|Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +12Thaddeus Young is a man. Frustrated with his performance against the Wizards, Young got involved on offense from the very first possession and helped spark the Sixers comeback with a massive block on Philly-native Dion Waiters, an alley-oop jam, and a breakaway dunk. Every team should have a Thaddeus Young.|
|Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 10-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 22 PTS | +18Evan Turner is evolving into an offensive weapon. Slashing to the hoop on almost every touch, you can almost see his mind think “get to the rim.” E.T. has a knack for sensing when he can and can’t get to the rim. Turner showed tremendous decisiveness and confidence in his jumper tonight. That’s five out of six games with 20 or more points. He’s blossoming, folks.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 6 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +10The Sixers were outrebounded and outplayed in the first quarter, but Spencer helped anchor the defense in the next three frames, finishing the game with a season-high six blocks. He, along with Lavoy Allen, and Thad Young played great interior defense all night as the Sixers held their opponent under 100 points for the first time all season. On the offensive end, Hawes did a little bit of everything: hitting a nice floater in the lane, and two 3-pointers.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +22Carter-Williams’ length seemed to bother Kyrie Irving.all night, as Irving finished shooting only 4-17 from the field. I think we witnessed a typical MCW game. He’s going to cause some headaches for Coach Brown at times (Brown took him out twice in the first quarter). But MCW is also going to hit some threes, grab upwards of 5+ boards and 6+ assists a night. If you are Brett Brown, you take that.|
|James Anderson, SG 32 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +9Shooting with confidence. You can’t really teach it, but you know when it is missing. James Anderson started the season looking for some confidence. He found his shooting stroke this week, and everything else about his game is better because of it. Tonight, he was active on the glass, keeping posessions alive and helped stretch the Cleveland defense, opening up driving lanes for Turner, Wroten and MCW.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 26 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +7It was looking like another blowout home loss for the Sixers before Tony Wroten stepped in and changed everything. At one point, he scored nine straight for the Sixers, on his way to a career-high 18 points. He took eight threes, but that’s Tony Wroten. Despite those eight 3-point attempts, Wroten played with what coach Brown called at halftime a “controlled attack mentality.” If Brown can continue to harness that energy, Wroten can be a force for Philly.|
|Brett BrownCoach Brown played 10 guys in the first quarter, searching for a five-man unit that could stop the bleeding. Well, he found something. After being outscored 28-14 in the first, the Sixers outscored the Cavs 63-33 in the second and third quarters, en route to a dominating win against a team many thought would contend for a playoff spot.|
By the Numbers: 79. The Sixers, who were giving up a league-high 108 points a game, held the Cavs to 79 points.
Quote of the Game: “He looks like an extra from Semi-Pro.” – Malik Rose on Spencer Hawes’ look for tonight’s game.
Parting Shots: Andrew Bynum was a non-factor. Not a surprise. The first pick in the draft, Anthony Bennett, did nothing, and then left the game in the second with a sprained shoulder. That was expected. But holding Kyrie Irving to 4-17 shooting? Where did that come from?
After a rough start, the Sixers picked up the defensive intensity, holding the Cavs to only 14 points in the second quarter. The Sixers led 44-42 at halftime and played frontrunners the rest of the way, holding their opponent to under 100 points for the first time all season.
This was Tony Wroten’s night. If he can balance his attack mentality with intelligent decision making on a nightly basis, Wroten can evolve into a real weapon off the bench.