03/18/10 1:45 pm EST
The 76ers (24-44) did what they are supposed to do against a team like the 2009-10 Nets — inferior on paper and horrible on-the-court — they won handily. Seeing as today is the first day of March Madness, we’re not going to waste too much time on a game that we’re sure made David Stern blush with pride.
To the Sixers credit they were determined not to be the lead story on SportsCenter last night, so they came out and jumped all over the Nets. Thanks to 14 first quarter points from Andre Iguodala (20 total), Philadunkia’s home team put the hurt on the pitiful Nets quickly, led by 10 points after the 1st and never looked back. The 108-97 win was not as close as the score indicates and also ended the Sixers five game losing streak.
Philadunkia Notes :
- As well know Andre Iguodala has struggled mightily with his shot of late – 5-for-22 shooting Monday against the Knicks and 1-for-19 from 3-point territory over his previous four games. Reportedly Iguodala has been putting in time at practice with Aaron McKie working on his game and last night it paid off as Iguodala was 7-for-14 on FGs and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.
- The Sixers scored 52 points in the paint, 22 points on the fast break, shot 56 % (42-for-75) from the field, 40% on 3PA and handed ou 26 dimes against the helpless Nets .
- Eddie Jordan’s team committed a season low 2 turnovers in the 1st half (13 total).
- Jrue Holiday saw 35+ minutes of burn last night and again responded with a solid outing — 19 points, 7 assists, 7 rebounds and 1 turnover. We’ve said it before, Holiday should see no less then 35 minutes a game every night down the stretch of this season.
- Mean while the Sixers trade deadline acquisition and fellow NBA rookie Jodie Meeks saw only 1:43 of burn vs. the Nets. The good news is that Jordan’s main man Willie Green received nearly 26 minutes of run and scored 11 points. So while Jordan helps Green assemble his audition tape for his new team next year, Jodie’s Sixer tryout / development as a player continues to suffer.