The Philadelphia Sixers (14-15) ended their 6 game losing streak on the road by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies (18-8). The Sixers were certainly not favorites coming into this game considering the below .500 and the Grizzlies are in 4th place in the Western Conference. Jrue Holiday (13 points, 9 assists) and Evan Turner (1 point) under-performed when it came to scoring but their teammates were there to back him up. Lets take a look at what led to this Sixer victory:
The Sixers shot the ball very well and took good shots. They shot the ball well from downtown, making 9-16 (56%) and from there, and shooting 52% from the field. This effective shooting almost allowed them to score 100 points for the first time in three games. This scoring attack was lead by wingman Dorell Wright. He had 28 and shot 5-8 from behind the arc.
Spencer Hawes and the rest of the Philadelphia bench played extraordinarily well and was a difference maker. Dorell Wright could even be included as a member of the bench, because he was only filling in for the injured Jason Richardson. The bench scored 38 points (not including Dorell Wright’s 28. Wright lit it up and he took over the scoring load for the Sixers. Jason Richardson may not want to stay out any longer, because he may lose his starting job. Hawes’ 20 points and 9 rebounds was important, because the Sixers need a big man to produce, with Andrew Bynum injured.
The Sixers are 10th in the league in points allowed, with 96.2 and only allowed the Grizzlies to score 89 points. The Grizzlies managed to take 90 shots and only made 35 (39%) and shot 33% from beyond the three-point line. This was a great defensive performance by the Sixers led by Spencer Hawes. He had 5 blocks and 3 steals and was a forced to be reckoned with.
Player of the Game: Spencer Hawes (PHI)
Hawes had his best game of the season with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks. He is giving Doug Collins more reasons to put him in the starting lineup. This game, he received 4 more minutes that Lavoy Allen who is starting over him. Even if Hawes comes off the bench for the rest of the season, these type of numbers will definitely make a difference, especially when Holiday and Turner combine for 14 points.
Honorable mention goes to Dorell Wright, whose 28 points is his season-high. Wright was shooting on all cylinders and deserves recognition.