Iguodala, Sixers Handle Nuggets

Box Score

Denver Stiffs

For the second consecutive game the Sixers held a double-digit fourth quarter lead, but unlike Friday they were able to hold on for the win. The game started out without a lick of defense being played, and the Nuggets lead 34-32 at the end of one. Tonight's first quarter, combined with the abysmal fourth quarter of Friday night's collapse against the Grizzles saw the Sixers allow a total of 76 points on defense. However; for the remainder of the game they "locked all windows and doors", allowing just 65.

The Sixers dominated the points in the paint, turnovers and assist categories, doubling-up the Nuggets in all three areas, while the Nuggets relied on their three-point shooting (10-19) to keep them close. Both teams got typical production from their explosive benches, with the Sixers holding a 46-39 advantage, including 3 players in double-figures, led by Thaddeus Young's 21.

This was a nice victory for the Sixers over a top 6 Western Conference opponent, but given the Nuggets now 8-14 road record, and their hit-or-miss effort with the year-long trade rumors hanging over their heads, it's difficult to get terribly excited. Tonight's win would've also been more satisfying if the Sixers held onto a 21-point second half lead against the Grizzlies two days ago. Tonight would've been the Sixers second consecutive quality win, and season-high fifth straight win -- tremendous momentum going into February. But, coulda, shoulda, woulda.

Individual observations after the jump.

  • Defensively, Jrue Holiday was abused by Chauncey Billups, especially during the Nuggets first-quarter explosion. On offense Jrue wasn't much better. He finished with 5 points on 7 shots, but did have 7 assists to only 1 turnover. His two makes came on a first-quarter three, and an impressive driving finish in the second half – other than that he was pretty invisible.
  • Andre Iguodala played like a man possessed tonight, and was clearly the best player on the floor. Not only did he stuff the stat sheet – 24 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, and 4 steals – he was efficient (only 12 shots and 1 turnover) and played stellar defense. He must've had at least half a dozen deflections, and helped force Carmelo Anthony into 6 turnovers and 3-12 shooting. He also had this sexy slam.
  • Elton Brand only played 27 minutes tonight because of foul trouble, minor injuries, and match-ups. He was on fire though, and scored 15 points on 7 shots. His mid-range J was as wet as ever.
  • Thaddeus Young's evening was filled with Thaddeus Young things – hustle, crafty finishes near the rim, efficient scoring, and dunks. He scored in a variety of ways tonight, and even mixed in a few rare jumpers. He finished with a line of 21 points on 12 shots, 7 boards (3 offensive), 3 turnovers, 1 assist, 1 steal and 2 blocks. My favorite plays from Thad came on his blocks – both were emphatic and unexpected.
  • Marresse Speights had solid production, but only played eight minutes and change. He rebounded well, made a jumper, and took a charge. The only way I can justify Speights receiving half the minutes Hawes gets is to keep a fire lit under the sometimes-lazy Mo Speezy, because he's clearly the better player.
  • Evan Turner had his ups and downs tonight. He finished with an impressive line of 11 points (on 13 shots), 8 rebounds (1 offensive), and 6 assists. He had some nice finishes, but also took a handful of awful, Boss-like shots. With Jrue struggling so much Turner played a lot of defense on Billups, and did a decent job. But where Turner really impressed tonight was his passing. He made a bunch of beautiful passes, and smart decisions, which explains his 6 assists and 0 turnovers.
Player of the Game: Andre Iguodala
Next up: Wednesday @ New Jersey
Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Liberty Ballers

You must be a member of Liberty Ballers to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Liberty Ballers. You should read them.

Join Liberty Ballers

You must be a member of Liberty Ballers to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Liberty Ballers. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.