Sixers-Jazz 5 Things: NBA's Worst 4th-quarter Team Still Eying First Win

The Sixers (0-5) will again try to capture their first win of the season when they host the Utah Jazz (4-3) on Monday night (7 p.m./CSN).

Let's take a closer look at the matchup:

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1. Same script
Stop us if you've heard this one before: The Sixers hang tight with an opponent only to unravel down the stretch and lose the game.

It happened again on Saturday as the Sixers committed a turnover on each of their final five possessions in a 102-101 loss to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The defeat was just the latest example of the team's late-game struggles. They are tied with the Denver Nuggets for dead last in the NBA this season with 18.2 fourth-quarter points per game.

“We really do need a win,” Joel Embiid said. “I thought we should have at least three wins right now. But that’s basketball. Great players make plays. Next time, everybody’s got to show up.”

2. Ilyasova's impact
Showing up wasn't a problem for the Sixers' newest forward.

Ersan Ilyasova was locked in during his first home game with the team. He connected on 8 of 13 shots, including 4 of 6 from three-point range, for 21 points off the bench against the Cavs.

The Sixers have always struggled to find consistent scoring off the bench under Brett Brown. However, with Ilyasova pairing with Jahlil Okafor as reserves to start the season, the team's second unit should finally be able to hold its own.

3. Get a hold of Gordon
The Jazz had a forward of their own make a big impact in their last game.

Gordon Hayward made his season debut with a game-high 28 points in a 114-109 Jazz win over the New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon. Hayward, who made all 14 of his free throws in the contest, had missed the team's first six games after breaking his right ring finger during training camp.

The Sixers will need to key in on the former All-Star, who is certainly looking to have a big season before likely testing free agency.

4. Injuries
Hollis Thompson (ankle) is a game-time decision. Ben Simmons (foot), Nerlens Noel (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist) are out.

Boris Diaw (leg) and Alec Burks (ankle) are out for the Jazz.

5. This and that
• The Sixers have lost seven straight games to the Jazz.

• Guard George Hill is averaging a career-high 20.4 points for the Jazz so far this season.

• The Sixers are putting up a league-worst 92.8 points per game.

• Jazz big men Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors are averaging a combined 18.7 points, 17.1 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per game in 2016-17.

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