GM 17: RAPID REACTS

Washington Wizards 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +15

Brand was solid and needed to be, as the Sixers were without the services of 2 of their rotational big men.  He battled for loose balls and gave an excellent effort even in the garbage team that the fourth quarter was.  Most impressively, Brand was very aggressive on the offensive end.

Andre Iguodala, SF 32 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 11 AST | 7 PTS | +13

Iguodala’s play set the tone for the entire game.  His 1st quarter was outstanding.  His stellar defense set up great fast break opportunities that started the rout of the lowly Wizards.  He was a facilitator and was a perfect set up man for his teammates.  He had 6 assists in the 1st quarter alone.  The box score does not tell his whole story.

Tony Battie, C 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +13

Without Hawes and Vucevic, one would think Battie would have had a bigger roll in the contest. – Not so much!  However, he did a nice job defending Sixer killer JaVale McGee in the 1st half.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +12

When his three ball is working, the Sixers bring their offense to another level.  Not only did he have the outside game going, he evn took the ball to the cup at times and got it done.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +15Holiday showed flashes of elitism against the Wizards.  Though, that may be not be the hardest thing in the world to do. He knocked down tough shots and played well.  He showed off his great ball handling skills, shot well, all while playing within himself.  He only had 1 turnover.
Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +9

Williams was just another one of the many Sixers who were able to run on Monday night.  Still, he, as usual, got his shots up and made his showing on the stat sheet.  He never takes a night off.  Though, on this night he very well could have. There was no energy lacking from the Sixers in this one.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +9

Young was very impressive, using his unique combination of size and skills. He made incredible moves down low, resulting in points for the Sixers.  Young, even had his post game working.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +2

The Temple grad looked pretty good.  He showed off his jump shot and at times he even made some nice interior plays on offense and defensively.  He even broke out the hook shot.  Though, he will most likely be remembered for delivering the Wells Fargo Center their free Big Macs that they begged for in the 4th quarter.

Evan Turner, SG 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 7 PTS | +10

Turner started off the game well but got sloppy in the second half.  He forced the issue and went away from the things that got the Sixers a big lead in the first place.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Tonight

1.  The Washington Wizards are a pathetic team.  The Sixers did not have legitimate starting NBA center yet they led the Wizards by 34 at one stretch and in the end beat Washington by 20 points.  It’s not like the Wizards have not talent — Wall, McGee, Young and Blatche to name a few.  Flip Saunders should be worried about his job.

2.  Getting Some Rest:  Despite the injuries, the Sixers gigantic 1st quarter lead allowed the Sixers to achieve balance in playing time for everyone.  They were able to stay fresh the entire game and never truly allowed a real comeback from the Wizards.

3.  Ball Movement:  It was the unselfish play of everyone that led to great scoring opportunities.  Everyone was involved in the offense which kept the Wizards off balance defensively.  The Sixers made 43 field goals off an astounding 30 assists

4.  It was just their night:  When Jrue Holiday is scoring with jumpers over two defenders and Evan Turner is knocking down fall away jump shots from the corner off the dribble, things must be going the Sixers way.  Everything was falling down as they shot nearly 52% from the field.

5.  Big Macs for All:  While, the Sixers are 8-1 at home, this is only the third time they scored 100 in a home victory.  So, it makes plenty of sense that the fans were on their feet as the moment of truth approached.  When Temple product Lavoy Allen drained a mid range jumper to send the home team over the century mark, it meant there will be plenty of happy Sixers’ fans at McDonald’s tonight.

6.  As you may have heard on Twitter, Brand was sent home from the morning shootaround with a stomach ailment.  Collins told him “To get some rest and we’ll see about tonight.”  EB dunked for 7-6’s first basket of the night, never looked back after that and just missed another double-double.  Now that’s what we call a power nap!

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