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Holiday, Turner Lead Sixers Past Detroit: Recap and Analysis

After a 13-point loss to the Celtics, the Philadelphia Sixers (12-9) were able to avenge an early-season loss against the Detroit Pistons (7-16). The Sixers played well as a team but should not have allowed the Pistons to score 97 points. Philadelphia was led by point guard Jrue Holiday who had 25 points. There were several reasons why the Sixers deserved to win this game:

Defense

The Sixers played well defensively although they allowed slightly more points per game than their average (94.4). They held Detroit t0 39.5% from the field which is good (for the Sixers). If it were not for the Pistons’ second chance opportunities, their percentage might be even lower. The Sixers forced 13 turnovers with 8 steals and 7 blocks in the process. Spencer Hawes came up “big” with 3 blocks. Thaddeus Young also had 5 steals and that helped the Sixers get easy buckets in transition.

Points in the Paint

The Sixers dominated the paint tonight, with 50 points in the paint. That number is scary, considering the fact that they are still playing without Bynum. It is hard to imagine how good the Sixers will be with Andrew Bynum in their lineup. Hawes was 4-7 from inside the paint while Thad added 20 more and that is where most of his offense should be generated.

Game-Changers:

Spencer Hawes madae a significant impact for the Sixers off of the bench. Hawes had 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Sixers could use this kind of production against power houses like the Boston Celtics, but it’s always nice to have another option to go to. If he can consistentl put up those kind of numbers, he may find himself in the starting lineup.

Player of the Game: Jrue Holiday (PHI)

Holiday continues to impress (via gcobb).

Even though Evan Turner had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Holiday led this team to victory. He struggled a bit in the 1st quarter but he began to find his touch, shooting 55% from the field. He also had 8 assists to go with his 25 points. Lack of ball movement has been a criticism of the Sixers’ offense but Holiday is there to help. The Pistons could not find a way to stop him.

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