|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +2A rare off night for Thad (and he still posted a double-double), who had scored 25+ in four straight games. Luckily the Sixers didn’t need a huge night from #21 to beat the slumping Nuggs. I know Thad has been stroking 3’s off late, but I am not sure I want him attempting 6 per night. He put up 8 points during the sixers huge 2nd Q and his spin move on the fb during the 3rd Q was smooth.|
|Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 8-17 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | +11I really liked that Turner was super aggressive last night and got to the FT line. ET also had a balanced scoring night, putting up 5 or more points in every Q. My one knock is that I at times I thought he pounded the ball into the floor a little too long.|
|Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +9I know Thompson is not going to shoot 5-6 every night, but if the Sixers are to win (and some of us may not want that to happen), they need production similar to this from their starting SF every night. Thompson scored 7 points in the big 2nd Q.|
|Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +2A solid night from Spence who hit some big 3’s in this game and handed out some pretty assits. It’s amazing that 13 & 8 night is now a bit of a let down from Hawes.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 5-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +1A very good night at the FT line helped off set a poor shooting performance. MCW also put the game away with a clutch jumper late in the 4h quarter.|
|Brandon Davies, PF Shot Chart 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +10Solid effort for a player who belongs in the D-League right now.|
|Lavoy Allen, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +10Happy New Year!!!! I have no idea what got into Lavoy last night, but he was a joy to watch. A season-high 13 points in only 14 minutes, staying active on the boards and even hitting a 3-pointer — the second of his career. He even moved without the ball well.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | 0I have said this before — I really like JA in his role off the bench. Anderson came off the bench to give the Sixers a scoring boost in the 1st Q (5 points). He also scored 5 points in the 3rd Q to help the Sixers put some distance between them and the Nuggs.|
|Elliot Williams, SG Shot Chart 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +1Ugghhh|
|Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 20 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +14If TWroe hits his FTs and can pull back on the 3PAs, he’ll be much more valuable to this team.|
I know the back-to-back road wins have come against the injury riddled Lakers and the hopeless Nuggets, but you have to give Brown some credit for a team that appears to played improved defense and is sharing the ball more since before Christmas.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- Obviously this game was decided in the 2nd Q, when the 7-6 played some of their best basketball of the season and put together a 44-26 period to turn a close game into runaway. Sharing the ball was the biggest thing as each of the starters scored at least five points in that pivotal surge. MCW led the way for the first-five with 9 points. Thad scored 8. Wroten came off the bench to contribute 4 points in the Q.
- It was the most points for the Sixers in a quarter since Feb. 20, 1996, at Orlando when they also had 44. Prior to the game, I never would have wagered at SportsBettingDime.com that the 76ers would score 44 in a Q vs. the Nuggets.
- The Sixers had seven different players score in double figures during their second straight win away from home. The 7-6 shot 46.7% from the field; posted 43 FGM made on 23 assists; out rebounded DEN 53-48 and scored 53 points in the paint.
- Did anyone else catch this gem from Turner during his post game interview with the lovely and talented Molly Sullivan, “”I’m on my way to being one of the best in the league, so that’s all that matters.” I know ET had already complimented the team effort during the win and that he may have been caught up in the moment, but this line still made me laugh.
- I know those of us on the tank bandwagon are not thrilled with this two game winning streak the Sixers have produced. But let’s be honest, if the Sixers had lost to the banged up Lakers and the sinking Nuggs (Have now lost 8 straight.), the NBA probably would have launched an investigation into the outcome of those games.
- The W improved the Sixers road record to 3-13, which is still one of the worst marks in the League.
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