicholson - Feb 27, 2017 - 01:15 PM
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Game 3

Buffalo Braves @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
October 13, 1972

The Buffalo Braves, who tied for the second worst record in the 1972-73 NBA season at 21-61, came into the City of Brotherly Love and whipped the hometown team up one side of the court and down the other, defeating the Sixers by a score of 143-114. Buffalo had 6 players tally double digits, including 2 in the 20s and 1 in the 30s. Bob Kauffman led the Braves with 33, almost double his actual season average. '72-73 Rookie of the Year Bob McAdoo added 26, with Elmore Smith notching 22. The Sixers had 4 players in double figures, all with 20+. John Block had 25, Manny Leaks 22, Bill Bridges and Fred Carter 21 each, but the team effort fell far short.

One thing is certain, when a team like the Buffalo Braves can come into your building and leave with a 29 point victory, you know that it's going to be a long, long season.





actual result:
Buffalo - 104
Philadelphia - 101

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-3)
replay (1-2)
Jeff Nicholson - Mar 02, 2017 - 01:09 PM
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Game 4

Philadelphia 76ers @ Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
October 17, 1972

The first game against the Braves was bad, the rematch in Buffalo was worse. Four days after receiving a 29 point whipping by the Braves in Philadelphia, the Sixers travel to Buffalo and receive an even harsher whipping, this one by 39 points, 122-83. The good, if there is such a thing in a 39 point loss, the Sixers defense gave up 21 fewer points than they did in the game at home. The bad, the Sixers anemic offense scored 31 points less.

Buffalo had 8 players hit double digits for the game, led by Randy Smith with 25 and Dick Garrett with 18. Somehow the Sixers defense managed to keep Howard Komives out of the double digit column, and Bill Hewitt out of any scoring column. Philadelphia had 4 players score at least 10, but nobody could crack 20. Fred Carter had 19, John Block 14, Bill Bridges 11, and Manny Leaks 10.

Things have gotten progessively worse for the Sixers since that season opening win in Chicago, with losses by 15, 29, and 39 points.





actual result:
Philadelphia - 114
Buffalo - 122

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-4)
replay (1-3)
Jeff Nicholson - Mar 07, 2017 - 01:11 PM
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Game 5

Philadelphia 76ers @ New York Knicks
Madison Square Garden
October 21, 1972

If Philadelphia fans thought things couldn't get any worse for their pro cagers, they were wrong. The Sixers travelled to the Big Apple and were dealt a merciless 54 point hammering at the hands of the hometown Knickerbockers, 138-84. Philadelphia had no answer for New York's offense as the Knicks had 6 players break double figures. "Dollar Bill" led the home team as he totaled 30, with "Clyde" Frazier adding 20. The Philadelphia offense was anemic once again, as they failed to crack 85 points for the second game in a row. Fred Carter topped the Sixers in scoring with 24, followed by Freddie Boyd with 19.

After the carnage was over, several sportswriters claimed that during a timeout near the end of the game they saw two Philadelphia players restraining Sixers head coach Roy Rubin as he attempted to throw a towel onto the court.





actual result:
Philadelphia - 88
New York - 111

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-5)
replay (1-4)
BillS - Mar 07, 2017 - 02:04 PM
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There's no doubt about it - that Philadelphia defense certainly has Manny Leaks!!

Sorry - I can't resist a bad joke. I'm picturing my daughters rolling their eyes now.....
Jeff Nicholson - Mar 08, 2017 - 10:31 AM
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BillS wrote:
There's no doubt about it - that Philadelphia defense certainly has Manny Leaks!!

Sorry - I can't resist a bad joke. I'm picturing my daughters rolling their eyes now.....

That's a great one, I wish I had thought of it ! Very Happy Very Happy
Jeff Nicholson - Mar 10, 2017 - 04:25 PM
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Philadelphia record:

actual (0-5)
replay (1-4)



Chub9 - Mar 11, 2017 - 10:33 AM
Post subject: 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers with POTG
Great replay Jeff. The stats are pretty much right on.


Walter
Jeff Nicholson - Mar 12, 2017 - 03:42 PM
Post subject: RE: 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers with POTG
Thanks Walter. The Sixers have taken some severe beatings in their last few games. I've played enough POTG Basketball to know that as the season progresses the stats will get even better.
Jeff Nicholson - Mar 14, 2017 - 01:03 PM
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Game 6

Philadelphia 76ers @ Boston Celtics
Boston Garden
October 23, 1972

It's a rough spot in the season when a 33 point loss isn't as bad as your previous game. After losing by 54 in the Big Apple the Sixers go to Beantown where the Celtics hand them another crushing defeat, 127-94. Philadelphia can take heart from the fact that they broke 85 points, something they couldn't do in their two previous games. Boston had a balanced scoring attack with 7 players in double figures, but none of the 7 made it to 20. Dave Cowens and Paul Silas led the winners with 19 each. The Sixers had 5 players in double digits, led by Fred Carter with 25, while a 6th just missed the mark. Philadelphia had 4 players combine for a total of 0 points.





actual result:
Philadelphia - 85
Boston - 105

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-6)
replay (1-5)
Jeff Nicholson - Mar 27, 2017 - 12:12 PM
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Game 7

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
October 25, 1972

After a disastrous road trip the Sixers return home to The Spectrum but the end result is the same, a blowout loss. Philadelphia fails to reach 85 for the third time in four games, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers by 28 points, 109-81.

