PHILADELPHIA -- This was a huge letdown for the 76ers.
The Phoenix Suns came into the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night as losers of two straight and three of their last five games. They are the NBA's sixth-worst team record-wise.
This was supposed to be an easy game for the improved Sixers. So we thought.
The Suns prevailed, 115-101, in front of a shocked sellout crowd of 20,564.
This marked the second time this season that the Sixers (13-10) lost to an inferior squad they were expected to dominate. The first time came in a 109-108 setback to the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 9. On both occasions, they looked sluggish and had their share of miscues.
"A game like this is without a doubt a missed opportunity," Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
On this night, his squad hurt itself by missing 3-pointers. The Sixers made 7 of 30 (23.3 percent) for the game. Robert Covington slipped back into his shooting slump. He finished with 10 points on 3-for-13 shooting, including 2 of 10 on 3-pointers.
While Covington and the Sixers struggled to make 3s, they were torched by Devin Booker.
The Suns shooting guard finished with a season-high 46 points to go with eight rebounds and two steals. He scored 32 points after intermission, with 19 coming in the fourth quarter. That's when he made three of his five 3-pointers.
The Suns (9-16) had two other double-digit scorers in T.J. Warren (25 points) and Tyler Ulis (12 points, 12 assists.)