|In front of a pitifully small crowd (8,612) the first-place Sixers put another team to sleep. The Pacers were without Danny Granger and George Hill, but they put up a much better fight than the first two teams to enter the WFC. Ultimately, their fate was the same, though a double-digit win for the home team. (game capsule)|
|If this script was so enjoyable, it might become tiresome. The Sixers, again, built a meager lead through the first half, then absolutely ran another team out of the gym in the second half. Last night, the victim was the Toronto Raptors who were ready to jump on the bus and get out of Philly halfway through the third quarter. The final was 97-62 and if Collins hadn't called off the dogs early in the fourth, they might've won by 50. (game capsule)|
|The Sixers let the Pistons hang with them through three quarters in their home opener last before taking off the kid gloves and blowing Detroit out of the water with a 32-point fourth quarter, en route to a 96-73 win. (game capsule)|
|The Sixers weathered a terrible first half, an up-and-down third quarter, then absolutely blew the Hornets' doors off in the fourth to pick up their third win of the season, 101-93 (game capsule). This game showed us a lot about this young team, how far they've come in the past 14 months, and what still needs to be done for them to take the next step.|
|The Sixers finished off 2011 in style with a 107-79 trouncing of the Golden State Warriors (game capsule). Happy New Year everyone, and just remember, by the transitive property, the Sixers are better than the Bulls and Knicks (both lost to GSW).|
|If the question is whether the Sixers have made a leap, after Portland the answer was probably not, after Phoenix it was maybe, after Utah...definitely not yet. After out-classing the Jazz for the first 16 minutes of this game, they suddenly decided they were too good to do the things you need to do to win on the road, and a terrible Jazz team showed them what happens when you take things for granted on the road in this league. (game capsule).|
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|Fight back against a good team on the road: check. Demolish a bad team on the road: check. Build up a big lead, don't let the other team come back: check. Three minor items on the Sixers to-do list early in the season, all three in the yes column. 103-83 was the final in Phoenix last night (game capsule).|
|Maybe this is what all that heartache set them up for. Maybe failing to close game after game after game in the regular season gave them the fortitude to never say die when the death would've been literal. Maybe it was running without a timeout, letting the players make their own luck on the floor. Whatever did it, this was easily the sweetest win of the year. A tremendous comeback topped with clutch play from the team's youngest players.|
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|Leaving the WFC on Thursday night, I actually felt a little bit hopeful about the Sixers. Without the benefit of replays or closeups or expert analysis, I thought Jrue played an excellent game. I thought the Sixers outplayed Miami for long stretches and Elton Brand soundly won his matchup with Bosh. Last night, I had a chance to watch the replay to see if those thoughts held up when I rewatched the game on DVR.|
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|Great crowd, great energy, great game plan. The Sixers played about as well as they possibly could have tonight against the Miami Heat, and the result was a 6-point loss in front of packed house. Nothing to be ashamed of as a Sixers player, or a Sixers fan, for that matter.|
|Wow. Well, I'm not sure exactly how you break down an utter humiliation like we saw tonight in Miami. Nothing the Sixers tried to do on the offensive end had even a slight level of success. The defense wasn't bad early, but it abandoned them as the game wore on and the deficit continually grew. If something doesn't change, this is series is a sweep.|
|Taking game one in Miami would've been unbelievable. Ideal, even. It didn't happen, but perhaps something more important did. No one knew if the Sixers who went on that tremendous run could suddenly reappear for the playoffs. Well, they did, in a big way.|
|There's absolutely no reason to be up in arms about tonight's loss the Detroit Pistons. The game was meaningless, and Doug Collins pretty much treated as such. There was very little to be gained from this game heading in, and he probably came out with more than he thought he'd get.|
|It's all semantics at this point anyway. The Sixers continued their string of poor play tonight against the Magic, only this time they added lazy on top of poor. This was, without a doubt, the worst effort I've ever seen on the defensive glass. Miami won, Boston lost so we're now locked into a 2-7 battle against the Miami Heat.|
|There was absolutely nothing pretty about this game. The Sixers played a depleted, bad team, they let them hang around. They almost let them come back and win it. Almost is the key, though. They came out on top. When you look back at the team's overall record, this one counts just as much as the win in Chicago. It's only when you grade a game on the hope it gives you that this one will be found wanting.|