The Philadelphia 76ers defeated Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets Sunday in Philadelphia, 88-70.
In this game we witnessed the Sixers display a team effort, and we also witnessed some horrific shooting from the Hornets.
The Sixers played tremendous defense, allowing the Hornets only four assists.
That's right, the Sixers held Chris Paul and the rest of the Hornets to just four assists the entire game.
In the first half, the Hornets scored just 23 points. That is the least amount of points the Sixers have allowed in a first half in franchise history.
Because of this, Paul was forced to shoot the ball. In fact, Paul was the only player on the Hornets to score more than three baskets.
Take a look at the Hornets roster, aside from Paul. Here are how many field goal attempts and field goals made each player had:
David West: 2/10
Trevor Ariza: 2/11
Emeka Okafor: 0/5
Marco Belinelli: 3/9
Willie Green: 0/7
It's just too hard to go on longer. As a team total, they shot 24/79 from the field.
Are the Sixers establishing themselves as a playoff team?
Talk about horrendous shooting.
On the Sixers side, four players scored in double digits, including Elton Brand (15), Andre Iguodala (16), Jrue Holiday (12) and Lou Williams (17).
Iguodala and Brand were the two standout stars, both recording a double-double. Iguodala dropped 16 and hauled in 10 rebounds, and Brand dropped 15 and hauled in 13 rebounds.
Evan Turner also received 21 minutes of playing time. He scored seven points, had three assists, four rebounds and one steal.
Looking at the defensive game, Spencer Hawes did a great job of defending New Orleans big man David West.
It was a great team effort overall for the Sixers squad.
Players like Brand, Jodie Meeks, Holiday and even Turner are starting to establish themselves as durable, everyday contributors for the Sixers.
The Sixers have improved their record to 8-15 and moved another game closer to a playoff spot.