Cleveland had 5 players put double figures in the scoring column, led by Austin Carr and Rick Roberson who tallied 21 each. Lenny Wilkens added 17 for the Cavaliers. Philadelphia had 4 players in double digits, topped by Freddie Boyd with 20. John Block netted 17, with Bill Bridges and Fred Carter each scoring 16. Once again the Sixers didn't get much of a team effort as 5 Philadelphia players totaled just 4 points.





actual result:
Cleveland - 113
Philadelphia - 108

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-7)
replay (1-6)
Chub9 - Mar 29, 2017 - 09:11 PM
Post subject: 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers with POTG Basketball
Very cool Jeff,

Loving this replay. You wouldn't think any team was this bad but the sixers were.


Walter
Jeff Nicholson - Mar 30, 2017 - 12:04 PM
Post subject: RE: 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers with POTG Basketball
Thanks Walter. I'm having a lot of fun with the replays and the write-ups. The mid 60s through the mid 70s were, for me, the best era of pro basketball.
Jeff Nicholson - Mar 31, 2017 - 12:05 PM
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Game 8

Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
October 28, 1972

Are these the same Sixers ? After getting blown out in their previous 5 games by 29, 39, 54, 33, and 28 points, the Sixers lose a close one at The Spectrum to the Milwaukee Bucks (60-22 in real life) by 5 points, 114-109. This game had all the makings of another blow out as Philadelphia was at a 24 point disadvantage during the game, down from the original 26. Additionally, the Bucks had 1 more Scoring Roll than did the Sixers.

Milwaukee had 7 players score in double digits, although 3 of those just barely made the mark. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 26 points to lead the Bucks, with "The Big O" adding 19. Philadelphia had 4 players notch double figures, but it was essentially a 3 man show as Fred Carter hit for 34, John Block for 25, and Bill Bridges for 20.





actual result:
Milwaukee - 96
Philadelphia - 92

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-8)
replay (1-7)
BillS - Mar 31, 2017 - 02:16 PM
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Wow! Considering the difference in the teams, and how the teams are rated in this game, it is incredible how close to real life the score actually was. My experience with UltraQuick Basketball is that the truly bad teams actually perform worse and the good teams perform slightly better than real life. It would not shock me if that one win your Sixers got is their last!
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 01, 2017 - 02:05 PM
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BillS wrote:
Wow! Considering the difference in the teams, and how the teams are rated in this game, it is incredible how close to real life the score actually was. My experience with UltraQuick Basketball is that the truly bad teams actually perform worse and the good teams perform slightly better than real life. It would not shock me if that one win your Sixers got is their last!
Thanks for the note. Your message references UQ Basketball, not sure if you meant to say POTG or not.

For me, the game design and updates that have brought POTG Basketball to it's current state are outstanding. It's the function of that design, and of those updates, that makes it easy to see why a poor team defeated a good team, a poor team got blown out by a good team, and a poor team narrowly lost to a good team. It's also easy to see before a game just how hard it's going to be for that poor team to try and snatch a victory from that good team. Add in the fact that there's individual scoring and I think Downey Games has a definite winner.

If you roll a 0-9 die 1,000 times the average roll will be 4.5, or so close to 4.5 that the difference is statistically insignificant. Likewise with a 1-10 die, where the average roll is 5.5. But, over a much shorter span of rolls the average can vary a great deal. It's that variance, along with the point adjustments, both those applied and those lost, for DEF and HCA (also SOS and Conference Normalization in the College version), and the number of Scoring Rolls for each team, that determines which team wins the game and how close, or not, the final score is.

Three games that the Sixers have played so far against good teams are examples of this. In the first game of the season the Sixers (9-73) defeated the Bulls (51-31) by 2 points, 100-98. The Sixers were at a 20 point disadvantage for the game, down from the original 24. A very steep hill to climb. Both teams had the same number of 0-9 and 1-10 Scoring Rolls. The Sixers averaged 5.0 on 0-9 rolls, the Bulls averaged 3.6, a huge difference. The Bulls came out better on the 1-10 rolls, averaging 5.5 to the Sixers 4.5. There are a lot more 0-9 rolls so the Sixers prevailed.

In the fifth game the Knicks (57-25) blew the Sixers out by 54 points, 138-84. Both teams had the same number of 0-9 and 1-10 Scoring Rolls. The Sixers were at a 28 point disadvantage during the game which was the original number. Forget the hill, a 28 point disadvantage is a steep mountain to climb. The dice must have had some money on New York because even with that big point advantage at the start of the game, most of the rolls favored the Knicks. New York averaged 5.8 on the 0-9 rolls, compared to Philadelphia's 3.8, a massive difference. The Sixers averaged 7.3 on the 1-10 rolls, with the Knicks averaging 4.8, keeping the blowout from being worse.

