The Sixers continued their winning ways on the road, albeit in less than picture perfect fashion, winning 82-77 against the Nets. It was only the Sixers second road win in 12 tries this season.
Spencer Hawes and his new hair cut led the way offensively with 18 points on 8-11 shooting (2-3 from downtown) to go along with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocked shots. Jrue Holiday joined him with 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The rest of the team, by and large, struggled. Jodie Meeks struggled for the first time this year when he's been in the starting lineup, shooting only 1-6 from downtown and taking 13 shots to score his 12 points, although he did have a better floor game than we're accustomed to seeing from him (4 assists represents more than he had in his previous 5 starts combined). Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Louis Williams and Evan Turner combined to shoot 3-21 to score their 12 points.
The Nets kept themselves in the game by collecting 19 offensive rebounds in their 54 opportunities, The Sixers worst defensive rebounding game since November 5th against Cleveland. The Sixers initial defense was solid, as they held the punchless Nets to 34.1% from the field.
Of course, it would be impossible to have a Sixers vs Nets game without bringing up the #2 and #3 picks. Evan Turner played an Evan Turner game, including the good and (mostly) frustrating, playing good defense while grabbing 6 defensive rebounds in 15 minutes and looking lost offensively. Derrick Favors, meanwhile, collected a double double, scoring 10 points, grabbing 13 rebounds (5 offensive) while playing perhaps his good start of the season. Figures.
Player of the game: Spencer Hawes
Next up: Clippers, Wednesday, at the Wells Fargo Center.