SIXERS EMBARRASSED BY SPURS 119-68, FALL TO 1-21!

By Sarah Berkowitz

At least Jerry Colangelo now knows the depth of the problem he has been hired to solve.

The Sixers gave their new boss a look at just how far away they are from becoming a competitive franchise.

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard all sat out and the San Antonio Spurs still rolled past the Sixers, 119-68 on Monday night.

LeMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs with 26 points and nine rebounds and Tony Parker scored 12 points.

Coach Gregg Popovich rested Duncan and Ginoboli against the hapless Sixers and Leonard was ill.

It’s hard to imagine it would have been much worse for the Sixers had the trio played.

“That’s embarrassing,” third-year coach Brett Brown said.

The Sixers fell to 1-21 hours after Colangelo was named chairman of basketball operations. Colangelo, the chairman of USA Basketball, would also serve as an adviser to team ownership.

He had a front-row seat for the mess of a roster team president Sam Hinkie assembled over three seasons that rank among the worst in any era in professional sports.

Robert Covington, Nik Stauskas and Nerlens Noel (above) each scored 13 points for the Sixers. Jahlil Okafor, back from a two-game suspension for his role in a Boston street fight, scored 10 points. Brown, a longtime Popovich assistant in San Antonio, brought Okafor off the bench because of an illness.

“I’m going to push this game aside and that’s really all I have to say about this game,” Brown said.

The Spurs led by 44 points at the end of three quarters and hit the 100-point mark with 10 minutes left in the game.

“What’s tough is, I know (Brown’s) a hell of a coach,” Popovich said. “But it’s not a fair battle. Talent for talent, it’s ridiculous

“Philly just doesn’t have the firepower to get back,” Popovich said. “The talent’s just not there to get down like that and get back.”

The highlight came in the fourth quarter when San Antonio’s deep, deep sub Boban Marjanovic received rousing ovations with each basket. He hit a jumper in the final minute that brought the crowd to their feet, and fans – of both teams – chanted his name as he sprinted off the court.

Marjanovic scored 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting, well above his career high of six points set against Brooklyn in October.

“There were a lot of Spurs fans in the arena,” Parker said, laughing.

The Spurs shot 62 percent (47 of 76) and made 21 of 25 free throws. The Sixers scored only 12 points in the second quarter and broke the 20-point mark in the third (23).

“In this league, you can’t have just young guys. You need veterans,” Parker said. “I feel bad a little bit for Brownie.”

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