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Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +16

Allen, who’s sneakily been a force on the boards of late (he had 43 in his last five games coming in) continued his strong interior play on Monday; grabbing five rebounds with a pair of blocks in limited minutes.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 9-13 FG | 2-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +9

Though in the digital age there are surely better options available, in a pinch, you could set your watch to Thad Young.  Despite banging with bigger bodies night in and night out (insert your own joke about your college roommate), Young’s been the most consistent Sixer in the season’s first 21 games. He was awesome on Monday.  His eight third quarter points were, almost invariably, of the “Piston Rally Quashing” kind.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 8-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +7

The “Evan Turner is getting better” narrative continues to gain steam.  Turner isn’t really great at anything, which is unfortunate, because it obscures the fact that he’s pretty good at everything.  The jack of all trades posted an 18/11/7 line against a single turnover.  Ants are specialists.  ET is a basketball player.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 25 PTS | +8

Jrue rebounded from a slow start to play what might have been his best half of the season in the second frame, scoring 21 after the break — including 12 in the fourth — to keep the Sixers afloat when they sprang leaks.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +9

This is what Jason Richardson does.  Pair of threes?  Check.  YMCA/playground/general backyard style veteraness?  Check.  Weird that he’s, up to this point, arguably been the biggest difference maker of all the players that traded hands on August 10. (This is almost certainly not true.  Still.)

Dorell Wright, SF 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | 0

Doug Collins: Give Dorell Wright more minutes. Seriously.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -8

The last time Spencer Hawes was not terrible was on November 18, so his not being terrible tonight was a very pleasant surprise.  And the jump shot he hit in the waning seconds of the third quarter to reclaim the lead for the Sixers: very pleasant indeed.

Nick Young, SG 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -3

Swaggy, back in action, was unusually passive tonight.  It was kind of…nice?

After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw

1.  Granted, the fact that Evan Turner and Greg Monroe are two of the headliners of the draft class of 2010 tells you a lot more about the relative strength of that class than it does the level of success the pair have found in the Association. That said: both brought it on Monday.  Turner, continuing his strong play of late, fell just three assists shy of a triple double while Monroe — four weeks after punishing the Sixers with a 19/18/5 line that looked even worse than it sounds — scored 22 points on just 13 shots and added seven rebounds.

2.  Starting with a Maalik Wayns 3-point play in the waning seconds of the first half, the Sixers unleashed a 17-0 run to take an 11-point lead and, presumably, control of the game.  It didn’t last. Detroit scored six points on their next trip down the floor (Monroe bucket and foul, then a rebound of his missed FT, followed by a Knight foul, followed by a DET rebound of his missed second FT, followed by a 3-point play by Monroe) and clawed its way back to take a 75-74 lead at the tail end of the third quarter. Point being, not an ideal way to follow a run.

3.  Grit.  See all the stuff I wrote in point two?  The salient thing about this game is what the Sixers did after their mini-collapse. Namely, battle back. Led largely by Jrue Holiday, who scored 12 in the final period on 5-of-7 shooting, the Sixers fought off the plucky Pistons, matching them big shot for big shot, and prevailed in the fourth quarter 28-22.  It was just the Pistons dude, relax.  What was that?  Can’t hear you.

4.  Jason Maxiel, before a third period dunk that provided him his only points of the evening, had one of the flat strangest lines you’re likely to see: 0-for-9 from the floor with 11 rebounds, four offensive, and a pair of blocks. According to ESPN’s stats and information department, that’s weird.

5.  Despite shooting 53.7 percent to Detroit’s 39.5, committing one fewer turnover than the Pistons, and hitting just one fewer 3-pointer, the Sixers sweated this one out.  Why?  The line.  In what’s been a recurring problem since Collins came to town, the Sixers hit just 12 free throws to Detroit’s 28 — and, bear in mind, the Sixers numbers here are inflated somewhat by the six FTs they attempted when the Pistons got desperate and started fouling toward the end.  There’s no such thing as a free lunch guys. There is such thing as a free throw. Take advantage.

6.  This is a really cool commercial.

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