Two days after it was revealed that he made the 2013 Eastern Conference All-Star team, Jrue Holiday and the Philadelphia 76ers were out to get a win at home versus the New York Knicks. The Sixers (18-25) have suddenly found the desperation necessary to pick up key wins. The Knicks (26-15) have already won two games versus the Sixers by more than a combined forty points. Jrue Holiday had a career-high 35 points. He was a key component to the Sixers’ rout of the Knicks, 97-80, on Saturday night. Nick Young and Evan Turner also added 20 apiece for Philadelphia.
Play of the Game
Jrue Holiday had Pablo Prigioni’s number the entire night. Early in the first half, Holiday crossed the ankles off of Prigioni twice, and then went up and under on Tyson Chandler with the opposite hand for 2 of his 35.
Stat of the Game
There are two incredible statistics I have for you, tonight:
The Knicks, who are one of the best three point shooting teams in the NBA, shot 4-for-27 from three-point range, just 14.8%. They shot 34.8% from the field overall.
Carmelo Anthony, the second best scorer in the NBA, shot just 9/28 from the field, and 0/6 from three point range. He was “held” to 25 points.
Keys to the Game
There were two keys to winning this game:
Shut down Melo: The Sixers did an outstanding job at defending Carmelo Anthony. He had one of the worst shooting nights of his career, going 9-for-28 (32.1%). Despite finishing with 25 points, Anthony was neutralized offensively. A lot of the credit goes to forward Thaddeus Young, who plastered Melo all night long and forced him into plenty of bad looks.
Let Jrue prove he is an All-Star: Jrue Holiday was the only reason the Sixers stayed with the Knicks, and blew them out. The fourth-year player, a former 15th overall pick, had a career night. Doug Collins finally gave full reigns of the offense to his All-Star and Holiday made big shot after big shot. Scoring 35 proved that he is not only a great distributer but a first-class corer.
Player of the Game
Jrue Holiday is the Sixers’ player of the game. He shot 16-of-25 (80%) from the field with 5 rebounds and 6 assists. He was locked in the entire night and was knocking down every shot, especially in his mid-range hame. Jrue Holiday blew away the Knicks single-handedly. He and his career night is your player of the game.
The Sixers host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.