Saturday night, for the Philadelphia 76ers (30-43) Jrue Holiday was bad, really bad, to start the game. Through the first three quarters against the Charlotte Bobcats (17-56) Holiday was 1 for 9 from the floor. But, it’s not how you start but rather how you finish, as Holiday scored 11 of his 14 points in the 4th quarter, including a nasty slam dunk that put a dagger in the Bobcats as the 76ers won the game 100-92.
On Allen Iverson Bobblehead Night, the home town 76ers extended their winning streak to three games, as AI was in attendance to witness Holiday and company continue their late season success and well rounded play. While Holiday’s fourth quarter play was fantastic, five other players reached double figures for the 76ers. Evan Turner led the team with 22 points and 7 rebounds, Spencer Hawes had 19 points, while Thaddeus Young had 15 points to go along with 10 rebounds. It was another solid effort from the team and a complete team victory.
Royal Ivey, who had 11 points in 24 minutes on an efficient 4-6 from the field, hit a three pointer halfway through the fourth quarter that gave the 76ers an 82-80 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Holiday gave the crowd what they wanted to see when he took over in the fourth and the monster slam over Bobcats big men, Josh McRoberts and Bismack Biyombo, brought the crowd to its feet.
The Bobcats played well and were led by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who finished with 21 points on 9-11 shooting and 9 rebounds, it just wasn’t enough to overcome Holiday in the critical final quarter.
It’s always good to see Iverson in the building and the former NBA MVP came out before tipoff to a huge ovation, dressed in a Phillies jacket and sunglasses. He gave some courtside highfives and spent the game in a suite, while waving after a second quarter video tribute of his career was shown. Iverson, bobbleheads, free Big Mac’s (for scoring 100 points) and a 76ers victory was a near perfect night in Philly.
The 76ers will travel over to Charlotte on Wednesday night for the rematch in their next game against Charlotte (17-56) at 7:00 pm.Tags: Allen Iverson, Charlotte Bobcats, Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Sixers, Spencer Hawes, win