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Jan 02 2014

Sixers Beat Up On Ailing Nuggets, Win 114-102

Philadelphia 76ers 114 Final
Recap | Box Score
102 Denver Nuggets
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +2Thad looks as confident offensively this year than he ever has before; he took six threes tonight, and took eight all of last season. Plus, his defense has been well over par and the immeasurable hustle is there as always. These performances certainly won’t hurt his trade value.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 8-17 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | +11Even when ET posts a pretty stat line, it’s still an iffy night in some aspects for him. He made rash decisions with the ball in his hands and struggled defending the perimeter, per usual. Nonetheless, he put in 43 minutes and got to the line efficiently. All-in-all, a respectable output.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +9Thompson had one of his better games tonight and he’s starting to look like a legitimate NBA prospect. His length and athleticism did his work for him around the perimeter defensively , and he knocked down his shots when he had to. Simple, efficient, effective.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +2While his defense is nonexistent (see: J.J. Hickson’s stat line tonight), his offense typically picks up the slack. That wasn’t the case tonight. He tried posting up a few times which went as poorly as one can likely expect and he seemed a little passive late in the game after a rough first half from the field. But, his pretty passes and rainbow threes were silver linings.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 5-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +1Following an exceptional first half, the kid fell apart a bit in the second half. He started turning the ball over and he was looking a tad reckless, not to mention his poor night from the field. But man, he was mighty aggressive in the driving lanes and persistent in the paint, getting to the line eight times. He had a handful of offensive rebounds for putbacks as well which were absolutely brilliant. Can’t ask for much more from a rookie.

By The Numbers

10: The Sixers now have ten wins, and have surpassed the ’72-’73 Sixers’ all-time worst season win count of nine. Congratulations, guys.

Tweet of the Game

Quote of the Game

“Boom, crush. Night, losers. Winning, duh.” – Charlie Sheen

Parting Shots

This is a bad, bad Denver team as of late. As Malik Rose pointed out the local broadcast, they run an incredibly bland and not terribly effective pick-and-roll heavy offense, similar to last year’s Sixers offense.

  • robbybonfire23

    I am trying to make some sense out of media “hype,” looking at it as possibly representing “opportunity.” I mean, the “wrap” of the win over Denver that I read, elsewhere, stated that MCW scored 16 points and “almost had a triple-double.” Dammit anyway, the man was 5-15 from the floor, and committed 5 turnovers! Totals are crap, it is rate of efficiency and production which makes for winning teams and truly outstanding players.

    This is just one game, and MCW is young and learning on the job. Plus, I really appreciate the team giving him all this responsibility, so that he can mature, under fire. But you would think he was the second-coming of Moses, or somebody, already.

    Until he demonstrates he can better secure the ball, and until he starts to shoot the ball “lights out” on a consistent basis – and the jury is very much out there, as to whether that will ever happen, he is nothing special. Period! I think he could represent possibly the best “trade bait,” enticement, right now, that this organization has ever had. Like shipping him out to bring back a really solid front court man named Vucevik, which I would do in a heartbeat if that could be consummated.

  • robbybonfire23

    Here’s another over-hyped story line… “Monta Ellis ~poured in~ (lol) 23 points to lead the Mavs over Washington.”

    “Monta makes big plays for us all the time,” said his coach.

    Now the facts… Monta Ellis was 7-18 from the floor, and added exactly 1 (!) assist to his team’s cause in 37 minutes of play from his guard position. 7-18 (39 %) from the floor with ONE assist and he is the star of the game??? I give up! Up is down and down is up, everywhere you look in this world.