The Philadelphia 76ers have just came off another victory over the Orlando Magic.
The 76ers broke their eight-game losing streak to the Magic and have put themselves a half game out of playoff contention.
Many Sixers players have stepped up recently and established roles as an everyday starter or reliable player, including Elton Brand, Jodie Meeks, Lou Williams and of course Andre Iguodala.
They may not have been able to stop All-Star center Dwight Howard, who had 26 points and 20 rebounds, but they did walk away with a win and that's what mattered.
The main story heading into the game was the major trades that the Magic took place in today. In the two separate trades they gave up Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis and Marcin Gortat. They ended up receiving Gilbert Arenas, Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson and Earl Clark.
The players acquired in the trade were not eligible to play in the game. Therefore, the Magic had a very short bench with just three players. The entire starting lineup played at least 34 minutes, and three played at least 40.
Every player on the Magic had on overload of work tonight. Jameer Nelson was one assist shy of a double-double (17 points and 9 assists) and power forward Brandon Bass was close as well (18 points and 8 rebounds).
Will the 76ers make the playoffs?
The shortage of players clearly played an effect on the Magic roster which the Sixers took an advantage of. You could tell they were clearly drained by the end of the game.
The standout stars of tonight's game for the Sixers were Brand, Iguodala, and Williams. All three players scored over 20 points and if it weren't for them, the Sixers would not have won the game.
Brand- 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks
Iguodala- 21 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals
Williams- 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals
If an effort like this is given every game, the Sixers could be a threat in the East and quietly make the playoffs.
This truly has been a rebound year for Brand. Everyone complained last season that he was a bust and has no game left in the tank.
Well, he sure proved us wrong.
Iguodala has been consistent as well and Williams has became a consistent scorer.
We haven't seen much of Evan Turner lately. In tonight's game he only received nine minutes of playing time and scored two points and grabbed three boards.
The Sixers have now won eight of their last eleven games and are starting to gain some confidence because of it. They are slowly becoming a consistent squad that may sneak their way into the playoffs.