The eighth game saw the Bucks (60-22) defeat the Sixers by 5 points, 114-109. Philadelphia was at a 24 point disadvantage during the game, down from the original 26. Additionally, while both teams had the same number of 1-10 Scoring Rolls, the Bucks had 1 more 0-9 Scoring Rolls than did the Sixers, effectively putting Philadelphia at a 28.5 point disadvantage. This disadvantage was just about the same as in the game against the Knicks, but the outcome, while still a loss, was vastly different. Philadelphia averaged 5.1 on 0-9 rolls, Milwaukee averaged 4.3. On the 1-10 rolls the Sixers averaged 6.8, the Bucks averaged 4.8. The averages of both the 0-9 and 1-10 Scoring Rolls favored the Sixers, just not enough for them to overcome their huge disadvantage.

As I pointed out in my first post in this thread, I don't think the Sixers were quite as bad as 9 wins would indicate. They were terrible for sure, but maybe not quite as terrible as their record. At the end of the replay I expect that they will be somewhere around that 15 win mark that the Expected W-L formula at Basketball Reference gives them.
BillS - Apr 03, 2017 - 08:56 AM
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Thanks for the note. Your message references UQ Basketball, not sure if you meant to say POTG or not.


Ugh! Sorry for the brain cramp, Jeff. For some reason I had UQ on my mind. I'm guessing POTG, as the more detailed game, is going to give more accurate results than UQ would.

I look forward to continuing to follow your Sixers!
Chub9 - Apr 03, 2017 - 08:30 PM
Post subject: 1972-73 philadrlphia 76ers with potg basketball
Hi Jeff,

Enjoying your replay alot. What version of the game are you playing? Basic or advanced. Are you keeping rebound or assist totals?


Walter
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 05, 2017 - 03:21 PM
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BillS wrote:
Ugh! Sorry for the brain cramp, Jeff. For some reason I had UQ on my mind. I'm guessing POTG, as the more detailed game, is going to give more accurate results than UQ would.

I look forward to continuing to follow your Sixers!
Thanks for following along. I'm having a lot of fun reliving the "glory" days of Sixers basketball Very Happy
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 05, 2017 - 03:25 PM
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Chub9 wrote:
Hi Jeff,

Enjoying your replay alot. What version of the game are you playing? Basic or advanced. Are you keeping rebound or assist totals?


Walter
Thanks Walter. I'm playing the Basic version. I've played a lot of POTG Basketball and find that I get a very realistic spread of points, both individual and team, with the Basic version.

I'm not keeping rebounds/assists, just points.
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 12, 2017 - 01:41 PM
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Game 9

Philadelphia 76ers @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Arena
October 31, 1972

For the second time in three games the Sixers lose to the Cavaliers, this one in Cleveland. It wasn't a blowout, but a loss is still a loss, Cleveland prevailing by 12, 109-97.

All 10 of the Cavaliers who played got their names in the scoring column, 6 of them hitting double digits. Cleveland was led by John Johnson and Lenny Wilkens who netted 20 points each. The Sixers had 4 players in double figures, but on the flip side they had 3 players who didn't make the scoring column at all. Fred Carter topped Philadelphia with 24 points, followed by Bill Bridges who added 22.





actual result:
Philadelphia - 116
Cleveland - 126

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-9)
replay (1-8)
gridiron - Apr 12, 2017 - 04:02 PM
Post subject: 76ers Replay
Are you using the advanced options of "pace" and "control"?
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 13, 2017 - 11:18 AM
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gridiron wrote:
Are you using the advanced options of "pace" and "control"?
I am not using the Pace/Control or Transfer options. I find that I get a realistic spread of points, both team and individual, without them.
gridiron - Apr 13, 2017 - 01:22 PM
Post subject: POTG Hoops
Cool. Will be following your 76ers season. Also, may ask questions as I am about to get a 85-86 Hawks season underway.
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 14, 2017 - 11:15 AM
Post subject: Re: POTG Hoops
gridiron wrote:
Cool. Will be following your 76ers season. Also, may ask questions as I am about to get a 85-86 Hawks season underway.
Thanks. Please feel free to ask questions, POTG Basketball is a great game.
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 20, 2017 - 01:24 PM
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Game 10

Houston Rockets @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
November 1, 1972

A new opponent but an all too familiar result. The Rockets visit The Spectrum and leave town with a 10 point victory, 111-101.

All 9 players who took the court for Houston found their way into the scoring column. Mike Newlin led the Rockets with 28, followed by Rudy Tomjanovich who added 20. Houston had 4 others who totaled double digits. A familiar result, and a familiar story for the Sixers. Philadelphia's top 2 scorers, Fred Carter with 31 and Kevin Loughery with 22, put up 5 more than did Houston's top 2, but here's where the familiar story comes in. The bottom 3 scorers for the Sixers combined for just 2 points, 1 from Dale Schlueter, 1 from Freddie Boyd, and a goose egg from Bob Rule. Better production from the bottom of the scoring column just might give the Sixers a shot at some wins.





actual result:
Houston - 108
Philadelphia - 104


Philadelphia record:
actual (0-10)
replay (1-9)
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 21, 2017 - 01:35 PM
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Philadelphia record:

actual (0-10)
replay (1-9)



Jeff Nicholson - Apr 25, 2017 - 12:06 PM
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Game 11

Kansas City - Omaha Kings @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
November 3, 1972

The Kansas City - Omaha Kings came calling for the first time this season and were victorious over the hometown Sixers, 134-119.

