03/24/12 8:20 am EST
|Elton Brand, PF 26 MIN | 10-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +17
Sir Elton was just phenomenal tonight. In the decisive third quarter that the Sixers won 37-17, the old Chevy scored 14, and left to loud, and deserved, cheers.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 14 PTS | +15
Iguodala had a classically Iguodala game: he wasn’t particularly demonstrative offensively, but he filled it up. And after Paul Pierce torched him early with 11 fast points, AI9 clamped down to hold him to 9 the rest of the way.
|Spencer Hawes, C 28 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +3
Hawes, for the first time in a long time, looked like his best self tonight. He was solid underneath, got his mid-range game going, and was an able distributor. In one stretch, he gave Brand and Holiday beautiful looks on consecutive possessions, then finished himself on the third.
|Evan Turner, SG 34 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -5
ET, who followed his breakout by breaking down, looked better tonight than his numbers suggest. After a slow start, he did some brilliant work as a distributor in the fourth.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +21
Jrue kept the Sixers in it when the Celts were shooting lights out earlier, but disappeared when the home team made its run.
|Tony Battie, C 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2He blocked Rondo at one point. So there’s that.|
|Lou Williams, PG 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | +5
Lou’s sweet shooting put the stake in the heart of the Celts, and their bid to take over the Atlantic Division lead.
|Sam Young, SF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2
|Thaddeus Young, F 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +8
When everything was going wrong for the 7-6, Thad got his mid-range game going and gave me a reason to believe. Someone like you, makes it hard to live without, somebody else…
|Jodie Meeks, G 16 MIN | 0-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +1
Nice knowing ya
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night
1. What a weird, weird, fist half. Three technicals, horrendous officiating—the third T came against Doug Collins when he was arguing an egregious non-call against Thad Young — and the strange case of Mickael Pietrus, who left the court on a stretcher after what appeared, from the replay, to be a flop.
2. Amazing third period. Against the ropes, Atlantic Division lead they’ve held effectively all season in peril, the Sixers girded themselves and uncorked maybe the best quarter they’ve played all year. 37-17. And that made all the difference.
3. After getting them on the third night of a back-to-back-to-back, the Sixers were fortunate to catch the Celtics on the second night of a back to back, and sans Ray Allen, tonight. Though they’ve gotten two big wins against their neighbors to the north, they were obviously depleted each time. A grain of salt to take the Ws with.
4. Can’t say enough about Elton Brand tonight. He had his before-mentioned offensive heroics in the third, but also kept KG in check. While he’s not the player he used to be (KG), and he did score 20, it took him 19 shots to do it.
5. The Sixers, after months — well, more like a whole season — of getting pummeled on the glass, continue to improve in that area. They beat the Celts 46-35 on Friday. However it should be noted that the C’s by design retreat quickly to get back on defense and do not crash the O-boards well.
6. For the second time in as many weeks, the Sixers stared down the barrel of losing their lead in the Atlantic standings to the Celtics — the team everybody with an opinion picked preseason to take the division—and for the second time in as many weeks they rose to the occasion.