Parker leads Spurs Over Sixers

After starting out the “Death Row” 4-1, the Sixers (18-8) lost to the Spurs Wednesday night. The Sixers have beaten Orlando, Chicago, and Los Angeles at home and Atlanta on the road, but have lost to Miami and now San Antonio. It was a tough loss for the Sixers, seeing as the Spurs are probably one of the weaker opponents in this streak of tough games.

Parker lit up Jrue Holiday for 37 points.

Tony Parker had 37 points to lead the way for the Spurs while Gary Neal had 18 points off the bench. Tim Duncan had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Tiago Splitter had 15 points for the Southwest-leading Spurs.

Lou Williams led Philly with 22 points while Iggy had 17 points and Thaddeus Young put in 16.

The Atlantic-leading Sixers built a strong record early in the season against weak teams and have quieted critics by playing extremely well during the “Death Row” week as Doug Collins says, where the Sixers play 7 games in the span of two weeks against teams with high winning records.

Despite having the best record at home (13-1), the Spurs are surprisingly improved to only 5-8 on the road, following the win over the Sixers.

Down 83-71 in the fourth quarter, the Sixers had a 7-0 run and had the crowd on their feet after Jrue Holiday nailed a three. However, Gary Neal made a three of his own and a foul shot after Williams earned himself a technical, which forced the Sixers down 89-80. Lou managed to make up for hit T by making a three with 1:46 left to play, but Tony Parker hit a jumper which sealed the win for the Spurs.

Center Spencer Hawes didn’t play for the Sixers today. Hawes missed 10 games due to an Achilles injury before returning to play against the Heat and Cavaliers. Elton Brand (sprained thumb) returned to the lineup after missing two games and had 11 points and 13 rebounds.

The Sixers badly needed Hawes to guard the middle, as the Spurs relentlessly drove down the lane and scored 54 points in the paint.

Although the Sixers had 4 turnovers despite getting outrebounded by 25 against the Lakers, the Sixers had 4 turnovers in the first 10 minutes and had 10 in the game.

Matt Bonner’s three-pointer capped off a 17-6 run by the Spurs which gave them a cushioning 12 point lead, which was their biggest of the game. Lou Williams managed to hit some threes of his own to cut the lead 75-67 by the end of the third quarter. Iguodala kicked off a 10-0 run in the second with a jumper and Thaddeus Young finished it with a soft layup, which gave the Sixers a slim 38-36 lead at the time.

Tony Parker scored 10 of the last 12 points in the first half for the Spurs (18-9), which gave them a 48-45 lead starting the third. All of San Antonio’s points in the second quarter were either free throws or layups. Gary Neal, who averages 8.5 points per game, had 12 points during the last part of the first quarter.

Team 1 2 3 4 T
Sixers 24 21 22 23 90
Spurs 26 22 27 25 100

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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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