The Philadelphia 76ers Just Hit .500

20 Mar

Your Philadelphia 76ers  up and defeated the Denver Nuggets 115-113, ruining the return of Allen Iverson to his former stomping grounds. Iverson, for his part, scored 32 points and had 8 dimes, while the Sixers were led by Andre Miller with 28 points and 12 assists.  The two guards were both hitting their shots tonight and all over the court, but the Sixers got more help off the bench (Sixers bench had 30 to the Nuggets’ 16).  Sammy Dalembert also had a terrific night, scoring 17, grabbing 12 boards and swatting 5 shots to help contribute to this win.

It was good to see Allen playing in the Wachovia Center, even if it was as a Nugget.  He looked just as good as ever on the offensive side of things, and was nothing special on defense except for playing the passing lanes well.   His ability to drive to the basket was matched by his increased shooting accuracy.  I was happy to see the Sixers win, of course, but was also glad to see Allen get his.

This win propelled the Sixers to .500 for the first time since November 7th.  These guys are on FIRE, having won 4 straigh and, 8 of 9 in March.  Not bad, not bad at all.  They’re really hitting their stride at a good time, and only the Houston Rockets, who just had their 22 game win streak snapped by the Boston Celtics, are hotter right now.  The Sixers are currently holding onto the 7 seed and are only half a game out of the 6 spot.  They could give a team like the Orlando Magic a run for their money, provided they do all they can to contain Dwight Howard.



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