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Kevin Durant and Chris Wilcox were missing from the Supersonics' lineup, tonight as the Sixers cruised to a 98-90 win to improve to 2-1 on their 6-game road trip. The Sonics were obviously depleted, but a win is a win, and you still have to play the games.

The Sixers toyed with their rotations again, trying to figure out what to do without Kyle Korver, where to fit in Gordan Giricek and limit Rodney Carney's overall damage. Calvin Booth saw a little more action tonight, probably a way for Mo to manage Dalembert's minutes on this trip, especially on the tail end of a back-to-back.

The story of the game for the Sixers was Lou Williams' clutch play in the fourth quarter, and the ice in Andre Iguodala's veins. Lou scored 13 of his 19 in the 4th, including going 11/12 from the line. Iguodala finished the third with a deep three at the buzzer to push the lead to 11 points, then finished the fourth with two free throws to put the final nail in the coffin. Andre totaled 25 points on 9/16 from the floor, 2/4 from three, with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Sammy Dalembert continued his defensive onslaught, tallying 6 blocks and 2 steals and altering numerous other attempts in the paint. Seattle settled for jumpers for pretty much the entire second half.

Half-way through the trip the Sixers are 2-1, now come the hard games. Wednesday night, they head to Utah to face a Jazz team who ended Portland's 13-game streak tonight. Then it's off to L.A. to face the Lakers and finally a stop in Denver to face A.I. If the Sixers can take one of those three games, and finish this trip at .500 you have to consider the trip as a whole a success. If they win two, it's been a great trip. If they lose the next three, they pretty much won the games they were supposed to and lost the games they should've. We have to hope for better than that.

Player of The Game: Lou Williams.
Team Record: 14-17
by Brian on Jan 1 2008
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