|Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +11
A very solid night for EB on the offensive end and he provided some significant resistance on the interior for the Sixers. Still he had two plays where he should have flushed the ball through the hoop with authority, only he doesn’t have the ups to get the job done and instead he ended up with a missed reverse lay-in and a layup.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 41 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 14 PTS | +19
He was hot from the start — scored 7 points in 1st Q and that caused him to fall in love with his 3-point shot, but other then that a very good game out of Dre. For the third straight game he was assertive offensively and took the ball to the cup.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3
Does anyone understand what Collins is doing with this kid? Who handles a rookie like this??? Nobody except Doug (see Evan Turner last year and Lavoy Allen this).
|Jodie Meeks, G 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +11
In the 1st Q, Meeks hit his first 3-pointer in his last 7 games. It was his only FG of the night. ‘Nuff said.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +4
Yes his shooting touch was off tonight, but Jrue drove the ball to the hoop regularly and the result was 6 FTAs. Which is a recipe for success in the post season. When the NJN had cut the lead to 9 with 3+ minutes remaining in the 4th, Jrue did a nice job of closing out this game with back-to-back buckets around the 2 minute mark and then a beauty of a dime to EB. He also gets a tip of the cap for playing through a brutal shot to the honker which the trainer plugged with a bail of cotton.
|Lou Williams, PG 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +14
When the Sixers desperately needed a hoop, Louis hit some big buckets during the 4th Q (8 pts. on two 3PM & a FG), but he was MIA for much of the game outside of the 4th.
|Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 7-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +9
Just another night at the office for Thad. He scored all his points in the 2nd half as he made his first seven shots after the half. His And 1 in the 4th Q was the back breaker for the NJN. Now get some rest @yungsmoove21, we’re going to need more of these nights from you if we plan to make any noise in the Playoffs.
|Spencer Hawes, C 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +9
We know Kris Humphries is a beast on the boards, but 1 rebound. ONE. C’mon, you’re 7-feet tall.
|Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +5
Lavoy entered the game just 2 mins. into the contest and his impact was immediate as he scored a bucket and grabbed a couple boards. The pick-n-roll he ran with Jrue in the 2nd Q was arguably the Sixers best attempt at that play this season. Collins rewarded him with a start in the 3rd quarter and Lavoy promptly went out and knocked down a FG.
|Evan Turner, SG 20 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +10
A nice night by ET. He had a sweet assist on a Hawes bucket in the 1st Q and followed that up with a bucket on his next trip down the court. He used that momentum to start the game 3-3 on FGAs. He also dropped another great dime to EB in the 2nd Q. In the 4th, he was part of the lineup that seized control of this game for the 7-6 and built a double digit lead.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw
1. It was the last game in NJ for the Nets and among the numerous celebs and past NJN players in the house were former 76ers Derrick Coleman and Todd McCullough. Ahhh the memories.
2. A 14-2 run by the Nets in the 3rd quarter cut a 15-point Sixers lead to one late in the quarter. After a TO by Collins, Thad went to work, scoring 10 of his points from this point forward and the Nets never got closer then 6 the rest of the way.
3. Should we be worried that the Sixers had some issues putting away the Nets and keeping them down even though they were missing All-World point man D-Will. Probably!!
4. For the game, the Sixers put 6 players in double figures (Dre, Turner, Thad, Jrue, EB and LW), but even more impressive was that as a team they got off to a solid start in this game. They scored 31 points in the 1st Q and at the half four players had 8 or more points.
5. Is there a consultant we can have Doug meet with on how to properly handle rookies? Because the way he has managed ET (last year) as well as “Big Nik” and Lavoy this year leaves a lot o be desired.
6. Loose Balls: The Sixers got 56 points from their bench and shot 54% for the game…They were 5-14 on 3PAs, handed out 25 assists (43 FGM) and only had 7 turnovers..