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Sixers Hold On To Sweep Knicks

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The Sixers used a monstrous first quarter and an excellent final two minutes to hold off the Knicks for a rare four-game sweep. The second, third and most of the fourth wasn't pretty to watch, but the W is all that matters at this point. After the jump we'll take a look at how the Sixers did at what I pointed out as a key to the game earlier today.

Let's get right into the good stuff. I pointed to attacking the basket as the key to the game for the Sixers, here's how they did, quarter-by-quarter:

1st Quarter
  • 11 drives to the hoop
  • 2 turnovers
  • blocked once
  • 1 missed shot
  • fouled twice
  • 4 made hoops
  • 1 hoop + foul
  • 13 points
2nd Quarter
  • 14 drives to the hoop
  • 1 turnover
  • blocked once
  • 1 missed shot
  • fouled 5 times
  • 5 made hoops
  • 1 hoop + foul
  • 20 points
3rd Quarter
  • 12 drives to the hoop
  • 1 turnover
  • blocked once
  • 3 missed shots
  • fouled 5 times
  • 2 made hoops
  • 1 hoop + foul
  • 15 points
4th Quarter
  • 15 drives to the hoop
  • 2 turnovers
  • 2 missed shots
  • fouled 7 times
  • 5 made hoops
  • 1 hoop + foul
  • 23 points

Total
  • 52 drives to the hoop
  • 6 turnovers
  • blocked 3 times
  • 7 missed shots
  • fouled 19 times
  • 16 made hoops
  • 4 hoops + foul
  • 71 points
71 points on drives to the hoop, and that is not including offensive rebounds and put-backs off the missed hoops (of which I believe there were 4).

The Sixers were obviously the aggressors tonight, and they earned this win. They shot average (for them) from the line, but 75% gets the job done when you attempt 52 free throws.

I would've liked to have seen a complete game from the Sixers, but whenever you get a win on the road, you're happy. You're especially happy when your best player has an off night and you still win on the road.

A couple of notable things in DiLeo's rotation.

  1. Speights played 7 minutes in the second quarter. He picked up 2 quick fouls, gave up a couple of easy layups, got the hook and never returned. This could've been another case of DiLeo predicating Speights' minutes on effort, or it could've just been Reggie playing an effective second half. We should find out tomorrow night.
  2. After a couple of seriously stupid decisions in the fourth, DiLeo yanked Lou Williams and played Royal Ivey in the backcourt the rest of the way. Was this a sign that Lou's minutes will be cut if he doesn't straighten out? I hope so.
Thad is going to be my player of the game for two reasons. First, he went to the line 10 times (hitting 8) a career high. Two, because he showed some serious signs of life in the hustle and determination department. He had two sick blocks, and challenged several other shots. He also had an emphatic dunk early in the first quarter. I like seeing fire from the kid and 23 points on only 12 shots ain't too shabby either.

Andre Miller was Andre Miller. 25 points, 6 dimes, you know the drill. When the game was seriously in question with about 3 minutes to go, Iguodala came out of a timeout and hit a huge jumper from the elbow. Miller then took over and scored the next 4 points. Good to see those guys come up big when it mattered most.

Player of The Game: Thad
Team Record: 29-28
Up Next: @ Orlando, tomorrow night.