After four consecutive losses, the Sixers came out tonight to make a statement and prove everyone wrong. Unfortunately, they weren't trying to prove the point we were hoping. Instead, they were bound and determined to show that you can suck from the foul line and still win a game. Mission accomplished.
On a more serious note, you could visibly see Andre Iguodala still seething from the loss on Monday night. He took it out on the Wizards in every imaginable way tonight. His final line of 22 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists and 3 steals only tells part of the story (I'm going to conveniently ignore the 7 turnovers). Every time the Wizards went on a run in the second half, Iguodala put an end to it. His passes were crisp, his decisions were sound and his jumper was falling. This was an ugly game, tough to watch, but when Iguodala had the ball, I couldn't tear my eyes away from the screen.
Overall, the very beginning and the first half of the fourth quarter were poor for the Sixers. Mainly, it was their defense that let them down over those stretches. The middle part of the game was very, very good. They forced 21 turnovers and after a horrible rebounding performance early (they didn't grab their first board until half-way through the first quarter), they bounced back to out-rebound the Wizards for the game.
After four straight losses, a win is a win. If they're going to keep this momentum going, however, they're going to need a better defensive effort on Friday at New York.
Player of The Game: Iguodala.
Team Record: 28-28 (back to .500)
Up Next: @ NYK on Friday night. I'm considering going to this one.