Notes From The 76ers’ 78-61 Win Over Orlando76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Monday, February 4th, 2013
- This was a win that the Sixers absolutely had to have. The Orlando Magic came into this game missing a handful of their key contributors (Jameer Nelson, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis, J.J. Redick), and they should have had no business challenging any NBA team.
- It’s nice to see the Sixers get on a bit of a roll. Even though two of their wins on this current three-game streak have come against the likes of a depleted Orlando squad and the dreadful Washington Wizards, the Sixers haven’t been on a winning streak since November. We’ve seen some brutal, frustrating basketball over the last three months, so its good to see this young team taste a little victory again.
- Spencer Hawes anchored the Sixers tonight with a 21-point, 14-rebound double-double. Hawes can be a soft, frustrating player at times, but when he’s on top of his game, he actually resembles a competent NBA big man. Tonight was one of his good nights.
- Jrue Holiday scored only 13 points, but was able to hand out 14 assists and only turned the ball over once.
- Nick Young put together another solid, well-rounded game. The shooting guard scored 15 points, pulled down six rebounds, added four steals, and even blocked two shots and also had two assists. He’s responded really well to the opportunity to join the starting lineup. The only downside to Young’s game tonight was that he connected on just one of seven three-point attempts.
- Unfortunately tonight’s victory may have been a costly one. Thaddeus Young left the game with a hamstring strain and did not return.
- Young’s absence opened up more playing time for Lavoy Allen, who scored 10 points and collected six rebounds in over 30 minutes of work.
- Former 76er Nik Vucevic has really blossomed this year for the Magic. He’s become a dependable center, and is averaging a double-double.
- Vucevic went to Orlando as part of the trade that sent Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia and Dwight Howard to Los Angeles. Which team has gotten the most out of that trade? It’s certainly not the Sixers, who are still waiting for their big man to arrive. Dwight Howard puts up good numbers, but hasn’t been a true difference-maker for the Lakers. Andre Iguodala will take the Denver Nuggets as far as he could take the Sixers. And then you look at the Magic. Orlando might not even be a playoff team this year, but they came away with a handful of really nice pieces that they can build around. Vucevic’s emergence has been a pleasant surprise, and guys like Moe Harkless and Arron Afflalo will continue to grow for them. It’s too early to determine which of the four teams will benefit the most from that trade, but the Orlando Magic have wound up making out a lot better than many believed that they would.
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