GM 14: RAPID REACTS

Phoenix Suns 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +2

A solid night for LA overall, but his bucket at the 9:24 mark of the 4th was HUGE as it ended an 11-0 run by the Suns and kept the Sixers afloat in this one.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +11

I was expecting a bigger scoring punch from Thad last night, but with Holiday going off it wasn’t really necessary. His defense (along with the rest of this team) is still a work in progress.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +2

Poor overall shooting aside, I thought ET played a very solid game.  I’m not sure I want him shooting so many 3-balls every night (career high three 3PM), but the one he knocked home in the early 4th was big.  Of course he also gave me at heart attack with the missed FT at the end.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 13-21 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 33 PTS | +11

Only two players in the last 35 years of Sixers basketball have put up numbers like ‘The Jruth” did last night.  The other one was “The Answer” — 38 points and 15 assists against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 26, 2006. — and he’s headed to the HoF…Just sayin’ (More on Jrue’s night later).

Jason Richardson, SG 34 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

Obviously the Sixers need J-Rich to shoot better, but still a decent night all-around.  His 3PM in the 4th that pushed the Sixers out to a 00-97 lead was clutch.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

He was probably so shocked at getting playing time that he didn’t know how to react.

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2

Another effort by Wright that should help pull him out of DC’s dog house.  Love that his FT shooting is automatic.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

An okay night from Hawes, but he can not fall off if this team is to succeed without Bynum.  20 mins of play and only 2 boards is unacceptable.

Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2

My favorite stretch took place near the end of the third quarter and than into the 4th Q when Kwame air balled a FT; had his slam attempt blocked at the 3rd Q horn and then got called for an illegal screen to open the 4th (?able call).

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -3

The FG Swaggy P hit in the 3rd Q was huge as it allowed the Sixers to keep pace with PHX.  Other than that, he was a non-factor.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  Holiday was absolutely amazing last night. I’m not sure that my words can do him justice. Holiday had a career-high 33 points and 13 dimes, one night after scoring just six points in an overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 22-year-old, $41 million man made several big plays down the stretch, including a devastating spin move and bucket on the very quick on Telfair as well as a clutch fade away with 26 ticks remaining. I can only assume that Jrue read Steve Toll’s comments after the OKC game and used it for inspiration. Holiday now has five double-doubles compared to just one in the last year.

2.  The Sixers defense was slack last night and reached new lows during the Suns 34 point 3rd Q.  Six players reached double figures for the Suns — Michael Beasley 21 points; Marcin Gortat 18 points and Sebastian Telfair 12 off the bench led the way.  I am starting to question whether or not this group has the make-up to play the type of defense Collins expects on a nightly basis.

3.  Does anyone else feel the Sixers desperately need to add a serviceable big who can at least rebound??  I don’t care how, just do it.  Thoughts anyone???

4.  For the second game in a row, Dr, J presented the game ball.  Apparently Erving is now an “executive advisor” for the Sixers.

5.  The Sixers missed eight straight field goals from 7:05 to 2:54 of the first quarter, but have now scored 100 or more points in each of the past two games after doing that twice in the first 12 games.

6.  Because of a technical glitch, Maalik Wayns report card style grade did not appear on the home page, but he deserves an “A” from me.  Wayns had his most productive game of the season with seven points in 7:08 of run.

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