It was a close game throughout, as the Sixers were trailing the entire first half.
However, they bounced back having an unstoppable third quarter, outscoring the Bulls, 32-18. In the outstanding third quarter performance, the Sixers shot nearly perfect from the field.
In the late fourth quarter, the Bulls cut the lead down to three. However, with clutch rebounds and foul shots from Andres Nocioni, the Sixers were able to preserve their lead and hold off a last surge by the Bulls.
Entering the game, one of the biggest headlines was the Holiday vs. Rose matchup.
Both young point guards played a great game. Rose may have put up the better stats, but Holiday played just as well.
Rose scored 27 points and dished out nine assists, while Holiday scored 19 and recorded six assists.
The reason Rose scored more was because their offensive production mainly came from just Rose, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng. They were the only players for the Bulls to record double digits.
Boozer performed great on the boards grabbing 13 and also scoring 31. He played great, but it clearly wasn't enough to win the game. Deng also scored 22.
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As for the Sixers, it was much more spread out where five players scored double digits including, Nocioni (11), Elton Brand (11), Holiday (19), Lou Williams (20) and Jodie Meeks led the team with 24. Spencer Hawes and and Thaddeus Young also accumulated eight points each.
The Sixers fared without Andre Iguodala in this game and managed fine. It seems that when he is not in presence the production is a lot more distributed amongst everyone.
Each player contributed something special in this crucial victory. Hawes did a great job of posting-up and grabbing rebounds, Meeks did his best job of slashing for his points, Holiday took charge and Brand and Nocioni were all over the boards as well.
Nocioni specifically came through during crunch time, where he grabbed two vital rebounds and three game-clinching free throws.
Williams just keeps scoring and scoring. He has scored double digits off the bench in four of his last five games. He has clearly fit the role for the reliable bench scorer the Sixers have been looking for.
Sixers head coach Doug Collins won't stop putting his troops to work. They aren't the best team, but somehow, someway, he is finding a way to win games by constantly pushing the young squad to do better each game.
But even better, he wants to keep winning and he is starting to enter the games with confidence.
The Sixers have proved they can compete and continue to do so. This a great foreshadow for Philadelphia Sixers fans about the uprising stars.
We will see what the 76ers can do for the rest of the season. Will they be able to make a run for the playoffs?
If they keep this up, they certainly will, and will give the other teams a run for their money.