If you can somehow put the final 3:41 of this game out of your mind, the Sixers absolutely dominated the Suns tonight for their 19th win of the year. You know what, I'm going to forget the finishing stretch of this game, it wasn't indicative of the other 44 minutes and change.
Player of The Game:
- This game featured essentially the perfect mix from the Sixers. Their first unit dominated with defense, led by Jrue's second consecutive excellent defensive effort. The bench came in an overpowered Phoenix with offense, led by one of the best games I've ever seen Thad play. The first half was definitely his best half as a Sixer.
- Coaching move of the century: Spencer Hawes came out playing sloppy, lazy basketball. Doug Collins yanked him 4:34 into the first quarter and sat him on the bench for the rest of the game. No token run with the starters at the beginning of the third. He may as well have sent him home. It's about time Hawes paid the price for his lazy, disinterested play. Hopefully, he'll be out of the starting lineup when the Sixers take the court on Wednesday night.
- Evan Turner had an excellent game. 6/10 from the floor, 8 boards, 5 assists, 1 block and only 1 turnover to go along with his 14 points off the bench.
- Lou Williams played what was probably his best game of the season. In fact, the trio of Lou/Thad/Turner was just unbelievable. Check out this combined line: 22/35 from the floor, 2/5 from three, 6/6 from the line, 17 boards, 16 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 52 points.
- Thad carried the offense in the second quarter, Brand was basically unstoppable in the third. He finished with 22 points on 16 possessions and 9 boards in only 27 minutes.
- The Suns were on the last game of a long trip, maybe they were already on the plane, but the Sixers were absolutely relentless for the first 44 minutes. After the first quarter, Phoenix was never in this game and they never came close to matching the Sixers' energy. Great win.
@ Toronto, Wednesday night.