GM 57: (WINNING) RAPID REACTS

Golden State Warriors 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -3

A career high 16 boards was the major highlight in a very good night for Thad (double-double).  His 4 straight points during the Sixers run in the 2nd Q were big and he had a huge garbage play – layin during the 4th Q.

Evan Turner, SF 43 MIN | 10-15 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +3

One of ET’s best games of the year — near triple-double.  I especially like that he did not pound the ball into the floor on any trips tonight. I wonder if saw the Kenny Smith piece on TNT the other night?  In the 3rd Q Turner had 10 pts. as well as a great pick-n-roll alley-oop to Moultrie.  He came up even bigger in the 4th — 6 pts; 2 fantastic assists and a big steal.  Still, his FT shooting is killing me.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 0-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -8

A 0-4 1st Q began a simply awful night for Hawes.

Royal Ivey, PG 25 MIN | 6-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -7

Ivey got the start and he responded with 8 pts. in the 1st Q on his way to his best game this season.  Ivey’s shooting was on fire tonight.  I also thought he did a solid job on Curry in the 2nd half and slowed Steph down somewhat.  But those late missed FTs nearly killed me.

Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 27 PTS | +9

Holiday had 11 points in the 1st half, but it was his play in the 4th Q and especially the closing minutes that will have everyone talking. He scored 12 points in the final Q including 5 straight to close out the game.  That’s how an all-star closes a game!  However, 8 turnovers is unacceptable from your all-star PG.  My only other knock was that Curry gave him fits at the other end, but Curry does that to most foes.

Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +15

Lavoy drifts in and out of games so much it’s scary, but Fran Dunphy told us that for years.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 8 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +10

If all of the Sixers bigs could learn to cut / dive / run to the rim like the rookie, we’d score a lot more easy buckets.  He had a beautiful catch and slam on an alley-oop from Turner.

Dorell Wright, SF 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +19

Wirght played like a man with a chip on his shoulder against his former team.  His 11 points in the 1st half helped keep the Sixers in this one.  The hustle play he made to cover the length of the floor and block a Curry lay-up was simply incredible.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3

Nothing wrong with his night, but I had bigger expectations when we signed this guy.  Of course it’s tough to do a lot in only 8 ticks.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

I heard he grabbed like 3 boxes of Wilt bobble heads.

Doug Collins

DC pushed the right button in starting Ivey tonight.  I liked that he got Turner the ball closer to the hoop in the second half where he could score quickly (I assume that was by design).  I thought he stuck with Hawes too long and Moultrie did not get enough burn.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  A terrible start by the Sixers almost doomed them tonight.  Led by Spencer’s 0-4 shooting, a host of turnovers and some poor defense, the Sixers trailed by double digits for a large portion of the opening Q.

2.  The Sixers recovered nicely in the 2nd Q thanks to solid play from Thad, Jrue and Wright. A 20-7 run in the late 2nd Q got the Sixers to within 3 at half, 54-51.

3.  An interesting 3rd Q for the 7-6…Early on they went through a 3 minute scoreless stretch that saw them fall behind by 11.  At that point they looked dead and buried.  Then Jrue found Moultrie for an easy lay-in; Turner scored 4 straight and the Sixers ripped off a 10-2 run to tie the score at 73-73.  Later in the Q Turner scored 5 straight and found Moultrie on an alley-oop to help  push the Sixers to a 82-81 lead after three Qs.

4.  The Sixers almost gave this game away — literally.  They committed 23 turnovers that led to 27 points by the GSW.  Jrue led the way with 8, which is simply horrible for a starting PG in the NBA.

5.  The Warriors are one of the most foul prone teams in the NBA, but the Sixers only got to the line for 9 FTAs…GSW is also terrible at transition D and the Sixers managed only 9 FB pts.

6.  The Sixers shot 66% from deep (12-18) and it seemed like every time they needed a big hoop, someone knocked down a 3PA.

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