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Willie GreenThe Sixers finished off their games against the Toronto Raptors tonight in Philly, and did it in style with a 99-95 win. It's a rare night when my recap post features a Willie Green picture, but Willie earned it tonight with his 23 points, 4 rebound, 5 assist performance (he only turned the ball over twice). I won't keep you in suspense, Willie is your player of the game.

Green keyed the third-quarter rally that saw the Sixers push their lead to 20 points, and provide enough of a cushion to hold off a furious comeback by the Raptors in the fourth.

Andre Iguodala turned in a stellar game (20 points, 4 boards, 6 assists, 5 steals and only 1 turnover), Dalembert notched his 16th double-double of the year with 13/14, but more importantly he stayed out of foul trouble and saw 43 minutes of action, most against Chris Bosh.

The Sixers failed to defend the three-point line again, the Raptors shot 8/16. But they eliminated the other trouble spots tonight, shooting 20/24 from the foul line and only turning the ball over 13 times, while causing 16.

As disappointing as the Boston loss was last night, when you look at the bigger picture, the Sixers should be very happy with this past week. They fought tooth-and-nail and put themselves in a position to beat the two best teams in the league (San Antonio and Boston), and they won on the second night of back-to-backs against two playoff teams from last season (Houston and Toronto).

The hardest stretch of their schedule is over, and while it started badly, they finished up the last four games strong. They play 10 of their next 14 at home, and the road games come at Atlanta, Charlotte, New York and Minnesota. Over the next month they only play 4 legit playoff teams. If a run is to be made, this is the stretch of schedule where they need to make it.

Player of The Game: Willie Green
Team Record: 16-25
by Brian on Jan 19 2008
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