Hawes leads the 76ers over the Nets 106-97 After a Long Weekend

Jrue Holiday goes up for a shot in the Philadelphia 76ers win over the Brooklyn Nets Monday night.What’s the best cure for a two weeks stomach virus? If you said a 76ers win, then you would be correct. First, on Friday night in Miami, the Heat (47-14) beat up the 76ers 102-93. Then, on Sunday in Orlando, the Magic (18-46) beat down the 76ers 99-91 behind Jameer Nelson and that Nikola Vucevic kid that we dumped for the city’s biggest bowler. If those two things got you down, like they did me, then last night when the 76ers played the Nets (37-27) you would have felt a lot better watching the 76ers win 106-97 to end the Nets three game winning streak and ending the 76ers 5 game losing streak.

Spencer Hawes put together his finest performance to date in the win over the Nets as he finished with a season high 24 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists along with 2 blocked shots. That was tops on the team that also saw 5 other players finish with double figures, including Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner with 16 and Jrue Holiday and Dorell Wright each had 15. The team, as a whole, shot over 52% from the floor and with Hawes playing his best game, Arnett Moultrie and Lavoy Allen both just saw limited minutes.

Brooklyn was lead by Deron Williams who finished with 27 points and 13 assists. Joe Johnson had 20 and Brook Lopez, who was hot early in the game, finished with 19.  The unraveling for the Nets was poor three point shooting (6 of 19) and poor foul shooting on limited attempts (11 of 16). The 76ers actually attempted more free throws than an opponent for the first time in over three months, having last done it against Boston all the way back in December.

Hopefully this victory, over a quality opponent, will get the Sixers back on the right track with a limited amount of time left in the season and a very very minimal chance of making the playoffs as they currently site 9 games behind Milwaukee for the 8th seed in the East.

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The weekend games against the Heat and Magic were nothing to brag about as the defending Champion Heat beat up on the Sixers and LeBron James didn’t even play for most of the 4th quarter. The Magic game was another reminder that the Sixers gave away Vucevic to get Andrew Bynum and Vucevic has been on fire lately. It’s seems that he has got better as the season has gone on and he looks to be the center that the Sixers do desperately need and had.

The Sixers better enjoy the win while they can as the Miami Heat visit on Wednesday at 7:00.

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Tim Sullivan

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