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It's late, NBA.com decided to wait over three hours after the game ended to make the archive available, so I'm going to keep this one short and sweet. If you aren't impressed by a 103-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000 fans at the Wach., on the tail end of a back-to-back, one night after an emotional comeback on the road, then you don't have a pulse.

Less than 24 hours after being benched for the entire comeback in Chicago, Andre Miller picked this team up and put it on his back. He abused every defender the Spurs threw at him, and made it look pretty easy. 11/14 from the floor, 10/11 from the line. 32 points, 5 boards, 7 assists, 2 steals and 0 turnovers. Just an offensive gem from Miller, and a huge statement game as well. Tony Parker was impressive, but he was clearly the second-best point on the floor tonight.

Two other Sixers rose to the challenge in a big way. Samuel Dalembert played Tim Duncan straight up for most of the night. Duncan's production was way down (16 points and 7 boards) the entire game, but down the stretch, when San Antonio was furiously trying to come back, Sammy stood tall. On two plays in the waning minutes of the fourth the Spurs went to Duncan in the post. Sammy played Duncan mano-a-mano, didn't bite on a host of jukes, and blocked Duncan's shot both times. If you want to run a clinic on how to defend the low post, use the tape of those two plays as your guide.

The other guy we need to talk about is Andre Iguodala. For 37 minutes the Spurs had Bruce Bowen draped all over him. Bowen did everything but pull Iguodala's hair using his typical borderline dirty tricks. All it did was get Andre mad. Iguodala finished 9/18 from the floor, 3/5 from three, 4/4 from the line for 25 points with 5 boards and 4 assists. That kind of production against one of the best perimeter defenders in the league is outstanding.

The stat of the night has to be this: The Sixers turned the ball over 1 time in the first half, only 4 times the entire game.

Scoring 100 on the Spurs is no small feat. Great win and now a well-deserved rest for the Sixers who finished off a stretch of 5 games in 7 days with a 4-1 record (including 3 road wins). Allen Iverson and the Denver Nuggets come into Philly on Wednesday night. The Nuggets will be playing the tail end of a back-to-back (they face Detroit, at Detroit on Tuesday). I don't think they'll be able to run with the Sixers.

Player of The Game:
Andre Miller
Team Record: 33-34
Playoff Race: The Wizards and Nets both won, the Hawks were inactive. The deficit is 1 game for the 6th seed, the lead is 4.5 over the Nets, 5 over the Hawks.

Mo's best move of the game: When Tim Duncan sat down in the first half, Mo immediately went super-small with the lineup. The result, a 15-6 run.


by Brian on Mar 16 2008
Tags: Andre Miller | Basketball | Sixers | Spurs |