12/30/10 9:54 am EST
Last night at the US Airways Center with Andre Iguodala watching from the bench, Evan Turner and Andres Noicioni scored season-highs, Jrue Holiday played Steve Nash to a draw, and the Sixers topped the fast-setting Phoenix Suns in a hyperthyroidal 123-110 win.
The Sixers improved to 13-19 and, for those of you who pay attention to these things in December, slid a half-game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and into the eight hole in the East.
Going into the game, the story was in the other locker room. After he missed the better part of two weeks with a knee injury, last night marked game one of Phoenix’s Vince Carter experiment. I don’t like being the guy who watches the Sixers so he can watch their opponents (at least I don’t like admitting to being that guy), especially in a win, but last night I couldn’t take my eyes off Vinny, even though he”s now a shadow of himself. I’ve always been, for lack of a better word, interested in him; his athleticism, his weirdness, the disproportionate ire his weirdness draws from the fan bases of the (at this point, many) teams he’s played for. I don’t necessarily root for him, but I keep close tabs on the guy.