Well, the losing streak is over. The Nets graciously hosted the Sixers for a romp reminiscent of the 20-9 start. Doug Collins' panic button starting lineup laid an egg, but the bench was buoyed by a seemingly motivated Spencer Hawes. The Sixers gradually pulled away from the Nets for their elusive 30th win of the season. (game capsule)
Here's your rotation chart. Note how bad the "new" starting lineup was:
It looked like more of the same early in the first quarter. Good defense, squandered by a helpless offense, but the Sixers hung in there long enough for their bench to come in and provide the separation needed for another blowout win, though it's probably hard to recall the last one.
It wasn't a particularly good game for any of the starters. Had Jodie Meeks hit even a couple of his wide-open looks, the game would've been out of reach much earlier. Jrue had some moments, but not many after the half. Iguodala had a couple of nice plays, a couple of bad turnovers, but he shot 4/4 from the line, including 2/2 in the fourth, so the consummate team player in this one. Thad, Lou and Hawes carried the scoring load, with 58 points between them. Evan Turner didn't quite show the same enthusiasm as Hawes for his demotion to the bench brigade. Turner finished 1/4 without many memorable plays in his 19 minutes of action.
Collins seemed to really want this win. He didn't get the starters out until the final couple of minutes, which seemed odd to me, considering they have another game tomorrow night.
It was a win they needed, considering how long it's been since they had one. The Knicks lost to the Bulls, so the Sixers slide back into the #7 seed, 1 game ahead of NY, 2 games ahead of the Bucks. 3 games behind the Celtics for the #4 seed. 3.5 games behind the Magic for #6.
Player of The Game: Hawes. Mainly he got the nod because he didn't take a bunch of jumpers and he had an efficient game off the bench. I believe he's the first player of the game to get dunked on by Johan Petro and Jordan Williams in said game, but he earned it.
Team Record: 30-27
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