11/9/12 – In the second game of the road trip, the Sixers went to Boston on Friday night to take on the Celtics. Going into the game the Sixers (2-2) had been struggling to find an offensive rhythm and were ranked last in the league shooting and points per game (83.3). The stellar play of Jrue Holiday has been carrying the Sixers as he becomes their 'court general' and is averaging close to a double-double. Turner also played well in the previous game against New Orleans. For the Sixers to have a shot against the Celtics they needed a supreme effort from both Holiday and Turner, in order to keep up with the star-power of the Celtics' Pierce, Rondo, and Garnett.
The game began with the Sixers playing to their strength, running the break and taking advantage of their athleticism. In the first half defense would help the Sixers make their mark, leading to 18 fast-break points and a lead. They were able to maintain their lead into half time due to a good effort shooting from 3 and getting buckets in the paint. Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday led the way. However the veteran Celtics wouldn't go down quietly and hung around late into the game. Rondo had another double-double with an astounding 20 assists, while Pierce, Garnett, and 6th man Jason Terry also got theirs. But the Sixers continued to run and gun on Boston, which proved to be the difference in the game. They won the fast-break margin 26-9 and demonstrated outstanding hustle on both ends of the court. They held off a late Celtics rally to win their 2nd straight. Final: PHI 106-100
1. Jrue – 41:34 mins., 21 pts., 4 rebs., 14 asts., 2 stls., 2 blks., 7 TOs **** Tie: Players of the Game
2. Turner – 40:32 mins., 25 pts., 11 rebs., 4 asts., 1 stl., 1 blk., 3 TOs ****
3. Thad Young – 40:20 mins., 15 pts., 5 rebs., 2 asts., 2 stls., 3 blks.
4. D Wright – 35:48 mins., 15 pts., 4 rebs., 3 asts., 4 stls., 2 TOs
5. Swag Young – 18:06 mins., 10 pts., 1 reb., 1 ast., 1 stl., 2 TOS
6. Hawes – 21:53 mins., 8 pts., 6 rebs., 1 ast., 1 TO
7. Lavoy – 22:41 mins., 6 pts., 4 rebs., 1 ast., 1 blk.
8. Royal Ivey – 12:27 mins., 6 pts., 1 reb., 1 ast., 1 stl.
9. Moultrie – 6:29 mins., 2 rebs., 1 stl., 1 TO
Rajon Rondo – 14 pts., 2 rebs., 20 asts., 2 stls., 4 TOs
Paul Pierce – 24 pts., 4 rebs., 5 asts., 2 stls., 3 TOs
Kevin Garnett – 19 pts., 10 rebs., 2 asts., 2 stls., 1 TO
Jason Terry – 13 pts., 1 reb., 1 ast., 1 stl., 1 TO
As bad as the Sixers looked last week against the Knicks, they looked that much better against the Celtics. Despite still being without starters Jason Richardson and their best player Andrew Bynum, the Sixers played a great game because they did several things well. 1) They played very good defense and forced the break to get easy buckets 2) They moved the ball well on offense and drove to the hoop instead of settling for jumpers 3) They got great performances from Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. Jrue continues to look like an upper echelon NBA PG this season. Turner had his best game of the season and is starting to platy like the tough and aggressive forward that we need him to be. D Wright, Thad, and Swaggy P also shot and played well.
The Sixers have to continue their aggressiveness and will have to rely on their deep bench in the 2nd game of a back to back on Saturday night in Toronto. Game's @ 7:00 on TCN v. Raptors. More to come…
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