GM 79: (DAMN W) RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Washington Wizards
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 8-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +15A highly efficient double-double was capped with great energy hustle. He scored 5 straight in the 2nd Q and was a big part of the 3rd Q run that sealed this one.
Evan Turner, SF 24 MIN | 0-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6“The Enigma’s” 0-11 is most shots by a 76er without a bucket in at least 28 yrs.  Matt Geiger did it in 1999 vs the Grizzlies & Hersey Hawkins in 1993 vs Mavs (both went 0-10).  You just got compared to Matt Geiger…EWWWW…But, how good was the “The Hawk”?
Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +6Spence returns to his double-double (or near) form and the Sixers win.  Go figure.  Hawes got off to a quick start with six in the 1st.  His five points in the 4th Q were huge too.  However his four 3PAs were not pleasing to watch.  The 3PA he tossed up early in the SC during the 4th Q drove me nuts.
Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +12Welcome back Jrue.  A solid shooting night and only two TOs. He scored four straight and seven overall in the big 3rd Q.  He also did a respectable job on Wall in the 2nd half (not so much in the 1st half).  Jrue got to the FT line and knocked ’em down as well.
Damien Wilkins, SG 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +9That’s more like it from DC’s favorite cagey veteran.
Arnett Moultrie, PF 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +5I coulda’ been a player this year…
Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +13A slow start and a couple of terrible 3PAs early in the 2nd Q kept #4 from getting an “A” tonight.
Lavoy Allen, C 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6Uggghhh
Justin Holiday, SG 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +13Congrats on your first NBA 3-pointer and a career-high scoring night.  Now go start the hot tub for Jrue and order some take out…
Nick Young, SG 9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6It was nice knowing you Swaggy.
Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | I read on Twitter that he had a nice jog around the monument area in DC.
Doug CollinsThe fact that he somehow motivated and coached this team to a road W this late in a lost season is no small miracle.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  The Sixers looked awful at the start of this one and many of us at Philadunkia were pleased too see that another tank job was on.  Wright started 1-3.  Turner went 0-3 in the 1st Q.  Swaggy was 0-2.  The Sixers were 1-8 on 3PAs.  They went 3+ minutes without a bucket.  Meanwhile John Wall was on fire, the Wiz scored 14 points in the paint, handed out 10 dimes and shot 61% from the field.

2.  But the Sixers recovered nicely (or unfortunately) in the 2nd Q.  The Sixers had an 11-4 run in the early 2nd Q, but the Wiz eventually built a 13-point lead in that Q and it looked like another tank was on for the Sixers.  Unfortunately they dug down deep and closed the half with a 20-8 run to make it a one-point game at the break.  The final minute of the half included and 8-2 streak by the Sixers.  Thad scored five straight in the Q and Wilkins put up six in the Q.  The Sixers closed to within one point at half.

3.  A great job of moving and sharing the ball tonight by the Sixers — especially in the late third and into the 4th Q.  Five players scored in double figures and two guys just missed out on double digits.  They also scored 40 FGs on 29 assists.

4.  Despite a 2-8 start in the 3rd Q and a stretch where they turned the ball over in four times in six possessions, the Sixers put this one away in the 3rd with 13-0 run that established an eight point lead for the Sixers.  That 13-0 developed into a 19-7 run to end the Q and they led by 9 after three.  Jrue had 7 in the Q and Hawes put up five.

5.  Beating th Wiz with John Wall is no small task of late…Since Wall returned from the knee injury that plagued him this year, Washington is 18-6…Swaggy P, a first-round draft pick by the Wizards in 2007, was booed when he entered the game for the first time as a visiting player at the Verizon Center.  In true Swaggy style, the boo’s amused NY so much that he covered his mouth with his hand to hide his laughter.

6.  The rumors on Collins job security for next year were rampant today and Collins had this to his say on his status with the 76ers: “I’ve told you all along, I’m not the topic of conversation.  We’re going to focus on the games, and we’re going to play those.  We’ll sit down at the end of the season, I’ve always done.  I’ve got a wonderful relationship with (owner) Josh Harris, and we will discuss what we need to do next year.”

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