Game Info: 7 p.m. ET, Wells Fargo Center. Airing on TNT
The Sixers celebrate Martin Luther King Day by hosting the Spurs at the Wells Fargo Center. San Antonio heads into town after beating the Hawks 98-93 Saturday night. Tony Parker led the Spurs with 23 points and 12 assists, while the front court of Tiago Splitter and Kawhi Leonard combined for 28 points and 12 rebounds. “The Red Rocket” Matt Bonner contributed 17 points off the bench as he was perfect from three. The Spurs shot 48 percent from the field but were dominated on the boards 50-39. The Sixers have had off since Friday when they beat the Raptors 108-100 in overtime. After being completely outplayed in the first half, Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday led a dramatic second half comeback. Holiday tied his career high with 33 points and 14 assists and was unstoppable in the second half. Thaddeus Young controlled the boards with 14 rebounds to go with 27 points. The defense was superb in the second half forcing 18 Toronto turnovers for the game. They outrebounded the Raptors 42-39 and completely controlled the Raptors in overtime. The point guard matchup of Parker and Holiday will be worth the price of admission alone tonight. Tim Duncan will return after missing Saturday night’s game and Thaddeus Young better be prepared to work hard. Manu Ginobili is out, so the Spurs bench does not have their spark plug. If the Sixers can bring the same defensive intensity they had in the second half of the Toronto game Friday night, they have a shot to knock off a Western Conference powerhouse. The problem for the Sixers this season is you dont know what you are going to get on any given night.
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