Washington Wizards 89 Final

Recap | Box Score

120 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +29

After a rough start to the game defensively Brand found new life in the 2nd half.  He played some solid defense on the likes of Trevor Booker and JaVale McGee inside leading to Wizards turnovers in the second half.  He also added a lift on offense going 6-10 from the field for 13 points.

Andre Iguodala, SF 28 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-6 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +21

Iguodala had one of his best all-around performances of the season in this game.  He had a few highlight reel dunks, he defended well, he rebounded well, and he passed well.  Iggy was a huge factor in the third quarter charge which pushed the Sixers lead up to 34 at one point.

Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +17

Hawes, although limited in this game(19 minutes), still found a way to notch his 5th double-double of the season.  Once again “Spencer Hawes” chants showered the Wells Fargo Center when Hawes converted on two and one buckets in the third quarter.

Jodie Meeks, G 36 MIN | 10-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 26 PTS | +36

Once again Jodie Meeks gave the Wells Fargo Center crowd an unbelievable shooting performance. 10-11 from the field for 26 points including an outstanding 6-7 from three-point land.  Could it be that I was in the building?  Last time I was in attendance he hit for 21 against the Pistons, hitting 4-8 from deep. I never called for an encore, but if I did this would be it.  He gave fans free Big Macs when he hit a trey to put the Sixers over 100 points in the fourth quarter.  The applause was so loud that the roof of the WFC nearly came down.

Jrue Holiday, PG 28 MIN | 5-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +9

This wasn’t the best game from Jrue Holiday, but it also wasn’t horrible either.  His defense was subpar for most of the game, he was shooting too early on shot clocks, and he wasn’t passing the ball effectively enough.  However, he did play better in the second half compared to the start of the game and had a vicious, left-handed throw-down on Jan Vesely in the fourth quarter which should be good enough for the Sportscenter top 10 tonight!

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 7-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 19 PTS | +16

Lou showed his veteran leadership throughout this game and showed why he should always have the ball in the clutch.  Lou paced this team to start the game with some nice drives to the basket and some great finds to open shooters. He made the crowd rise at both the end of the second and third quarters after nailing a couple sweet jumpers as time expired.

Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -3

Tonight wasn’t the best from Thaddeus defensively.  Trevor Booker and Rashard Lewis made him look foolish at times and he wasn’t active on the boards at all.  Don’t expect this to happen that often in future games.

Evan Turner, SG 28 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | +7

ET racked up another solid performance.  Defensively he played solid and he was very efficient on the offensive end.  The former #2 pick outshined the #1 pick from the same draft John Wall and once again showed off his improvements from last season.

Nikola Vucevic, C 17 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +7

It’s worth noting that while Vuc did not fill the stat sheet by any means, his defense on JaVale McGee in the first quarter is what led to the Sixers rally to regain the lead.  Hopefully we’ll see this type of energy from him defensively the rest of the year.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Tonight

1.  Jodie Meeks:  Can’t say enough about his performance tonight.  The man literally could’ve hit a shot from the parking lot.  It was almost like how good the Looney Tunes became after drinking Michael’s secret stuff in the movie Space Jam. I wonder if there was a bottle of that lying around in the Wells Fargo Center?

2.  A very good third quarter:  The Sixers had active hands on defense which led to 19 points off of eight turnovers. Pretty much every passing lane was shut-off by the Sixers defense as they went up by as much as 34 points in the quarter.  The Sixers shot with a lot of confidence in the quarter, shooting 70 percent from the field.

3.  Veteran leadership:  Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala, and Elton Brand combined for 45 Sixers points and also played very strong defensively.  It was inspiring play for the youth of this team which responded great.

4.  Team basketball:  The Sixers had 27 assists and played some stifling defense in the second half.  This led to 120 points and one happy coach in Doug Collins.  Seven players hit double figures in the win.  When all cylinders are rolling this team is extremely dangerous.

5.  Home court:  The Sixers are now a perfect 5-0 at home this season.  It’s a much better start then their 1-4 start at the beginning of last season.  Hats off to Josh Harris and the new owners who have done all they can to get fans back in the seats.  The revolutionary rows in section 108 have brought crowd noise to a noticeably higher level.

6.  If this loss doesn’t cost Flip Saunders his job, it will be a miracle.  Already rumored to be on the “hot seat”, the Wizards gave up on this game rather quickly in the second half.  In the third, the Sixers made 16 of 23 shots from the floor, banged home 34 points total  and outscored the Wizards by 20 and you could see that the Wizards had clearly given up on their coach.  Additionally, former #1 overall pick John Wall had his third straight game where he scored 11 points or less.  The kid looks miserable and lost.  That’s not good news for the head coach.

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