GM 69: (ROAD W) RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 117 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Sacramento Kings
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +2

A steady, punch the clock and go to work night from Thad.  I loved the little altercation he got into with Cousins.  Thad has a rep for being “Mr. Nice Guy” and it was nice to see a bit of an edge from #21.

Evan Turner, SF 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +8

I wouldn’t say Turner did anything wrong last night, but I’m just over him and ready to see “The Enigma” playing for another team.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +17

If you’re going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk…and that’s just what Spencer did last night. After engaging Sacto fans in a minor Twitter war yesterday, Hawes went out and posted his 8th double-double in the last 14 games.  Hawes was booed from the opening tip and responded by hitting the game’s first basket.  Of course it was an 18-foot jumper.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 9-20 FG | 2-6 FT | 10 REB | 7 AST | 5 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +6

Yes Jure racked up another double-double, but he was 1-4 on 3PAs and some of those shots were ill-advised.  Jrue was also an unacceptable 2-6 from the FT line.  However his 8 points in the 3rd Q were a key part of the Sixers grabbing control of this game.

Damien Wilkins, SG 40 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +13

Is it possible that Damien’s play over the last two weeks (13 ppg. in his last 10 runs) has earned him a contract here in Philly for next year.  Believe me, I know that the fact he is starting means the Sixers are awful, but his veteran presence, instant offense, ability to get to the FT line and defense could be an asset off the bench next year.  Just sayin…

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +2

Keep your head up kid…DC probably won’t be here next season.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +21

That’s what I am talking about…As I have said many, many times, Wright has one job — hit open jumpers and last night he was awesome at his job.  He scored 13 in the 2nd Q and 5 straight to close out the 3rd Q.

Lavoy Allen, C 22 MIN | 9-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +19

Lavoy escaped from the Do(u)ghouse to score a career-high 20 (10 in the 2nd Q & 6 in the 4th Q) on 9-of-13 shooting, adding seven boards.  He must have used Temple’s devastating Tourney loss as motivation for this performance.

Royal Ivey, PG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +6

Moving on…

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

The only reason I even know this guy is alive is because of his Instagram account.

Doug Collins

How funny were his thoughts on Lavoy Allen in the post game? Talk about taking digs at a player. IMO Collins is post game commenting his way out of town.

After the Jump,  Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  The turning point in this one was the 19-8 run the Sixers put together right before halftime.  Trailing by 50-39 with 5 mins. remaining before the break, the Sixers used 6 out of 7 shooting from the FT line to spark the run.  It ended with a Holiday jumper which tied the score at 58.

2.  The Sixers then came out an opened the 3rd Q with an 8-2 run that grabbed them a 6 point lead early.  Thad scored 4 straight during the stretch.  The Sixers never trailed again in this one and pushed the lead to 9 points by the end of the 3rd.

3.  The Sixers, went 82 days and suffered 15 straight losses before winning an away game.  It was the longest such streak for the franchise since the club dropped 20 in a row from Dec. 28, 1987-March 4, 1988

4.  The 7-6 score the fewest points in the NBA and Sacto gives up the most.  Something had to give in this game and it was the Kings.  The Sixers scored a season-high 117 points in snapping its 15-game road losing streak.  “They don’t want to move on defense; they want to get out and run and shoot the ball as quick as they can,” said Damien Wilkins in the post game media session.

5.  DC’s reserves shot 10 of 16 in the first half and had 30 points which helped lead an offensive explosion for the Sixers.  As we all know, Collins & Co. are simply awful on offense and average just under 93 points a game.  They had 91 points entering the 4th Q last night and shot 49 percent en route to a season-high point total of 117 in beating the Kings for the fifth straight time in Sacramento.

6.  All of you fans of tanking should not panic.  Almost everyone here at Philadunkia had this one down as one of the few wins the Sixers would grab over the last 16 games.  The Sixers will likely return to their losing ways tonight at Utah.

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