Philadelphia 76ers 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 Cleveland Cavaliers
Elton Brand, PF 21 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +12

Sir Elton did most of his damage early — scoring 8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first quarter — but slowed down after that.  In the 1st Q the Sixers ran numerous iso plays for Elton in the post and he still settled for jumpers (but made them) every time.

Andre Iguodala, SF 34 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-1 FT | 13 REB | 7 AST | 19 PTS | +25

Iguodala was great tonight.  He was aggressive offensively for the second straight game (he’s one of the only black guys old white people criticize for not being aggressive enough), and nabbed a season high in rebounds.

Nikola Vucevic, C 8 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -11

After a mini-resurgence, Big Nic’s now been a negligible contributor for four games running. Something tells me his wildly fluctuating minutes/responsibilities are playing a role in this.  Whaddya think, Doug?

Jodie Meeks, G 25 MIN | 1-3 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -6

If you don’t have anything nice to say, you really shouldn’t say anything at all…

Jrue Holiday, PG 29 MIN | 9-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | +14

Sweet sassy molassy did he have a third quarter.  He scored 19 points (NINETEEN!), went 5-of-5 from beyond the arc (FIVE-OF-FIVE!), and still found time in his busy schedule to dish out four dimes.  Did I mention he did all this in the third?  Like, in 12 minutes?

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | +29

The Cavs were keyed in on Lou defensively, and to his credit, he recognized this and didn’t force anything.  See: his assists.

Sam Young, SF 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -10

I didn’t realize he played, but I’m happy for him.

Thaddeus Young, F 22 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +14

Thad had that hook shot going tonight.  When he does, I don’t envy the guys defending him.

Spencer Hawes, C 16 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +14

Spence was economical tonight.  He turned five shots into eight points, and just turned the basketball over once.  That stuff helps.

Lavoy Allen, PF 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 4 PTS | +3

The Temple Owl and fan favorite tied his season high in minutes tonight, and did a few things that made me smile.  One sequence in particular — a first period run when he got a bucket, then blocked a shot into the stands back-to-back — is what I’ll choose to remember from this one.  Like I said, he’s a fan favorite and I’m a fan.

Evan Turner, SG 25 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -4

ET was solid if unspectacular and…you know, I just typed that because I had nothing else to say.  He didn’t really do anything that caught my attention, though he didn’t make me seethe with anger tonight either.  So…good game?

After the Jump, Six  Things We Saw

1.  Things were all knotted at 57 about five minutes into the third quarter when the Sixers opened the flood gates.  What poured out were a bunch of Jrue Holiday three pointers.  We ripped off a 24-2 run — highlighted by four Holiday treys (14 points total in a 5:21 stretch) — and never looked back.  Not only did Jrue score 19 points in the Q, he also dropped 4 dimes in the stanza which means he had a hand in 27 of the 31 points the 7-6 scored in that Q.

2.  Also from the Jrue Holiday Was Effing Amazing Tonight Department: So, Kyrie Irving, the soon-to-be NBA rookie of the year came back tonight after missing nine games with a “shoulder injury” and Jrue held him to just nine points on 10 shots.  Is it possible Irving was rusty, maybe.  But more likely it’s Jrue.  In his two games vs. Jrue this season, Irving is averaging 10.5 points per night.  That’s well below the 18.6 ppg. Irving has been hitting for vs. the rest of the NBA. 

3.  Did I mention Holiday went six-of-six on 3PAs last night?  Cause he did.  His previous career high for 3PM in a game was 5. 

4.  From the Numbers Department: Though the Sixers turned it over more than the Cavs (16-13) and were whistled more than twice as often (20-9) they dominated the home team on glass, 46-33, and, as a testament to teamwork, out-assisted them 32-22.

5.  Not counting EB’s minutes at the 5, the three Sixers bigs (Vucevic, Hawes & Allen) that ran in the center position last night combined for 12 points, 15 boards and 6 assists.  That’s a solid night from your team’s center spot. 

6.  With the Bucks (inexplicable) loss to the Wizards, it now looks like the Sixers have all but sealed the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.  Up 2.5 games with just four left (against New Jersey, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Detroit) it would take a collapse of epic proportion to keep us out at this point (Knocking, furiously, on wood.  Or am I??).  The NYK won last night to remain 1 game ahead of the Sixers in the 7th spot.  Orlando lost which means they are now 4 games in front of the 7-6 for the 6th seed (Just sayin’).

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