KC - Omaha was led by Nate "Tiny" Archibald who scorched Philadelphia's defense for 42 points. Archibald had plenty of help as 4 of his teammates each hit for 15+. Don Kojis notched 18, Nate Williams added 17, with Johnny Green and Tom Van Arsdale netting 16 apiece. Philadelphia had 6 players in double figures, with John Block at the top with 26. Fred Carter was close behind with 25, followed by John Trapp with 15, Freddie Boyd and Leroy Ellis 14 each, and Kevin Loughery with 13. Once again the bottom of the scoring column didn't provide much support as Dale Schleuter, Mike Price, and Bob Rule totaled just 4 points.





actual result:
Kansas City - Omaha - 114
Philadelphia - 101

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-11)
replay (1-10)
shelrik - Apr 26, 2017 - 08:38 AM
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Just doing points or are you tracking rebounds and assists as well??

Looking to purchase the NBA 2016-17 season.
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 27, 2017 - 10:56 AM
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shelrik wrote:
Just doing points or are you tracking rebounds and assists as well??

Looking to purchase the NBA 2016-17 season.
I'm just keeping points.

Would 2016-17 be your first season with the game or have you played it before ?
shelrik - Apr 28, 2017 - 08:58 AM
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Yes I've played it before was just looking to add this season set. Perhaps an older set from the 60's or 70's for fun.

Have to budget things....

Rick
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 28, 2017 - 01:05 PM
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shelrik wrote:
Yes I've played it before was just looking to add this season set. Perhaps an older set from the 60's or 70's for fun.

Have to budget things....

Rick

The mid 60's to the mid 70's were my favorite era. Whatever season you get, it's a great game !
Jeff Nicholson - Apr 28, 2017 - 01:09 PM
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Game 12

Philadelphia 76ers @ Atlanta Hawks
The Omni
November 4, 1972

The first of a 3 game road trip for the Sixers.

Despite an improved team effort, Philadelphia falls to Atlanta by 7, 107-100. The Hawks had 5 players crack double digits, led by "Pistol Pete" Maravich who put up 30. Atlanta just missed having 7 players in double figures as Don May and Jim Washington barely missed the mark, each scoring 9 points. The Sixers also had 5 players score 10+, with Fred Carter topping the list by hitting for 23. The bottom of the scoring column looked much better for Philadelphia as Dale Schleuter totaled 8, John Trapp 7, and Freddie Boyd 5. Only Mike Price didn't make an entry in the column.

Little did Don May of the Hawks know what awaited him in early 1973.........





actual result:
Philadelphia - 120
Atlanta - 128

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-12)
replay (1-11)
Jeff Nicholson - May 01, 2017 - 01:27 PM
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Game 13

Philadelphia 76ers @ Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Arena
November 5, 1972

Philadelphia travels from The Peach State to America's Dairyland for the second game of the road trip, a matchup with Milwaukee.

A closer game than most expected but the Sixers still came out on the short end, losing to the Bucks by 15 points, 104-89. Philadelphia had 6 players in double figures but it was a one man show as Fred Carter scored 28, nearly a third of the team's total. The improved overall effort of the previous game was gone as the four Sixers at the bottom of the scoring column could only manage a collective 4 points. Milwaukee had 5 players hit double digits, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 27 and Bob Dandridge with 21. The Big O added 16.





actual result:
Philadelphia - 113
Milwaukee - 131

Philadelphia record:
actual (0-13)
replay (1-12)
gridiron - May 01, 2017 - 06:27 PM
Post subject: 76ers Replay
A "who's up next" at the end of the night's write up would be a cool add-on.
Jeff Nicholson - May 03, 2017 - 02:07 PM
Post subject: Re: 76ers Replay
gridiron wrote:
A "who's up next" at the end of the night's write up would be a cool add-on.

That's a great idea. I'll start including it. Thanks.
Jeff Nicholson - May 05, 2017 - 12:30 PM
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Game 14

Philadelphia 76ers @ Kansas City - Omaha Kings
Omaha Civic Auditorium
November 8, 1972

For the final game of the road trip the Sixers travel to Omaha, Nebraska to take on the Kansas City - Omaha Kings.

The Kings, who took the previous meeting in Philadelphia by 15 points, also take this game, but by a slimmer margin, 111-105. Philadelphia had 4 players in double figures, with 2 others, John Trapp and Manny Leaks barely missing the mark. Fred Carter once again led the Sixers in scoring, hitting 28 for the second game in a row. A team effort by the Sixers allowed them to come close, but close doesn't get you in the Win column. The Kings had 5 players notch double digits, led by Tiny Archibald with 26 and Tom Van Arsdale with 16. Dick Gibbs, Nate Williams, and Sam Lacey each scored 12.





Next Game:
11/10/72 vs New York at The Spectrum. The Knicks trounced the Sixers by 54 points in their previous meeting.


actual result:
Philadelphia - 107
KC - Omaha - 125


Philadelphia record:
actual (0-14)
replay (1-13)
Jeff Nicholson - May 09, 2017 - 02:11 PM
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Game 15

New York Knicks @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
November 10, 1972

The Sixers return to The Spectrum for 1 game before embarking on a 6 game road trip.

