The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 86-79 to improve to 6-4 on the season. Yay.
The Sixers were led by Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. Let’s talk about Turner first.
Evan started the season shooting like crap. He was building houses. Heck, he could’ve rebuilt the twin towers! But seriously, he wasn’t doing a good job. But he kept shooting. And shooting. And shooting. And he eventually got himself out of the slump. He’s not a terrific shooter but he’s got a reliable game again. He had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists in this one. He had a great overall game. this is what people meant when they said he was another Iguodala.
Meanwhile, Jrue played well on defense. No, he played great on defense. In fact, he cover Kyrie Irving like a mattress cover on a mattress. He was all over Irving. And that effort cannot go unnoticed. It just can’t. If Jrue wasn’t on his game defensively, this game could’ve been a loss. Irving is 5th in the league in scoring with 24 PPG. Jrue held him down to 9 points on 4-14 shooting. It wasn’t ALL Jrue, but he was on Irving for the most part. He did add in 14 points and 9 assists too.
It was a close battle all game, as I figured it would be. It was also a poor shooting game too which I guessed would happen when you match up one of the best offenses with one of the best defenses. I mean, the teams were opposite. Sixers lost the rebounding battle by only 7 though. Sixers shot better than the Cavs but Cavs did have more attempts most likely from offensive rebounds and put backs.
Nick Young was having a solid shooting game until a fall on the ground caused him some dizziness and he wasn’t able to play the rest of the game.
Sixers’ have to rely on Jrue and Evan to carry the team like this. I keep saying it, but it’s true. I am enjoying watching them grow as the players I always hoped they would be. Next game is vs the Raptors on Tuesday.