|19,283 lucky fans packed the Wells Fargo Center last night to see the Sixers take on OKC in what unfortunately wound up being a heartbreaking overtime loss. As an outside observer, watching from home, this was easily the best crowd I've seen for a home Sixers game since the final game at the Spectrum two seasons ago. I hope this is the beginning of a trend that will carry over right into the playoffs, and if you're thinking about maybe attending a game, there are a few big matchups on the upcoming schedule.|
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|It's taken several hours, but I feel like I can finally remove myself from the emotion involved in last night's 110-105 overtime loss enough to find some meaning. What went wrong? What went right? Who (if anyone) is to blame? Let's discuss.|
|The prevent offense run by the Sixers for the final three minutes of regulation is a perfect way to give a game away. Andre Iguodala was put on Kevin Durant's list and Jrue Holiday was shoved to the side after outplaying Russell Westbrook for three quarters. Tough loss to swallow, all things considered.|
|30-17 over their last 47. 9-2 over their last 11. 15-5 in their last 20 home games. These streaks are meaningless to a lot of people. Some are starting to catch on, but I think what's missing is a signature win. Why the San Antonio win doesn't count is beyond me, maybe it's just that the Spurs aren't everyone's darling. Enter Kevin Durant and the uber-special OKC Thunder. Tonight is a chance for the Sixers to make a statement on their home floor and send a message people can't ignore.|
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|The Sixers came out with bad intentions at the Conseco Fieldhouse tonight, then spent the rest of the game toying with the Pacers emotions before finally putting them to sleep with a late burst to secure the double-digit road win. Andre Iguodala reminded Danny Granger why he was stapled to the bench for Team USA this summer en route to another double-double.|
|The honeymoon is over for Frank Vogel as Jim O'Brien's replacement in Indy. After a 9-3 start, the Pacers have dropped 5 of their last six games and with a win tonight, the Sixers can push their lead over the #8 seed to 6 games with only 19 left to play.|
|After 62 games, the Sixers have outscored their opponents by 124 points, exactly 2 points-per-game. It's taken some time, but Doug Collins has established an 8-man rotation with a 9th floater at the five. Within that 8 or 9-man rotation, roles have been clearly defined and production has been consistent, for the most part. Of course, in any group, there's a weak link. I think you can probably guess who the Sixers' weak link has been this season.|
|It's been 15 games since Andre Iguodala was given a greater share of the team's initiating responsibilities. Over that time, the Sixers have won 11 and dropped only 4. Let's take a closer look at what the change has meant for the team.|
|A slow start in the first followed by a bench explosion to push the lead to 18 points, then a miserable third quarter before Collins found the right combo. Jrue, Meeks, Turner, Iguodala and Thad played all but two seconds of the final 10 minutes in the 4th and OT. The exclamation point on the win came on Andre Iguodala's 10th assist with 17 seconds left.|
|Throughout the week, basketball writers from the major sites have a number of chats and run rumor columns. Every once in a while, they actually talk about the Sixers. In this column, GoSixers has aggregated the relevant stuff from the chats. You'll see stuff in here that will make you scratch your head, but keep in mind, these guys are experts.|
|It wasn't as demonstrative as I would've liked, but I'll take it. Good to see a couple guys stiffen when Minnesota came back to tie it and say, "No way we're losing this game." The non-pathetic triple-double is your player of the game.|