It wasn't a 54 point whipping but even half of that is still a whipping. The Knickerbockers had the run of the court as they cruised to a 27 point victory, defeating the Sixers by a score of 114-87.

New York exhibited a balanced scoring attack with 7 players in double figures, while an eighth, Jerry Lucas, missed the mark by 2. The Knicks were led by Earl "The Pearl" Monroe who hit for 20. Walt "Clyde" Frazier was next with 17. Even little used reserve Tom Riker was able to notch double figures, putting up 11 points. Philadelphia had 4 players reach double digits, and everyone who took the court made it into the scoring column, they just couldn't keep up with their guests. Fred Carter tallied 22 points, leading the Sixers in scoring for the fourth game in a row. John Block was next with 17, followed by Manny Leaks with 15.





Next Game:
11/11/72 vs Houston in San Antonio. The Rockets prevailed against the Sixers by 10 points in their previous game, 111-101.


actual result:
New York - 125
Philadelphia - 106


Philadelphia record:
actual (0-15)
replay (1-14)
Jeff Nicholson - May 12, 2017 - 02:44 PM
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Philadelphia record:

actual (0-15)
replay (1-14)


gridiron - May 12, 2017 - 06:06 PM
Post subject: 76ers Replay
I am assuming you are rolling for the available players each game...yes?
Jeff Nicholson - May 14, 2017 - 01:07 PM
Post subject: Re: 76ers Replay
gridiron wrote:
I am assuming you are rolling for the available players each game...yes?

I'm using actual lineups, up to 10 players. During this era teams did not use more than 10 players in a game very frequently. I generally "sit" whoever had the fewest points in the real life game whenever a team used more than 10.
Jeff Nicholson - May 20, 2017 - 01:00 PM
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Game 16

Philadelphia 76ers vs Houston Rockets
San Antonio, Texas
November 11, 1972


In the real life '72-73 season this was the first game that the Sixers won, as they defeated the Rockets by 2 points, 114-112. The replay however was an entirely different game as Houston had no trouble coming out on top, beating the Sixers by 21 points, 131-110.

Everyone who played for Philadelphia got notches in the scoring column, 6 of those entries showing double digits. John Block led the Sixers with 21, followed by Fred Carter with 18 and John Trapp with 14. Dale Schleuter, Freddie Boyd, and Manny Leaks put up 10 points each. Hal Greer and Mike Price just missed double figures as they hit for 9 points apiece. Houston also had 6 players in double figures, but the math was in their favor. Rudy Tomjanovich topped the Houston scoring by netting 25, with Jack Marin next at 20. Mike Newlin and Otto Moore both just missed the 20 point mark as they ended the game with 19 each. Calvin Murphy with 17, and Cliff Meely with 16, fell just a bit further short of the 20 point mark.





Next Game:
11/12/72 at Phoenix. This will be their first meeting of the season.


actual result:
Philadelphia - 114
Houston - 112


Philadelphia record:
actual (1-15)
replay (1-15)
FrankC - May 20, 2017 - 01:23 PM
Post subject: 76's
It is quite a project to replay a team that is one of the worst ever to play in the NBA although I guess that Carolina a few years back topped the 76's in woe.

I did a similiar replay some years back using the 1962 NY Mets. It was to say the least a very long season. It didn't help that I was a Mets fan and each loss was tough to take. I lost 124 games that was 4 more than they dropped in real life. I was using APBA Baseball. Never have so many D pitchers lined up to relieve other D pitchers.

I enjoy your write-ups. Needless to sat we won't be reading about playoffs.

Thanks, Frank
Jeff Nicholson - May 21, 2017 - 01:20 PM
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Frank, thanks for your note. The mid 60s to the mid 70s are my favorite era of pro basketball. When I decided to do a single team project these 76ers came immediately to mind.

As I mentioned in my first post, this team might not have been quite as bad as 9 wins. BR has them with an expected 15 wins, so with a few breaks here and there they may have been able to put up a few more W's. But, I guess that could be said of any team. Any way you slice it however, they were terrible. You're correct about the playoffs, they have as much chance of playing in the postseason as I do. Very Happy

Many, many years ago I played APBA quite extensively, so I know what you mean about those D pitchers. And if a pitcher was a D (W), that was like pouring two cans of gas on the fire instead of one !
Jeff Nicholson - May 31, 2017 - 10:58 AM
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Game 17

Philadelphia 76ers @ Phoenix Suns
Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 12, 1972

In the second game of a six game road trip, Philadelphia travels to the Valley of the Sun and leaves with a crooked number in the W column, defeating Phoenix by 11 points, 111-100.

All 10 of the Sixers who played made it into the scoring column, with 5 of those hitting for 10 or more. Fred Carter and John Block led the team with 21 each, followed by Kevin Loughery with 18, Leroy Ellis with 15, and Freddie Boyd with 12. John Trapp just missed being a part of that group as he totaled 9 points. The Suns had 4 players notch double digits in scoring, with Charlie Scott's 28 points at the top of the list. Dick Van Arsdale netted 15, Neal Walk 14, and The Hawk 10. Clem Haskins, Gus Johnson, and Scott English put up 8 points each.





