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A Costly Win

Sweet Lou. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
If you haven't heard, the Sixers were dealt a potentially deadly blow in the third quarter tonight. Elton Brand went down with a dislocated shoulder. I'll have more on that later, for now, let's talk about this come-from-behind win and how the bench carried the Sixers to the win.

How's this for a stat:
  • Sixers starters: 19/43 from the floor, 44 points
  • Sixers bench: 17/35 from the floor, 49 points
Just an amazing display by the Sixers #6-9 players in their rotation. Reggie Evans had 9 boards (5 offensive) in 18 minutes. Thad shot 4/7 with a big three in the fourth, and 10 points total. Marreese Speights had 12 points and 7 boards in 19 minutes. And the man of the hour, Lou Williams was 9/17 from the floor, 2/4 from three for 25 points and absolutely put the team on his back down the stretch. Let's look a little closer.

With 3:51 to go, the game was tied 86-86. Here's what the Sixers did with their final 9 possessions:

  1. Iguodala misses jumper
  2. Lou gets a steal, takes it the distance for a layup (2 points)
  3. Iggy turns the ball over on the break, loses control of the ball on the way up.
  4. Lou drives to the hoop, misses a layup. Speights called for a B.S. basket interference.
  5. Lou hits a baby jumper early in the shot clock. (2 points)
  6. Lou misses a layup after blowing by his man. Follows his miss and scores. (2 points)
  7. Speights misses jumper from the foul line.
  8. Iggy misses a three, bad shot.
  9. Lou is fouled, makes 1/2. (1 point)
7 points in 9 possessions during crunch time probably doesn't get the job done on most nights. Tonight, however, the Sixers held Milwaukee to 2 points in the final 4 minutes of the game.

As Alvin said in the comments earlier, "This is the Lou Williams that we signed for $25m/5yr." Indeed.

A quick note about DiLeo's rotations. He seemed to let the flow of the game dictate his subs tonight, rather than mechanically putting a guy in according to a formula. He gave the bench guys some extra burn in the second because they were playing well. Same thing in the fourth, Reggie Evans worked his ass off for his minutes tonight, and he made the most of them.

Player of The Game: Loooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Team Record: 11-14 (ahead of the Knicks and the Bucks)
Up Next: The Wiz, again. Friday night, their place.
by Brian on Dec 17 2008
Tags: Basketball | Bucks | Elton Brand | Injuries | Lou Williams | Sixers |