When you’re the lowest scoring team in the league, chances are that you’re going to have a tough time winning basketball games. If you’re the Philadelphia 76ers, that has meant that you’re losing 15 straight road games. But, all of that is over now. Last night, in Sacramento, the 76ers (27-42) exploded for a 117-103 victory over the Kings (25-46).
The Kings are not known for their defense, as they allow the most points per game in the NBA and the 76ers took full advantage of that. Dorell Wright led the 76ers with 22 points and was one of six players to finish in double figures for the team. Isaiah Thomas led all scorers with 25 points, but it wouldn’t even be close enough to helping his team catch the Sixers.
Spencer Hawes spent the game being booed every time he touched the ball as the Kings fans aren’t too fond of his stance about relocating the team to his hometown of Seattle. Regardless of the booing Hawes finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists on 7 of 13 shooting. Jrue Holiday played a great over all game, even after starting the game 4 of 11 from the field in the first half, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Damien Wilkins added 17 points, Lavoy Allen had 20 points, and Wright had his 22 points hitting 6 three pointers.
The 76ers fell behind early, down by 9 points at the end of the first quarter, but Wright had 16 points in the first half including four 3-pointers in the second quarter, as the 76ers battled back to tie the game at 58 by the end of the first half. The 76ers shot 15-24 from the floor in the third quarter and took 91-82 lead heading in to the fourth.
Usually, that is the time that the 76ers stumble, in the fourth quarter against anyone let alone a Sacramento team that’s been leading the league in scoring since the all star break. But, they didn’t fall apart. Instead, the jumped out on a 14-2 run to start the 4th and led 105-84 with just under 9 minutes to play. That would be it for the Kings, who couldn’t manage to get the lead out of double digits.
The 76ers as a whole have been playing a lot better of late, even if the results have been the same. You can’t really point to anything, but it’s very coincidental that this all started as the team became aware that Andrew Bynum wouldn’t be playing at all this season. As that Bynum distraction has disappeared, so too has the 76ers poor play and mistake prone nature. They’ve played very well with Holiday starting to play like he did before the All Star game and Spencer Hawes coming on of late and playing some of his best basketball.
I can’t, for the life of me, figure out Doug Collins and his rationale for not playing Wright or Arnett Moultrie more than he does. Last night, Moultrie played 7 minutes while Wright did have 30 minutes, but that’s been the exception rather than the norm. With Evan Turner continuing to play poorly you would think that Wright would be starting, but he’s not and Collins continues to move his minutes up and down as he does with Moultrie. The time has come for Collins to throw in the towel on this season, despite their recent play, and let the younger players get time together on the floor.
The 76ers are in Utah tonight to take on the Jazz (34-36) at 9:00 EST.Tags: Damien Wilkins, Dorell Wright, Isaiah Thomas, Jrue Holiday, Kings, Lavoy Allen, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Spencer Hawes, win