Next Game:
11/16/72 at Golden State. This will be their first meeting of the season.


actual result:
Philadelphia - 108
Phoenix - 119


Philadelphia record:
actual (1-16)
replay (2-15)
Jeff Nicholson - Jun 07, 2017 - 11:09 AM
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Game 18

Philadelphia 76ers @ Golden State Warriors
Oakland-Alameda Coliseum Arena
November 16, 1972

The Sixers visited the Bay Area on the third game of their road trip and narrowly missed claiming their second straight W, losing to the Golden State Warriors by 3 points, 99-96.

Philadelphia didn't have anyone crack 20 points, but they did have 6 players in double digits, with a seventh just missing the mark. Manny Leaks led the Sixers in scoring with 16. Fred Carter, John Block, and John Trapp added 13 each, with Kevin Loughery and Leroy Ellis putting up 11 apiece. Mike Price came close to joining the group as he finished with 9. The Warriors had one player go over 20 points as Jim Barnett hit for 23. Nate Thurmond with 18, Rick Barry with 16, and Jeff Mullins with 10, rounded out the double figure scoring for Golden State. Bob Portman just missed making it 5 for the Warriors as he ended the game with 9 points.





Next Game:
11/17/72 at Seattle. The SuperSonics won the previous meeting, in Philadelphia, by 15 points.


actual result:
Philadelphia - 106
Golden State - 128


Philadelphia record:
actual (1-17)
replay (2-16)
Jeff Nicholson - Jun 14, 2017 - 12:48 PM
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Game 19

Philadelphia 76ers @ Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle Center Coliseum
November 17, 1972

Break up the Sixers !

Philadelphia traveled to the Pacific Northwest for the fourth game of their road trip and left with their 2nd W in the last 3 games, thumping Seattle by 29 points, 125-96. Except for the narrow loss to Golden State in the previous game, Philadelphia could be riding a 3 game winning streak.

The Sixers got a contribution from everyone who took the floor, with 6 players notching double figures. Fred Carter led in scoring as he totaled 26, with John Block next at 23. Kevin Loughery with 17, Leroy Ellis with 12, Freddie Boyd with 11, and Manny Leaks with 10, rounded out the double digit scorers for Philadelphia. Dale Schlueter and Hal Greer hit for 8 points each. The SuperSonics also had 2 players hit for 20+, but the overall team effort fell short. Dick Snyder led Seattle with 24, followed by Spencer Haywood with 22. Downtown Freddie Brown hit for 13 points and Joby Wright added 10 to complete the double figure scoring for the SuperSonics.





Next Game:
11/19/72 at Los Angeles. This will be their first meeting of the season.


actual result:
Philadelphia - 92
Seattle - 105


Philadelphia record:
actual (1-18)
replay (3-16)
Chub9 - Jun 18, 2017 - 12:44 AM
Post subject: 1972-73 Philadelphia 76erswith POTG Basketball
loving the replay Jeff. At this pace the Sixers will have about 12 or 13 wins! Will shall see what happen.

Walter
Jeff Nicholson - Jun 21, 2017 - 01:57 PM
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Chub9 wrote:
loving the replay Jeff. At this pace the Sixers will have about 12 or 13 wins! Will shall see what happen.

Walter

Thanks for the note Walter. I'm having a tremendous amount of fun with the replay. There's still a long way to go in the season, but with BR giving them an expected 15 wins, I would think that 12 or 13 is very possible.
Jeff Nicholson - Jun 25, 2017 - 01:27 PM
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Game 20

Philadelphia 76ers @ Los Angeles Lakers
The Forum
November 19, 1972

Tinseltown was the next stop for the Sixers where they faced the Los Angeles Lakers and fell by 10 points, 111-101.

Philadelphia had 2 players break 20, Fred Carter with 23, and Leroy Ellis with 22. John Block narrowly missed joining that group as he finished the game with 19. Manny Leaks was the only other Sixer to put up double digits as he totaled 11 points. Kevin Loughery and Dave Sorenson were close to double figures as they hit for 9, and 8. Freddie Boyd was next with 7 points. Dale Schlueter, Hal Greer, and John Trapp brought up the rear of the scoring column as they combined for just 2 points.

The Lakers didn't have anyone reach 20, but they did have 5 players in double figures with 2 others coming up just short. Happy Hairston and Jim McMillian led LA with 19 points each. Gail Goodrich was next with 18, followed by Bill Bridges with 17, and Wilt with 15. Jerry West had a subpar performance as he could only manage 9 points. Keith Erickson put up 8, with future coaching legend Pat Riley totaling 3 points. Jim Price and Flynn Robinson hit for 2, and 1, respectively.





Next Game:
11/24/72 vs Buffalo in Hershey, PA. The Sixers are 0-2 against the Braves this season.


actual result:
Philadelphia - 95
Los Angeles - 135


Philadelphia record:
actual (1-19)
replay (3-17)
Jeff Nicholson - Jun 28, 2017 - 11:13 AM
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Philadelphia record:

actual (1-19)
replay (3-17)



David Harris - Jun 28, 2017 - 04:00 PM
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Jeff, Really enjoying your write-ups with the replay. I'm playing POTG as well with the 1960's seasons. I'm re-playing the play-offs from each season. In my 1960 play-off replay Boston defeated Detroit 4 games to 3 in the finals with the home team winning each game. Currently, I'm in the 1961 play-off with Boston and St. Louis reaching the finals.

