Gasol scored 19 points, Mario Chalmers added 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining, to seal a victory that seemed unlikely when Memphis faced a 15-point deficit late in the third and trailed 83-74 entering the fourth.
Jones is offering something for everyone. Depending on what you want to see, the Cowboys owner is a bulwark against disrespect for the national anthem and the American flag or a champion of players’ First Amendment rights.
The big winner in this situation is Jones, who is insulated against external criticism of his ambivalence by the desires of protest sympathizers and critics alike to cast him as an ally. And he is insulated against internal criticism by the power he wields over players’ paychecks (NFL contracts, unlike those in other major sports leagues, are not fully guaranteed) and playing time.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said Monday he didn’t think Bowden was in a slump. Barnes noted at the time that a slumping player “won’t take the shots he should take” and that Bowden was avoiding that trap.
The Commodores were seeking to beat Tennessee in Knoxville for a fourth straight season, but poor shooting nearly knocked Vanderbilt out of contention early.
“When we were up 14 or 15 points, we come in and we let them sort of back in, get a little momentum,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the difference. He later added that “we started the fourth period pretty poorly.”
Dario Saric led the Sixers with 22 points and added 10 rebounds, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarott finished with a season-high 20 points. Robert Covington added 18 points and Joel Embiid had 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Sixers ended a three-game winning streak.
The Sixers hurt themselves with 10 of their 24 turnovers in the fourth. Memphis collected 20 points off Philadelphia’s 10 miscues down the stretch.