The Philadelphia 76ers win their first game of the 12-13 season against the Denver Nuggets 84-75. Andre Iguodala made his return but didn’t shoot very well. Sadly, this will be how Sixers fans will remember him. I would make a comment about the booing of Iguodala but I mentioned on Twitter how I give up trying to justify Iguodala as a very good player to the city of Philadelphia.
So, the game was sloppy for the most part. Neither team played at their best. So don’t think the Nuggets are not a good team anymore. Trust me, they will be making noise and the Sixers lucked out. It’s a good sign that the Sixers were able to pull out a close game even in a sloppy game like this.
I made a note in the preview of making sure to rebound the ball. Sixers didn’t do a great job in that area in the first half. In the end, the Sixers did lose the rebounding battle 54-47. Also, points in the paint was something to look at. At one point, the Nuggets had 26 points and 22 of them came from the paint. That’s really not a good sign especially when you go against teams that thrive in the paint. In all, the Nuggets had 48 points out of their 75.
Nobody shot well. Sixers made 3-pointers but they shot 28% while the Nuggets shot 22%. FG% was 35% for the Sixers vs 37% for the Nuggets so the Nuggets actually shot better from the field. So how did the Sixers make up for that? They shot 81% at the line while the Nuggets shot a terrible 45%. Better yet, the Sixers had 17 points from the line while the Nuggets only had 5 points. That’s 12 points right there.
Sixers had 5 players in double figures. Jrue Holiday had a double-double with 14 points and 11 assists. But the player of the game has to be Spencer Hawes. 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks. He hit 2 3-pointers and each of his blocks were just filthy.
The next game is on Sunday vs divisional rival Knicks and actually the game after that is on Monday vs the Knicks again. A very cool start to the season and I can’t wait to see what Bynum does to the team.