Philadelphia 76ers 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Charlotte Bobcats
Elton Brand, PF 18 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -1

He was plagued with foul trouble most of the night, but he showed some flashes of regaining his 2010-11 form during the early 3rd Q when he scored 6 straight for the Sixers, grabbed a few boards and blocked an alley oop attempt.  We can’t remember a game where we saw Brand whine to the officials as much as he did tonight — not that he wasn’t justified in his complaints — just sayin.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 3 PTS | +5

Yes, the 9 dimes were nice to see and his defense on Maggette in the 4th slowed down the Cats late charge, but we need and expect more out of an all-star then 3 points against the lowly Bobcats.  He also did not have a single bucket in the 4th Q.

Lavoy Allen, PF 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +5

A non-factor.

Jodie Meeks, G 32 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +13

Along with Holiday, Meeks was key in getting the Sixers a first half double digit cushion that they needed all of to hold onto this W.  His trifecta of 3-balls in the 1st half was nice to see. Too bad he didn’t much in the 2nd half (2 points).  But that is the essence of Capt. Streaky.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +1

What a great start by the Sixers point man…He scored the 7-6’s first 8 points, hit 4-out-of-his-first-5 shots and had 15 points at half.  He came out of the locker room and by our count then went 1-8 to start the 2nd half.  For some reason Jrue didn’t return from his 2nd half rest until late in the 4th and continued his roller coaster night by hitting a J the first time he touched the ball.  He only had one dime, but he also only turned the ball over once as well.  Just a weird, but successful night for Holiday.

Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 7-14 FG | 7-9 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +6

Louis got off to a slow start, missing his first three shots.  He recovered to hit two buckets to open the 2nd Q, but to be honest he was forcing things all night and it was awkward to watch at times.  Still, he was huge in the 4th with 10 points & 2 dimes and he got to the FT line frequently again tonight.  Thus Louis stuffed that scoring column of the stat sheet.  But this was not a great game for him tonight.

Thaddeus Young, F 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 8-9 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +3

With Louis struggling from the field early, Thad led the “Night Shift’s” efforts in the 2nd Q.  Thad also scored 6 straight for the 76ers to open the 4th and that kept the Cats at bay in this one.  Thad’s post game has developed into a serious threat and he treated the Cats to a full display of his moves on the blocks.

Evan Turner, SG 15 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +4

We guess that conversation ET had with Collins regarding his lack of minutes did not go so well.

Nikola Vucevic, C 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +9

“Big Nik” was a force tonight on the glass. Vuc had 6 fourth quarter points and all of them came at times when the Sixers desperately needed a hoop.  It’s going to be interesting to see if Collins goes back to him as the starter at the 5-spot after this solid outing.

After the jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight…

1.  For a shocking change of events, the Sixers bench a.k.a. “The Night Shift” was the key to this game.  They outscored the Cats bench 23-0 in 4th Q and knocked in 55 points overall.

2.  The Sixers maintained a double digit lead for most of the first half and into the early third Q.  They ran into trouble at the midway point of the 3rd when thanks to poor shot selection (and poor shot making), the 7-6 went 5+ minutes without a hoop. During that stretch the Cats put together a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 4.  Charlotte outscored the Sixers 22-16 in the Q, but the Sixers survived all of that to get the W.

3.  The Sixers didn’t get a whole lot of help from the zebras tonight, especially in the 3rd Q, but that still does not excuse the level of whining and lobbying that went on the 76ers players tonight.  Brand and Louis were especially bad at times.  Again the refs appeared to miss numerous calls on the Cats, but at some point you have to play through it, realize that you’re just not going to get the calls tonight and not let it become a distraction.

4.  Is anyone else worried about Dre?  Since his all-star nod, the AI9 has not scored more then 12 points.  Over the last three games he is averaging 7.6 ppg., 5.6 rpg. and 4.6 apg.  He seems to be sleep walking on offense right now.  We wouldn’t mind if he woke up a little and those scoring numbers went up significantly.  It would be nice if that wake up call started in Orlando on Wednesday night.

5.  Loose Balls: Local product Matt Carroll had 6 points for Charlotte…the Sixers scored 36 buckets on 21 assists…They also won the battle in the paint 42-28…The Sixers only had 1 TO in the 1st half and that came on a lob attempt by Dre to Big Nik that was just a little too high for Vuc to catch…Sixers legend and Charlotte resident Bobby Jones was interviewed on CSN…

6.  Quick story: How bad are the Cats? And how little does the Queen City care about that team? A good friend of mine who lives in Charlotte, but is a major Sixers fan, had front row seats for tonight’s game.  He got called out of town at the last second on business and literally could not give away his tickets to tonight’s game.  No one he offered the primo seats to had any interest in watching the Bobcats. Good luck with that franchise MJ.

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