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Nov 09 2013

58 Minutes of Exciting, Sloppy Basketball

Philadelphia 76ers 125 Final
Recap | Box Score
127 Cleveland Cavaliers
Thaddeus Young, PF 43 MIN | 11-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 29 PTS | +4He struggled on the boards against Tristan Thompson and, like everyone, couldn’t stop Kyrie Irving from penetrating at the end of the game. But he put forth a delightfully efficient offensive performance with 29 points on 18 shots.
Evan Turner, SF 47 MIN | 9-23 FG | 11-13 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 31 PTS | +15Other than a handful of obligatory “Oh God, Please Stop It Evan” type of plays – mostly late in the game – Turner was driving relentlessly and making the occasional pull-up. He got to the line 13 times, his highest total since … well, ever.
Spencer Hawes, C 42 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | +2Holding Varejao to 10 boards in 42 minutes was impressive, and the passing was equally as superb.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 49 MIN | 9-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 13 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -3The rookie logged 49 minutes and came away with his third 20-10 game in seven career NBA games. His two OT 3-pointers kept the Sixers alive. He needs to work on his footwork, though. Kyrie is blindingly quick, but Carter-Williams struggled to stay in front of him and Irving had his way with him too many times.
Brett Brown
He did all that he humanly could, maintaining the up-tempo pace and making sure his wing defenders were on their feet (or off them). He continues to overachieve dramatically.

By The Numbers
Evan Turner is shooting 58 percent (68-117) on twos so far this season.

Tweet of The Game

Parting shots
Carter-Williams was stellar while Turner, Hawes and Thad stepped up too – bolstering their trade value, for those of you keeping track. Anything more you can ask for on a November road game against the Cavs?

  • Ellis Shipp

    I love these recaps. At this point, Brown has done a fabulous job. Looks like a great hire for the long term.

  • Guy Forget

    i dunno what game you were watching but hawes was kinda a stiff in this game… not terrible but hardly “superb” especially if by evaluating by the same measures ET disappointed you.

    • Wesley Share

      It was the stuff you didn’t see that made his performance so good, like holding Varejao – a 12 rebounds per game guy when healthy last season – to 10 boards in 42 minutes. That was a game-changer.

      Turner went cold and reverted to taking a lot of bad jumpers in the fourth quarter and at times in OT, which is why he’s a B+ and not an A. Perhaps a little bit of a nit-picky grade, sure, but I’m standing by it.