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Sixers Outlast Suns, 104-101: Recap and Analysis

The Philadelphia Sixers (8-6) win a nail-biter against the Phoenix Suns (6-8) 104-101. The Sixers played another tough, close game and this time they were able to come out with the win. Lets take a look at how the two teams matched up in Offense, Rebounding, and Bench Production:

Offense

Holiday had the best game of his young career.

The Sixers have scored 100 points in two consecutive games and their offense has been led by point guard Jrue Holiday. The ball was spread nicely but for anyone who didn’t see the game it is hard to tell from their 23 assists, with 13 of them coming from Jrue Holiday. He also had 33 points to go along with his 13 assists. Evan Turner was also a scoring threat tonight with 16 points. Turner proved that he is dangerous from the 3 point line shooting 3-5 from behind the arc. Lavoy Allen had a surprising 11 points and shot 55% from the field. As a team, the Sixers shot 48% which is great for them.

Phoenix has several talented players, but tonight they were led offensively by Michael Beasley who had 21 points. The Sixers also allowed center Marcin Gortat to score 18 points. This can attributed to the Sixers’ lack of size. They had 6’8 Lavoy Allen starting at center so it is difficult for him to guard 6’11 Marcin Gortat.

Bench

Philadelphia did not receive a scoring outbreak that they have been waiting for from off-season acquisitions Nick Young and Dorell Wright. Young has not shot well and tonight was no different. He only made 25% of his shots. He finished with 3 points in what can be considered a disappointing night for him. Although the Sixers did not receive a major scoring outbreak on their bench, they were able to get everyone involved including 7 points from rookie Maalik Wayns. The Sixers received 26 points and 7 rebounds from their bench.

The Suns’ bench were very productive tonight with an astounding 40 points and 18 rebounds. Their three main producers off the bench were Sebastion Telfair, Jermaine O’Neal, and Luis Scola. Scola had 7 rebounds off the bench. The push by their bench proved not to be enough as they still could not come out with the victory.

Rebounding

Neither team crashed the boards relatively well. The Sixers only grabbed 6 offensive rebounds and the Suns were not much better with 9. The Sixers managed to be out-rebounded by 8 and they were led by Evan Turner who had 9 rebounds. The Suns were led by Markieff Morris and Luis Scola who had 10 and 7 respectively. The Sixers just cannot find a way to win a rebounding battle. They were able to beat the Thunder in rebounding due to the amount of missed shots, and because the Thunder are a team that tries to get out in transition quickly. Neither team seemed to make much of an effort on the offensive glass.

Player of The Game

Jrue Holiday played an outstanding game tonight, and was by far the best on the floor. He had 33 points and 13 assists. He managed the game well, and took care of the ball with only 2 turnovers which allowed him to lower his average of 4.5 turnovers per game. He deserves to be awarded with tonight’s player of the game award.

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