The Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Boston Celtics 106-100 Friday to improve to 3-2 on the season. I said in the preview that Sixers would lose and I hoped they would win because they needed a quality win. Welp, they did it. They had a great game and beat a very good team in the Celtics.
The Sixers were led by the duo that is suppose to be leading the team while Bynum is out: Evan Turner and player of the game, Jrue Holiday. Holiday had a career 14 assists in this one along with 21 points. He continues to have turnover problems but for now I’m willing to link it to the fact that Jrue is handling the ball for the most out of his career. Normally, players like Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala held the ball too.
Sixers started the game off like what we’ve seen all season. Bad shots, turnovers, and no defense. Then, something clicked. Something snapped and the Sixers roared back from being down by 6 to tie the game. But they didn’t stop there. They took the lead mid way through the 1st quarter and never trailed since.They led by as much as 16.
Turner, after starting the first 3 games of the season in a shooting slump, had yet another solid offensive production with 25 points and 11 rebounds. If Jrue and Evan keep playing the way they did tonight and then Bynum comes back at full strength doing what made him the second best Center in the NBA, then the Sixers become what I envisioned them to be for the season: possibly the second best team in the Eastern Conference.
Dorell Wright and Thad Young added 15 points each. Sixers shot 7-13 from beyond the arc. Interestingly enough, both the Sixers and Celtics shot the same FG%: 48. Sixers shot 48.8 while Celtics shot 48.7. But, you can find the difference. Sixers made 7 3-pointers while the Celtics made 4. So that gives the Sixers a 9 point advantage. But, Celtics made 22 free throws while the Sixers made only 19. So that’s a 3 point difference for Boston. 9-3=6, and there’s the game difference.
Peirce led the Celtics with 24 points and Rondo had an amazing 20 assists.
The next Sixers game is actually tomorrow vs the Raptors. The game vs the Celtics is key in showing divisional dominance. I just wish they brought this game vs the Knicks…oh well, Sixers did their thing and now we hope they can repeat it.