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Sixers Avoid the Trap

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Second night of a back-to-back, fourth game in five nights, 1,200 miles of travel in the dead of night to face a bad team. I'd say a 20-point victory is something to be proud of. The Sixers used a balanced attack, putting seven players in double figures (and Evan Turner at 9 points), and putting the Timberwolves to sleep in the process.

Charts (rotations coming later)

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  • It took the Sixers about 12 minutes to wake up, but once the second quarter began, they really didn't look back. They won each of the last three quarters, they shared the ball, shared the scoring. They teamed up on Kevin Love and made the rest of the T-Wolves beat them, which they couldn't.
  • This game wasn't really about beating the Timberwolves, this was about backing up the San Antonio win on Friday night with a solid performance. It was about keeping the momentum going and not falling prey to a typical trap game against a bad team, on the road. This is probably a game they would've lost in years past, but something seems different this season.
  • Notable good play from Thad (your player of the game), who came to life in the second half and scored in a variety of ways; Turner, who was excellent on the glass and made a handful of really nifty passes without turning the ball over, Jrue, whose defense was stellar, again; Jodie, who pushed the action early and canned a big three late; Iguodala, who played a solid all around game, but more importantly, got to the line 9 times (hitting 8); Lou, who really couldn't hit a shot to save his life, but got to the line and did a very good job of setting his teammates up; Hawes, who hit 6/7 from the floor and was only made to look foolish a couple times on the defensive end; and Brand, who took on Love and really worked hard to extend out to him at the three-point line, which is a tough assignment. Brand also did a good job on the boards, grabbing 8 defensive and limiting Love to only 3 offensive, which is an accomplishment.
  • It was great to see Collins not only use Jrue, Turner and Iguodala together to great effect in the first half, but to go back to that combo in the fourth quarter to put the game away. More of that, please.
  • Overall, just a solid win. Here's a fun fact for you, the Sixers have won their last two road games by 54 points combined.

Player of The Game: Thad. 9/13 from the floor for 18 points. 3 boards, 2 assists, 1 steal and +28 in his 28 minutes of work.
Team Record: 26-28
Up Next: @ Memphis, Tuesday night.
Game capsule (coming soon)