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The Philadelphia 76ers avenged their only preseason loss as they beat the Brooklyn Nets 106-96. The Nets primarily used their highly touted starting lineup of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez. The Sixers were without Andrew Bynum who isn’t expected back until start of the regular season at the earliest and Evan Turner, both starters. It didn’t seem to matter as the Sixers looked like the better team despite the Nets hype.
When these two teams play the point guard matchup is going to be key. Deron Williams is a tough point guard who has been known to shut down some pretty good floor generals. Jrue Holiday was not one of them Friday night. Holiday had 11 points and 12 assists and the Sixer were +15 when he was on the court. Williams scored 22 points on 9-21 shooting and the Nets were -10 when he was on the court. It was surprising for some to see Holiday get the better of this matchup, but I think most Sixers fans expect Holiday to become an All-Star player this season.
Spencer Hawes was the most impressive Sixers off the bench. The Sixers played just nine players with every player playing at least 10 minutes and most players playing over 20 minutes. Hawes racked up 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. He was a stat sheet stuffer and took just nine shots to score his 13 points.
We are starting to see Hawes’ role really come to fold. He isn’t an elite defender and he isn’t a overly physical player either. Ideally, he is a good spark off the bench who plays more of a point forward type role than he does a true power forward or center role off the bench. He is a good shooter and an outstanding passer for a big man. In that right role he is a solid player. As a starting center he is a nightmare. It’s important to have the right perspective with Hawes.
The rest of the bench was so-so. This has more to do with Dorell Wright starting with Evan Turner out than the actual play of the entire bench. With Richardson and Turner starting on the wings, the Sixers have a sixth man candidate in Wright. He has 18 points and 11 rebounds as a starter Friday night. Maalik Wayns, Nick Young and Damien Wilkins were the other players to come off the bench for Philly. They combined for 5-14 shooting for 17 points and 3 assists.
It was huge for the Sixers to play so well against the Nets with their starters logging so many minutes. It may just be preseason, but I believe this showing for Philly proved that they are at least equal with a very talented Nets team. Keep in mind that the Sixers were without two starters.
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