Notes From The Sixers’ 84-75 Win Over Denver76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
The Philadelphia 76ers began their season on Wednesday night with a solid 84-75 win over Andre Iguodala and the Denver Nuggets. The Sixers, without prized off-season acquisition Andrew Bynum, took on what many consider to be one of the better teams in the Western Conference and turned in a strong effort.
The Sixers outscored the Nuggets 25-22 in the first quarter, 21-16 in the second, and 19-14 in the third. They fell into a bit of a lull during the second half, but strong performances from Spencer Hawes and Jrue Holiday helped the team preserve their first win of the season.
- Spencer Hawes may have turned in his best game as a Sixer. You have to give the former starter a lot of credit; Doug Collins decided to bring the big man off of the bench and Hawes embraced his new role in a big way. The center put up 16 points off of bench (including two three-pointers), dominated the glass with 12 rebounds, and was a defensive force in the paint with five blocked shots. He also added two assists and two steals. When the Nuggets made their run to make the game close, Hawes was one of the guys who rose up to help preserve the victory. His night ended with the fans at the Wells Fargo Center chanting his name.
- New additions Jason Richardson, Dorell Wright, and Nick Young had their ups and downs. The three shooters combined for 33 points, but also helped Denver get back into the game by falling in love with the three. These guys have the potential to really make a difference on this team, but they’ve got to be more selective with their shots in the future.
- Jrue Holiday turned in a solid performance with 14 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, and two steals. Holiday’s biggest play in the game came in the fourth quarter. With the Nuggets cutting the lead to one, Holiday regained momentum for the Sixers with a three-point play.
- Andre Iguodala has made it pretty well known that he considers himself a three-point shooter. Tonight he went 0-4. Altogether, Iggy shot just 5-13, and turned the ball over four times. Denver was a -19 with him on the floor. He didn’t do much to impress Nugget fans in his debut, and his performance had to make Sixer fans feel good.
- The other former Sixer visting Philadelphia tonight, Andre Miller, can still play. Miller scored 10 points, dished out five assists, and pulled in seven boards. He’s a guy that just flat out knows how to play, and he always seems to save his best efforts for his games against the 76ers.
- This was such a strong defensive effort by the Sixers. There were several stretches tonight that the team went a few minutes without hitting a field goal, but they were able to get away with it because of how strong they were on the defensive end.
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