GM26: Rapid (Abracadabra) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Orlando Magic
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -5If you look just at the box score, it reads like Luc was his solid self last night.  But I can tell you that he only scored 2 points during the big push n the 3rd Q and was completely MIA during the 4th Q — 0 points & 1 reb.

JaKarr Sampson, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | +1Sampson started in place of the ill Hollis Thompson, but received limited minutes last night.  His 3-ball in the mid-3rd Q ignited the 76ers huge run in the 3rd Q.  Overall I thought Sampson played solidly and he showed a couple nice moves on offense.

Nerlens Noel, PF 32 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -8Noel had some awkward moments last night — like when he was wide open under the rim in the 3rd Q, but shot the ball in to the underside of the backboard — but overall it was a very nice night by #4 (double-double). He only scored 3 points in the 2nd half and spent a good deal of the 4th Q on the bench.  However his defense and rebounding were key to the big push.

Robert Covington, SF 40 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +6A double-double by Rob was a big boost for the 76ers last night, but IMO #33 looked hesitant at times to shoot the three.  Let it fly Rob, let it fly.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 36 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -6Outside of his team high 6 TOs, I really loked what I saw from MCW last night.  He cut back on his 3PAs; distributed the ball nicely and took advantage of what scoring ops the Magic defense gave him.  His 9 points in the 4th Q helped the Sixers seal the win.



Jerami Grant, SF 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +16Energy, defense and hustle are all we need from this kid and last night he delivered.  His dunk and 4 total points at the end of the 3rd Q were a nice offensive contribution.  Knocking down all of his FTs was a nice bonus.

Henry Sims, C 21 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +13Sims scored several huge baskets last night and did a great deal of the dirty work that led to the W.  His shootig touch has returned and that will boost the Sixers bench production.  If he continues to play at this level, I am curious to see if the Sixers will hold onto him or deal Sims to a contender before the trade deadline.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 20 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +14Good coaches will tell you it does not matter who is in the starting lineup; what matters is who is in the game during the 4th Q of a close contest. So, that’s the attitude we’ll take as KJ continues to come off the bench.  KJ scored 4 points in the closing minutes of the 3rd Q; he drained a huge three to open the 4th Q and scored 5 overall in the final stanza.

Tony Wroten, SG 31 MIN | 3-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +9Wroten came very close to having an ugly game last night…TWroe entered the 4th with just 2 points thanks to 0-for-5 shooting and 3 TOs.  However, in the 4th Q he pumped in eight points on 3-of-6 shooting down the stretch.  Also of note from last night is the beauty alley-oop pass he tossed to Noel from outside the arc.

Brett Brown
After trailing by 11 in the 3rd Q, the coach got the ship righted and the Sixers opened up their 7-game Holiday road trip with a W. Maybe the Sixers should only dress 9 players each night as it would keep Brown from playing Hollis Thompson major minutes.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. The 76ers trailed by 11 in the 3rd Q and it looked like Brett Brown & Co. were headed to their 5th consecutive loss when Jakarr Sampson drained a 3-ball that triggered a 14-2 run by the Sixers in which 5 different players scored for the 7-6. The Sixers closed the third quarter on a 22-7 spurt, and took a four-point lead into the 4th Q that they never relinquished.
  2. The big run in the 3rd Q was tremendous, but scoring 7 straight to open the 4th Q was what really cemented this W for the Sixers last night. They pushed that run out to a 16-4 stretch, led by 6 points from Henty Sims and cruised from there.
  3. There was a little shouting match on the bench between Noel and MCW during a timeout in the 1st Q. I would love to have known what the basis of the argument was about.  The former AAU teammates appeared to patch things up quickly as they were all daps and hugs after the final horn.
  4. “We got into it a little bit as teammates do,” Carter-Williams said. “I grew up with him. We’ve gotten into it before — this isn’t the first time. It’s not anything negative; we got into it and then it’s over. It is not like we are little kids and we went out there and not pass each other the ball. It is over and done with and we move on.”
  5. “It’s teammates talking to teammates. It’s real,” Brown said of the clash. “It proved to be a real healthy conversation so I let it go … It’s not like they just met each other and have issues.  It’s healthy issues, it’s real, that’s what families go through.  It ain’t always pretty.  They talked it through and off we go.”
  6. How great was KJ McDaniels’ mom last night?  They had to move her seat at the Amway Center because she was so in to the game.  We have seem that kind of passionate support since Ann Iverson ruled the baseline at the Wells Fargo Center…Former 76er “Big Nik” Vucevic posted 19 points; 17 rebs. and 4 assists.


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