David
Jeff Nicholson - Jun 30, 2017 - 08:35 PM
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David,

Thanks for your note and for following the replay. I think POTG Basketball is a great game, I just wish that I had discovered it sooner than a few years ago.

I would really like to see your results, please post them if you have the time. The 60's and 70's were my favorite era of pro basketball.

Jeff
Jeff Nicholson - Jul 08, 2017 - 01:53 PM
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Game 21

Philadelphia 76ers -vs- Buffalo Braves
Hershey, PA
November 24, 1972

The final stop on the road trip was Hershey, Pennsylvania, the site of Wilt's 100 point game 10 years prior, for a contest with the Buffalo Braves. Rest assured, The Big Dipper's record is still safe, although both teams did manage to break the century mark as the Braves topped the Sixers by 19 points, 134-115.

Just how bad are the Sixers ? Here's an example. In the real life '72-73 season Buffalo tied Portland for the second worst record in the league at 21-61. In the replay, the Sixers have played the Braves 3 times, losing all 3 games, by 29, 39, and 19 points. An average margin of defeat of 29 points per game. What must Chicago, Phoenix, and Seattle be thinking ?

8 of the 9 Braves who took the floor scored in double digits, led by Bob Kauffman with 28. Randy Smith also broke 20 as he netted 21 points. John Hummer was next as he tossed in 17, followed by Dick Garrett with 16, Fred Hilton with 15, and Elmore Smith with 14. Bill Hewitt and Bob McAdoo rounded out the double digit scorers for Buffalo as they each finished with 10. Howard Komives found himself at the bottom of the scoring column for the Braves as he ended the game with just 3 points.

The Sixers also had 2 players crack the 20 point mark, but the rest of the team couldn't match the Braves. John Block led Philadelphia with 24 points, while Fred Carter was close on his heels with 23. Leroy Ellis missed 20 by just a basket, finishing with 18 points. John Trapp was next with a total of 12 points for the game. Philadelphia had 4 players that came close to totaling double digits, which would have given the Sixers 8 for the game, the same number as Buffalo. Freddie Boyd had 9 points, with Dale Schlueter, Hal Greer, and Manny Leaks each scoring 8. Kevin Loughery brought up the rear with 5 points.





Next Game:
11/25/72 vs Portland at The Spectrum. This will be their first meeting of the season.


actual result:
Philadelphia - 96
Buffalo - 105


Philadelphia record:
actual (1-20)
replay (3-18)
Jeff Nicholson - Jul 21, 2017 - 12:57 PM
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Game 22

Portland Trail Blazers @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
November 25, 1972

Asking again, just how bad are the Sixers, here's another example. In their return to the Spectrum, the Sixers are thrashed by the aforementioned Portland Trail Blazers, suffering a 22 point home loss. Worse, the anemic Philadelphia offense could only manage 74 points, while the defense allowed Portland to score 96.

The Trail Blazers had 4 players in double figures, led by Geoff Petrie with 29 points. Ollie Johnson was next with 17, followed by Sidney Wicks with 14, and Dave Wohl with 10. LaRue Martin, the #1 overall pick in the 1972 NBA draft, just missed double figures as he finished with 9 points.

Philadelphia had only 3 players hit double digits, with none cracking the 20 point mark. John Block topped the scoring column for the Sixers as he tossed in 17 points, with Fred Carter next at 15. John Trapp rounded out the double digit scoring as he totaled 13. Manny Leaks just missed joining this group as he notched 9 points. At the bottom of the scoring column, Leroy Ellis and Hal Greer combined for just 1 point.





Next Game:
11/28/72 at Buffalo. The Sixers are 0-3 vs the Braves this season.


actual result:
Portland - 117
Philadelphia - 106


Philadelphia record:
actual (1-21)
replay (3-19)
Jeff Nicholson - Aug 29, 2017 - 12:29 PM
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Game 23

Philadelphia 76ers @ Buffalo Braves
Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
November 28, 1972

The Sixers travelled to Buffalo and pulled off a double, of sorts. Philadelphia won the real life game by 7 points, 101-94. In the replay, they eked out a 1 point win over the Braves, 128-127.

A bugaboo all season for the Sixers has been getting meaningful contributions from those at the bottom of the scoring column. That ship was righted, at least for this game, as everyone who played pulled their own weight. Given the slim margin of victory, that has to be looked at as the key to the win. John Block led the Sixers in scoring as he totaled 29 points, with Fred Carter next at 25. The double digit scoring was rounded out by the trio of Leroy Ellis with 18, Kevin Loughery with 17, and John Trapp with 16. Dale Schlueter just missed double digits as he tossed in 9. Freddie Boyd and Manny Leaks hit for 7 each.

