|Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +6
He was effective and efficient in limited minutes tonight. He also deserves some propers for overseeing Dwight Howard’s dreadful 1-for-7 effort.
|Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +6
Thad struggled from midrange on Tuesday. Despite getting reasonably good looks throughout the evening, he was just 1-of-8 from beyond three feet.
|Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 8-14 FG | 4-7 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | +3
Tremendous night for Mr. Turner. After a brutal three game stretch to close 2012 (he shot 7-of-25 and averaged just 5 points per game), he stuffed the box score in a way that he’s uniquely capable of; posting his eighth double-double of the season. Plus: the 3-pointer he hit to push the lead to 92-85 after Kobe galvanized the crowd was super-sized.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 10-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 26 PTS | +2
In a triumphant return to his hometown, Jrue was terrific. The driving dunk he made with 22 seconds left that put the Lakers down six and, effectively, iced it, might be my favorite Jrue Holiday moment ever. Also: 10 assists against one turnover. Think on that.
|Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +1
Jason Richardson is three years younger than Kobe Bryant. It didn’t look that way.
|Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +4
While Wright was on the floor, he hit 3-point shots (especially helpful because of the extra point you get for them!) and grabbed rebounds. Doug Collins, seeing this, played him a grand total of 23 minutes.
|Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | 0
Spencer Hawes, sporting a fresh haircut that made him (finally) look more like a professional athlete than a cast member of MTV’s ‘Buckwild’, did good things against the Lakers for the second time in as many games. He blocked Dwight Howard at least twice and has now shot 12-of-21 against the Lake show this season.
|Kwame Brown, C 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4
Kwame Brown, who wasn’t (that) bad in LA, got booed when he stepped on the floor at Staples. Kind of makes you wonder what the fans do when he returns to Washington: threaten his family? Throw fruit at him?
|Nick Young, SG 14 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 PTS | +2
Swaggy, who was playing for the home team the last time he played in front of an LA crowd, was unusually cautious against the Lakers, hazarding just three shots.
|Doug Collins A 10:30 pm ET start, on the road, against a team with four future Hall of Famers: not exactly conditions conducive to victory. It was a good win for a team that hasn’t had many of them this season.|
After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw…
1. Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol looked terrible. The pair–each mired in career-worst seasons–shot a combined 3-of-19 from the floor and managed just 18 points between them. Dwight, in particular, looks like a shadow of himself. He was blocked four times on Tuesday and, to cop a Bill Simmons point, seems to have lost the spring in his step: he looks like he has to wind up to jump, which doesn’t auger well.
2. On December 16, the Lakers, who shoot the 3-pointer about as well as any team in the Association, buried 10 in the first half on their way to sinking 14 overall in topping the Sixers 111-98. It wasn’t dropping like that on Tuesday. LA hit only three of the 22 3s they hoisted, and many of the misses came at inopportune “game on the line” moments.
3. Kobe did Kobe things for most of the night, finishing with a game-high 36 points, but his shot selection down the stretch was downright dreadful. Pretty clear he doesn’t trust his teammates much, not that he should.
4. Rumors of the Sixers’ defensive demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Since Jrue Holiday returned to the lineup after the 125-103 December 19th blowout loss to the Rockets, the Sixers have held three of their six opponents to under 40 percent shooting and allowed none of them to stroke it at a better than 45 percent rate.
5. The Lakers, despite subpar performances from Gasol and Howard, scored 52 points in the paint.
6. Holiday, for those of you scoring at home, has now played five consecutive games agains point guards who are somewhere between very good and elite (Deron Williams, Mike Conley, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Steve Nash) and outplayed each of them by a comfortable margin. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.