Philadelphia 76ers' Rollercoaster to Success

Jenise RolleContributor INovember 23, 2008

The Sixers had gotten off to a slow start at the beginning of this season, but the team is finally above .500 after defeating the Golden State Warriors Sunday night. The road hasn’t been easy for the 76ers especially after a 102-96 loss to the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.

The 76ers defeated the Golden State Warriors (5-8) 89-81, with Elton Brand leading the team with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The 76ers, who are the top fast—breaking team in the league, made six three-pointers, including one by Andre Miller, and did not have a single fast—break point during the game, which was mostly due to Golden State’s 14 blocks.

Rebounds have been a major factor for the Sixers success and the Sixers' center, Samuel Dalembert, pulled down 11 rebounds in the first quarter alone, adding to his total of 16 rebounds for the game.

Getting over the hump to be an above .500 team has not been easy for the 7-6 76ers. The team gave up an 18 point lead after halftime and in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sixers committed 19 turnovers and shot 42% from the floor.

The Sixers have won five of their last six games, but a majority of those wins came from teams below the .500 mark. The real test for the 76ers will come on Wednesday when they face the Orlando Magic (9-4) at home in Philadelphia. Until then they will have their eyes set on beating former Sixers coach, Larry Brown, and the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday—a team that the 76ers should have the upper hand against.