The Sixers are not a good basketball team, right?
It’s becoming harder to say that with each and every game that passes by. The Sixers proved their playoff worthiness once again Wednesday night, as they literally ran the New Jersey Nets off the court.
The Sixers outscored New Jersey 35 to 8 in fast break points; leading to their 106-92 victory in Newark. Once again, they held a 21 point lead on a team in the NBA’s “Who Cares?” division. This time they would not relent, unlike the debacle against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Wells Fargo Center, a week ago.
Lou Williams was down right dazzling at times, as he scored 26 points in 32 minutes off the bench. He was key in the Sixers’ transition domination over the Nets.
This victory was about hustle and execution. The Sixers went coast to coast whenever they could, capitalizing on the Nets turnovers and by out-rebounding the young Jersey squad. The hustle paid off for Jrue Holiday, who posted his first career triple-double. Although, it was done in modest fashion with the borderline minimum requirements for the stat sheet honor.
Holiday put up 11 points with 11 assists, as he grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Nets, who battled at times; but were truly out-played from the beginning, have now lost seven straight games to the Sixers.
The first half began with an 11-2 opening run by the Sixers. The first half closed just like it started with the Sixers going into the locker room on a 12-2 run.
It only got worse in the second half for New Jersey, as their fiery, little giant of a head coach, Avery Johnson was ejected, when out of frustration, he jumped onto the court and berated the officials.
It’s easy to understand his frustration because his Nets (15-35) are still winless against their division opponents.
On the opposite end of the New Jersey turnpike , Doug Collins’ Sixers (22-26) are now actually threatening for the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference.
They started the year 3-13, but since then, they’ve gone 19-13. They’ve won seven of their last 10, including two straight.
It’s hard to lose when you have 5 players in double figures and when your team goes 18 for 18 from the free throw line. That same fortitude and effort will be needed over the next five games which will have big implications in the Eastern Conference Standings.
It begins with a home and home with the Knicks.
The Knicks currently hold the 6th spot in the East, and the Sixers are now just 3 games behind them.
If ever there was a time for this fledgling Sixers to prove themselves, the time would be now (or more like Friday).
Now is the team for the Sixers to show themselves, as well as the NBA that they are not only a good team but are a serious threat anytime they take to the hardwood.