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Sixers cruise past Pacers for 7th win in last 8 games

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It's getting late, so I'll keep this short with a few bullet points and thoughts.  The Sixers came away with their 7th win in the last 8 games, pulling to within a half game of the idle Knicks and 3.5 of Atlanta, who lost to the Lakers by 14 at home.

 

  • This was one of those rare wire to wire wins for the Sixers.  For once, the starting lineup got off to a good start.  They had been scored by the other teams starting lineup to start the game in 6 of the previous 9 contests.  
  • Andre Iguodala didn't record a triple double for the first time in 3 games, nor did he score 20 points.  Therefore, he stinks.
  • Danny Granger scored only 11 points on 11 shots, while having more turnovers than assists.  Purely coincidence, and previously said stinky player should get no credit for that performance (even though it's happened before).
  • Outside of the turnovers, particularly in the second quarter, Jrue Holiday played very well.  His offensive game is so much more diverse than could have been reasonably expected at this stage of his development.
  • Is Thaddeus Young to the point where 18-9 on only 13 shots doesn't even get noticed?  He's playing out of his mind, averaging 16.8 points on 62.2% from the field in only 28 minutes per game over the last 11.  
  • Elton Brand's been struggling quite a bit lately.  He's scored 13 points per game or less in 3 of the past 4 games, shooting 43% in those three games.  He's averaging only 6.1 rebounds per game over his last 4 games, less than Thad (7.8, in a minute+ less per game).
  • Evan Turner's hit double figures in scoring in 6 of the past 8 games (10.5 points/game on 54.1% from the field over that span).  His midrange game has been money lately.  He may not look like Ohio State Evan Turner yet, but he's certainly a contributor on a good team right now.  
  • Jodie Meeks is money.
  • I was very happy to see Psycho-T fall a point shy of a career high on us tonight.
Next up, OKC at the Wells Fargo Center.
Player of the game: Iguodala.  Would have been Young, but Iguodala's defense on Granger was just too much to ignore.
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I'll cap the night with one of the defensive highlights of the season.  Enjoy.