Sixers Ride Holiday And Turner To 104-97 Victory Over Detroit
12/11/2012 11:30:00 AM
The Sixers (12-9) came into last night’s game with a little revenge on their minds after a disappointing 94-76 loss to the then-winless Pistons back on Nov. 14. It got a little hairy at the end with the game tied at 91 with five minutes to go but the Sixers were able to ride Jrue Holiday’s hot hand to a 104-97 victory.
Spencer Hawes (15 points and eight rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench) said after the game that the team had the early season loss to Detroit in mind heading into last night’s contest.
"Yeah, we talked about it," said Hawes. "We don't want to sit there and dwell on it but at the same time you have to channel it the right way."
Holiday continued to make the case that he is one of the most dynamic young players in the league today. He led the Sixers with 25 points with 21 of them coming in the second half and 12 in the fourth quarter alone.
He also dished out a game-high eight assists.
“I was so happy with Jrue,” said Doug Collins after the game. “Coming down the stretch we put him in some pick and rolls and he made all the right decisions. He missed the two free throws and he came back and hit a huge jump shot.
“I told him that’s what the game is all about: play on from your mistakes. He was great.”
Evan Turner also had a big game for the Sixers as he scored 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. He also dished out seven assists and has really started to show that he is ready to take the next step in his development as an NBA player. Turner might not ever live up to the number two draft pick billing but he is certainly solidifying himself as a very good player in the NBA.
Two other Sixers join Holiday, Turner and Hawes in double figures: Thaddeus Young (20 points) and Jason Richardson (13 points). The only starter who didn’t break the 10-point plateau was Lavoy Allen (four points) but he chipped in with five rebounds, two blocks and a steal. He was also a team-high +16.
Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe each scored 22 points for the Pistons (7-16). Jason Maxiell grabbed 11 rebounds and Rodney Stuckey dropped five dimes.
The revenge theme continues on this week as the Chicago Bulls come to town tomorrow night. The Sixers dropped a 93-88 decision on the road back on Dec. 1. Remember, you can hear all the action on 97.5 The Fanatic! Pregame coverage starts at 6:50 tomorrow night.