The Philadelphia 76ers escaped with a 107-101 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center
The Sixers started out slow and were down 17 at halftime and it looked like Toronto was on their way to another win over the Sixers.
Terrence Ross seemed unstoppable for Toronto seemingly hitting every three he attempted, and the Raptors were playing at a different level than Philly in the first half.
The Raptors led by 19 at one point in the third quarter, but the Sixers suddenly picked up their defense and energy and kept the game close.
After sitting on the bench for most of the past few game, Nick Young played 30 minutes tonight for the Sixers and provided the spark and excitement we have grown accustomed to. One of the reasons Nick has seen a decrease in playing time lately is the idea he can’t play defense. However, if you watch closely he is a pretty good defender and certainly better at defense than Lou Williams who was a great bench player for the Sixers last year.
Thad Young was a big part of the Sixers comeback with 27 points and 14 rebounds. He made some key jumpers and grabbed some huge rebounds down the stretch.
As time began to wind down, it seemed like the Sixers efforts would come up short. However, with the Sixers down 2 and the Raptors with possesion, they were unable to inbound the ball cleanly and turned the ball over to the Sixers. Jrue Holiday drove the ball strongly to the basket and scored to force the game into overtime.
In the overtime, the Sixers and Jrue Holiday took over for good. Jrue hit some huge jump shots and finished the game with 33 points, falling 1 point short of his career high. He dished out 14 assists as well. Jrue will hope to make his first all star game as a reserve, and deserves to with the great year he has put together.
The Sixers will need to play a better overall game and come out with more energy from start to finish if they want to improve. The Sixers will focus their attention to the Spurs who will come into the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night.