The Braves had 6 players in double figures, including one 30 point scorer and another who was just a field goal away from 30. On the flip side, the bottom 3 in the scoring column only contributed 7 points. Buffalo was topped by Bob Kauffman who came close to doubling his real life PPG as he netted 30 points. Bob McAdoo came close to 30 as he put up 28. Elmore Smith hit for 19, followed by Randy Smith with 18, Fred Hilton with 14, and Dick Garrett with 11.





Next Game:
11/29/72 vs New York at The Spectrum. The Sixers are 0-2 vs the Knicks this season, losing by 54 and 27 points.


actual result:
Philadelphia - 101
Buffalo - 94


Philadelphia record:
actual (2-21)
replay (4-19)
Jeff Nicholson - Sep 20, 2017 - 02:50 PM
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Game 24

New York Knicks @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
November 29, 1972

In a case of art imitating life, the Sixers return home to The Spectrum after their road win against the Braves and run smack dab into a harsh dose of reality as the visiting Knickerbockers bludgeon them by 48 points, 134-86. This was the same margin of victory as in the actual game where New York prevailed 139-91.

New York had 6 players in double figures, with 2 others falling just short of that mark. Dave DeBusschere lead the assault with 26 points, followed by "Clyde" Frazier with 23. "Dollar Bill" Bradley just missed 20 points as he totaled 19. Rounding out the double digit scorers were Earl "The Pearl" Monroe with 17 points, John Gianelli with 12, and Jerry Lucas with 11. Dick Barnett with 9 and Willis Reed with 8 both came close to the 10 point mark. At the bottom of the scoring column were Henry Bibby with 5 points and Dean "The Dream" Meminger with 4.

So many great nicknames on New York !

Philadelphia had 3 players score in double digits, with a couple of others coming close, but overall this was just a woeful game. Fred Carter topped the Sixers in scoring with 24 points, followed by John Block with 16 and Leroy Ellis with 13. Kevin Loughery and Manny Leaks netted 8 points each, with Dave Sorenson adding 7. The ship that was righted in the win at Buffalo capsized in The Spectrum as the bottom 4 players in the scoring column for Philadelphia totaled just 10 points.

The Sixers are now 0-3 vs the Knicks this season, losing by 54, 27, and 48 points.





Next Game:
12/1/72 vs Boston at The Spectrum. The Sixers are 0-1 vs the Celtics this season, losing by 33 points at the Garden.


actual result:
New York - 139
Philadelphia - 91


Philadelphia record:
actual (2-22)
replay (4-20)
Jeff Nicholson - Oct 06, 2017 - 11:26 AM
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Game 25

Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
December 1, 1972

The Celtics roll into Philadelphia and drub the hapless Sixers by 52 points, 143-91.

Boston had 6 players notch double digits for the game, with another just missing that level. Jo Jo White topped the Celtics in scoring as he netted 30, followed by Dave Cowens who totaled 23. Paul Silas with 19, Don Nelson with 18, and John Havlicek with 17 all came close to the 20 point mark. Paul Westphal rounded out the double digit scorers as he tossed in 11, while Art Williams just missed joining that group as he put up 9 points.

The Sixers had 2 players reach 20 points but they didn't have the horsepower, or man power, to play at Boston's level. John Block hit 24 to lead the scoring, with Fred Carter next at 20. Leroy Ellis with 12, and Kevin Loughery with 11, were the only other Sixers to put up double figures in the scoring column.





Next Game:
12/2/72 at Boston. The Sixers are 0-2 vs the Celtics this season, losing by 33 at the Garden and the above noted 52 at the Spectrum.


actual result:
Boston - 105
Philadelphia - 99


Philadelphia record:
actual (2-23)
replay (4-21)
Downey Games - Oct 08, 2017 - 03:45 PM
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Jeff Nicholson wrote:
Game 25

Boston Celtics @ Philadelphia 76ers
The Spectrum
December 1, 1972

The Celtics roll into Philadelphia and drub the hapless Sixers by 52 points, 143-91.

Boston had 6 players notch double digits for the game, with another just missing that level. Jo Jo White topped the Celtics in scoring as he netted 30, followed by Dave Cowens who totaled 23. Paul Silas with 19, Don Nelson with 18, and John Havlicek with 17 all came close to the 20 point mark. Paul Westphal rounded out the double digit scorers as he tossed in 11, while Art Williams just missed joining that group as he put up 9 points.

The Sixers had 2 players reach 20 points but they didn't have the horsepower, or man power, to play at Boston's level. John Block hit 24 to lead the scoring, with Fred Carter next at 20. Leroy Ellis with 12, and Kevin Loughery with 11, were the only other Sixers to put up double figures in the scoring column.





Next Game:
12/2/72 at Boston. The Sixers are 0-2 vs the Celtics this season, losing by 33 at the Garden and the above noted 52 at the Spectrum.


actual result:
Boston - 105
Philadelphia - 99


Philadelphia record:
actual (2-23)
replay (4-21)


Wow! Two absolute thrashings in a row.
Jeff Nicholson - Oct 09, 2017 - 02:31 PM
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Downey Games wrote:
Wow! Two absolute thrashings in a row.


With the next game being played in Boston the Sixers could easily make it a trifecta ! Smile
Jeff Nicholson - Oct 10, 2017 - 11:29 AM
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