Sixers Take It To Atlanta Hawks

Last night in Atlanta the Sixers gave quite the thrashing to the home town Hawks. The Sixers routed the Hawks 117-83. The win improved the Sixers record to 24-27, just three wins away from the total for the entire season a year ago.

The win last night was an absolute display of the depth of the Sixers roster. The team had 6 scorers in double figures. Lou Williams led the way with 20 points against the Hawks, a team he typically plays very well considering they are his home town team. Elton Brand continued his strong play this season by chipping in 17 points and adding 5 rebounds. Jodie Meeks added 16 including two 3 pointers. Thaddeus Young was stellar adding in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Jrue Holiday contributed 15 points. Andre Iguodala was his normal stat sheet stuffing self, adding in 11 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and only 1 turnover. Rookie Evan Turner also had a stellar game. He contributed 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists.

The outcome of the game was not in doubt for very long at all. The Sixers got out to a 20 point lead in the first quarter and cruised to victory the whole way through. The devastating come back win by the Grizzlies which victimized the Sixers recently, still seems to be on their minds and they seemed poised not to let another game slip away like that.

Doug Collins emphasized the importance of winning the third quarter after their incredible first half and that philosophy certainly helped to propel the Sixers to victory.

The dominating performance allowed for every Sixer to play minus Tony Battie who probably got the night off considering his veteran status. Every player who played last night scored except Andres Nocioni.

That type of balanced attack is becoming a signature of this team. They are incredibly difficult to beat simply because there is no way for opposing teams to determine who to shut down. If you shut down 1,2 or even 3 players on the Sixers, the 4th, 5th, and 6th guy are capable of beating you. This mindset can and most likely will make the Sixers a dangerous trap team in the playoffs. If a team underestimates them too much, this Sixers group is clearly capable of stealing a series. They proved that last night by crushing the Hawks who are the 4th seed in the East and only 5.5 games off of first place.

Collins is clearly on board with this mindset and he knows that his team can stack up against any team in the NBA. “I never could have imagined this kind of a win, but our guys have been playing well. We came out and had a real sense of purpose. We played a terrific game tonight. I think early [this season], we thought we were becoming a good team. I think our guys feel like [now] when we play, if we play well, we can beat anybody. via http://www.nba.com.

 

 

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