The Philadelphia 76ers won their second straight game on Friday night, taking down the division rival Boston Celtics 106-100 in Boston.The team’s record now stands at 3-2 on the season.
- This was a great win for the young Sixers. They had an opportunity to take a game from their top competition in the Atlantic Division, and they went on the road and got the job done. They were able to soundly defeat the Celtics, and they did it without the presence of their prized off-season acquisition, Andrew Bynum.
- Jrue Holiday continues to play at a fantastic level. The young point guard has come out of the gates strong, and put up another double-double with 21 points and 14 assists. We’ve only played five games so far, but you have to love what you’ve seen from Jrue to this point.
- Evan Turner played his best game of the season, putting up a double-double of his own with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
- The Sixers got 24 points from their bench tonight, receiving nice individual efforts from Spencer Hawes, Royal Ivey, and Nick Young. Hawes put up eight points and six rebounds, but also picked up five fouls. Ivey put up six points, and did a nice job spelling Holiday at the point. Young scored 10 points on nine shots, including two threes.
- Dorell Wright got another start for Jason Richardson, and made the most of his opportunity with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, and four steals. Wright has looked a very nice addition to the team so far.
- I haven’t been too impressed by the Celtics in these first five games. Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce are playing great, but the rest of their team just isn’t clicking very well. Kevin Garnett needs to have his minutes limited every night, and the new-look bench hasn’t been effective so far. Both of the team’s wins have come against the Washington Wizards, and even those victories were tightly contested. There’s a very real possibility that the Sixers could win the division this year.