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Apr 09 2014

Sixers Play Like a Real NBA Team, Again

Philadelphia 76ers 114 Final
Recap | Box Score
125 Toronto Raptors
Thaddeus Young, PF 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -19Started the evening 0-6 from the field and allowed Patrick Patterson to net five early points. It was looking like an off-game, until Thad shot 6-10 in the second half.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 10-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | -6When is the Mayor of Sims City going to be officially sworn in? Almost a career-night amidst what was yet another encouraging showing for the active big. Third time with 20 or more points as a 76er. A foul-ridden second half and the interior muscle Jonas Valanciunas (26 points, 12 rebounds) put a minor damper on the night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 7-12 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -13The sharp stretch continued, with the point guard prodigy nudging a triple-double once more. The rookie’s’ willingness to find nooks and crannies at and around the rim proved symbolic of his steadily flashy offensive output. It was Kyle Lowry’s first game back from injury, however, and he didn’t hesitate to create problems for both MCW and the Sixers. Lowry finished with 29 pts, 8 assists, and nine free throws.

James Anderson, SG 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -19Anderson’s scorching hot start sparked a surprising opening stanza; he laced Philly’s first three field goals, all from beyond the arc. His shooting touch wavered a tad in the third, but two more from deep ballooned the stat sheet and made for a friendly outing. That is, of course, if you ignore DeMar DeRozan’s ten trips to the charity stripe.

Hollis Thompson, SG 31 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +2Holliswood was limited to 11 first-half minutes, making for what was shaping up as a subdued performance. Persistence on offense laid the foundations for his 17th regular season game with multiple made threes.

Jarvis Varnado, PF 17 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -5Varnado’s startling denial of Nando de Colo might make the highlight reel, but don’t be fooled, this was a forgettable defensive effort. Jonas Valanciunas manipulated the paint for the majority of the night and, unfortunately for Varnado, he chose to use the Sixers’ JV as a dartboard for a bevy of hooks and dunks. Also, Sims and Varnado had a combined total of seven fouls in 48 mins.

Tony Wroten, SG 19 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | 0A tumble late in the third brought about some concern on the sidelines, as Wroten was left hobbling during a timeout. He bounced back and returned in the final period, allowing for his aggressive play and continued takes down the lane. His three free throws fail to accurately illustrate his willingness to approach the restricted area.

By the Numbers
  • 25: Free throws attempted by the Raptors… in the first half.
  • 48: The two starting center’s combined to score 48 points.
Anecdote of the Night
A dude in an Iverson jersey right next to press row got a cup of Coke poured over his head by the Raptors mascot. Thought that was a little aggressive.
Quote of the Night
Brett Brown, post-game: “I think he [Carter-Williams] has learned how to take a system that we haven’t flinched on, we haven’t altered anything and get him comfortable to maximize it for himself and the team.”
  • robbybonfire23

    Nearing the end of his rookie season, to be playing,and especially shooting, consistently well, lately, when he must be fatigued, is encouraging to see in MCW. Can’t wait for this season to end because as soon as it does, we are into next season, with all the hope it suggests.

  • Lennix

    dont ever give thad a C+ ever again when he plays 40 mins….at least a B-