GM 63: (WINNING) RAPID REACTS

Brooklyn Nets 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-8 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +5

Back-to-back double-doubles from Thad has a nice ring to it.  It’s especially impressive that it came on the 2nd night of a road, then home back-to-back set and that it was an efficient shooting night on a rough schedule.  His 4 straight points in the 4th Q were huge.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 6-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +7

This was a much better night for “The Enigma”, but still far from great.  16 points on 18 FGAs is not an efficient night and 1-5 from deep is not good.  He also made several plays in the 4th Q, including a FT lane violation and an ill-advised jumper early in the shot clock, that made me cringe.  However, he had a decent 1st Q and the 3-pointer he buried in the 4th Q was clutch.  Plus the board he grabbed at :48 mark of the 4th was key to sealing the win.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 10-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +5

I have said this numerous times over the 2012-13 season…It’s really a shame that Hawes is sooo bad defensively. Lopez absolutely killed Spencer last night, especially in the 1st Q (14 pts.) and that happens too often for me.  I don’t love his “soft” offensive game and some of his decisions, but when Spence decides he wants to play, there is no doubt he can score the ball.  Like in the 3rd Q when he went off for 10 points.  He also threw in a block during the 3rd Q.   If he could just give us 14 & 10 every night, this team would be a lot better.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 4-8 FG | 6-8 FT | 0 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +1

It was obvious that Holiday chose to get others involved early on in this one and then picked his spots to score.  Hopefully this is the end of his shooting slump.  He did a great job on penetrating the Nets defense in the 4th Q.  FYI…including last night Jrue has attempted 8 or more FTs in a game only 4 times this season.

Damien Wilkins, SG 26 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +1

I tip my hat to Wilkins for his recent stretch of stellar play and the block he had on Lopez last night was tremendous.  However I ask you, “What good does it do the Sixers to give a 9 year veteran who likely won’t be on the roster next year 26 minutes in a lost season?”

Arnett Moultrie, PF 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1

A great dive to the rim by #5 in the early 2nd Q for a hoop earned him nothing in the minutes department.  Someone needs to have a talk with coach.

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +6

A very nice 2nd Q by Wright — 13 pts. & a charge drawn — helped the Sixers grab the lead in this one. So where was he for the rest of the game and where has Wright been for most of the season?

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

Given that I expected him to receive a DNP-CD last night, Allen played well in his limited run.

Charles Jenkins, PG 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +7

Jenkins took two awful 18+ foot jumpers in the 2nd Q.  I threw the remote after his second FGA and cried out for Pargo.

Royal Ivey, PG 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +5

7 minutes well played.

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

Did he make it back from Florida?

Jeremy Pargo, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Isn’t this the same guy who hung 28 on the Sixers earlier this year?  Didn’t he also score 12 points in his Sixers debut after only one practice session?  Yet DC can’t find a way to get this kid some minutes. You deserve better Mr. Pargo…

Doug Collins

I’m sorry, I know the Sixers got the W last night and that’s great (sort of), but this season is over and Collins needs to get on board with playing the kids who could possibly be on this roster next year.  No offense to Ivey and Wilkins because they are playing well, but they need to take a seat.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  A very nice 1st half by the Sixers produced a 7 point lead at the half.  They shot 53.5% from the field (23-43).  The Sixers handed out 18 assists on those 23 FGM and only turned the ball over 3 times.  Collins & Co. grabbed control of this one in the second quarter, ended the 2nd Q with and 11-1 run to go up 7 at the break and never trailed during the second half.

2.  The Nets tipped off the 3rd Q with a 5-0 run to cut into the Sixers halftime lead.  They also posted a 7-0 run late in the 3rd Q and scored nine of the final 11 points in the third to cut the Sixers lead to 82-75.  It looked like the Sixers were about to let this slip away, but they didn’t…

3.  …The Nets couldn’t overcome the Sixers in the early 4th thanks to a series of offensive trips in which the Sixers got to the hoop for easy buckets or trips to the FT line.  Turner hit a 5-footer to open the 4th; Thad got a lay-in off a slick assist from Turner; Holiday got into the paint for a trip to the FT line; Hawes got in close and got fouled for 2 FTs.  The result was that the Sixers were able to keep the Nets at arm’s length (up 6) in the 3rd.

4.  And then in the 4th Q the Nets missed seven of eight shots and went over 3 minutes with out a hoop.  In fact the drought got really bad for the Nets as the scored only 3 points over a 5 minute stretch of the 4th Q.  Finally, Joe Johnson hit a trey for the Nets with 1:25 left to make it 101-95.  But it was too late for the Nets.

5.  The Sixers are now 2-14 in their last 16 games…Collins pulled in his 100th victory as a Sixers head coach…The Sixers W last night means they won the second game of a back-to-back set for the FIRST TIME ALL SEASON!!!!

6.  The 7-6 entered the game with one of the worst offenses in the NBA, while the Nets came in having held their past three opponents to 80 points or fewer.  Didn’t matter.  The Sixers shot 52.6 percent from the floor, hit on 8 of their 15 3-pointers, posted three double-doubles and put six players over 13 points in ending their five-game skid.

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