The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Dallas Mavericks 100-98. This game was terrible for both teams in one area: Turnovers. Both teams had costly turnovers in the 4th quarter that made this game more interesting than it should’ve been.
Sixers had a 9 point lead with just under two minutes remaining. They lost that lead quickly by turnovers. Ironically, they built that lead by getting 6 straight steals. I mean both teams were basically trying to give the game away. It was amazingly painful.
I said the Sixers would lose. It’s not like the Sixers really won though; they just avoided a loss. But that’s a sign of a good team: Winning games you’re not suppose to win. Overcoming a bad performance to still come out on top. Sixers won’t have a super game each time they step on the court. But they are good enough they can still give themselves a chance at victory.
Scoring wise, the Sixers were led by Evan Turner and his 22 points. Turner’s been having his best season of his career and I’m really hoping he’s taking the next step. He was picked #2 int he 2010 draft which was actually a miracle in itself. Anyway, he may never live up to being what people always see a top 5 pick: Superstar. But, if he and Jrue continue to play at a high level and if they can gel with Bynum when (still optimistic!) joins the team…well that’s why I figured the Sixers can be the 2nd best team in the East.
Jrue Holiday had a horrible game last year vs the Mavs. Tonight, he had 18 points and 7 assists. He also did another great job defensively. Like I said, both teams were just giving the ball away. Many steals tonight. Jrue had 6 turnovers. Not good at all. Thad Young was the 3rd guy to lead the team. He also had 20 points as well as 7 rebounds.
One negative thing about the Sixers besides the turnovers was the bench. Now I said during the game (I tweet during the games remember? Follow me @DanteWrites) that I believe the Sixers’ bench from last season is better than this year’s version. But Mavs had 46 points off the bench vs 28 from the Sixers is not what we’re used to. We’ll need Nick Young and Dorell Wright to shoot better. For now, we’ll take it.
Mavs were led early on by Chris Kamen and Elton Brand. Kamen had many fadeaways and mid range jumpers to get to 20 points and 4 rebounds. Brand had a classic Brand game as we’ve seen him do with the Sixers. He had 17 points and 8 rebounds and I miss him but we had to amnesty him. It had to happen. If only his contract wasn’t so bad…
It was close. It was weird. But, the Sixers pulled it out. I’m glad I’m wrong. Up next are the Bobcats in what could be a trap game. Sixers seem to always play on the same level of their opponents. Blown out by the Pistons but take the Thunder to OT. We can’t do that. Bring the A game every night no matter who you’re facing.