11/7/12 – In Wednesday night's game the Sixers (1-2) looked to rebound against the young up-start New Orleans Hornets (2-1). After two tough games against the veteran New York Knicks, this matchup was exactly what the Sixers needed. To make things even easier for them the Hornets' 3 best players were out tonight; 1st overall pick Anthony Davis (concussion), 10th overall pick Austin Rivers (finger), and very good scorer in Eric Gordon (knee). Philly needed to clean up their turnover problems and find a way to get some rhythm going on the offensive end of the court.
The game didn't start well for the Sixers. They turned the ball over 5 times in the quarter as the bad shooting and sluggish offense continued. New Orleans wasn't much better but was able to keep a 19-16 after the first quarter. In the 2nd Philly's undisciplined play was evident on both ends of the court with bad turnovers and bad fouls. They had their moments though when the offense clicked but this was only when the ball made its way all the way around in the half-court. They also picked it up on defense but Hawes was getting burned playing too soft on the pick n roll. It remained a tight contest because neither team was playing especially well, New Orleans was up 37-36 at the half. The Sixers had 14 turnovers in the first half and it was necessary for them to fix these problems in order to have a shot at the W. And in the 2nd half that's exactly what they did. In the 3rd they had much better possessions and were forcing a lot of Hornets turnovers, leading to easy buckets. A 10-0 run by the Sixers gave them a significant edge for the first time in the game. Jrue was playing the PG very well, Thad was all hustle, Hawes patrolled the middle effectively, and Turner had his best game of the season. After 3 Philly led 57-47. In the 4th the Sixers defense continued to play well and the Hornets continued to turn the ball over. Philly went on to roll to the easy victory. Final PHI 77-62.
1. Jrue – 38:56 mins., 14 pts., 5 rebs., 12 asts., 1 stl., 1 blk., 7 TOs
2. Turner – 35:35 mins., 14 pts., 8 rebs., 3 asts., 1 stl., 1 TO *** Player of the Game
3. Thad – 36:59 mins., 12 pts., 10 rebs., 1 ast., 2 TOs
4. Lavoy – 27:27 mins., 12 pts., 4 rebs., 1 blk., 2 TOs
5. Hawes – 23:18 mins., 11 pts., 6 rebs., 3 blks.
6. D Wright – 24:48 mins., 7 pts., 6 rebs., 2 asts., 2 stls., 1 blk., 2 TOs
7. Ivey – 20:33 mins., 3 pts., 2 rebs.
8. Swag Young – 18:23 mins., 2 pts., 1 ast., 1 stl., 1 TO
9. Wilkins – 10:50 mins., 2 pts., 1 reb.
10. Moultrie – 2:05 mins., 1 reb.
11. Wayns – 1:06 mins.
New Orleans -
Al-Farouq Aminu – 10 pts., 16 rebs., 3 asts., 2 stls., 4 TOs
Ryan Anderson – 9 pts., 10 rebs., 2 asts., 1 stl., 2 TOs
Jason Smith – 8 pts., 5 rebs., 5 blks., 4 TOs
Greivis Vasquez – 7 pts., 3 rebs., 7 asts., 5 TOs
This game was the tale-of-two-halves for the Sixers. In the 1st the turned the ball over way too much, giving the Hornets easy buckets. In the 2nd the Sixers forced the Hornets turnovers to turn the ball over a ton, giving them some easy opportunities while only committing 1 themselves. Its clear that Philly's roster is going to take some time to mesh. In the time being its good to see Jrue becoming the true point guard that we need him to be. Evan Turner finally had a decent game after starting really slow. He let the game come to him tonight and wasn't forcing up bad shots. He was content with the mid-range J right around the free-throw line, where he excels, and helped to bring the Sixers some momentum when they were in need.
Key stats: Turnovers – PHI-16 NO-24; Philly also had 5 players in double figures while New Orleans had 1 whose was their high scorer w/ 10. After this seemingly 'easy' game they will have a much tougher test on Friday against the rival Boston Celtics. Friday 7:30 p.m. @ Boston. More to come…
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