25 Greatest Team Performances by the Philadelphia 76ers of the Last Decade
While postseason success has eluded them for the most part, the Philadelphia 76ers have had plenty of great performances over the past decade.
Whether it was the early-2000s squads led by Allen Iverson or the more recent teams featuring Andre Iguodala, Sixers fans have seen a number of fantastic victories in recent years. With that in mind, let's take a trip down memory lane and look back at the team's 25 greatest games over the last 10 seasons.
25. November 3, 2010: Philadelphia 76ers 101, Indiana Pacers 75
Superb defense ruled the day as the 76ers earned their first victory of the 2010-11 season with their 101-75 defeat of the Indiana Pacers.
For the game, the Pacers were held to 31.5 percent shooting from the field and made only seven of their 22 three-point attempts.
Doug Collins didn't get to enjoy the entire game—he left at halftime after suffering a recurrence of the vertigo-related symptoms he experienced over the summer. However, his team had already built up a 26-point lead by intermission, and the game was never in doubt after that point.
24. March 1, 2008: Philadelphia 76ers 119, Phoenix Suns 114
Andre Iguodala scored 32 points in Philadelphia's 119-114 win at the US Airways Center. The Sixers shot nearly 57 percent from the floor as a team and nearly doubled Phoenix in fast break points (30 to 16). Six of the eight 76ers who saw action finished with 12 points or more.
23. Feb. 11, 2011: Philadelphia 76ers 77, San Antonio Spurs 71
The San Antonio Spurs arrived at the Wells Fargo Center with a 44-8 record, while the Sixers entered the game with a 24-28 mark. In the contest, Philadelphia was out-rebounded (57 to 46), shot poorly (35.4 percent for the game) and only got seven points from Andre Iguodala, who finished 2-for-15 from the floor.
So it makes all the sense in the world that they beat the Spurs 77-71, right? It does when you consider than they held San Antonio to 33.3 percent shooting and forced them into 16 turnovers.
Only Jrue Holiday and Spencer Hawes scored in double figures for the 76ers, but Elton Brand had a solid effort with eight points and 17 rebounds.
22. March 22, 2004: Philadelphia 76ers 107, Dallas Mavericks 98
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Without an injured Allen Iverson and Glenn Robinson, the rest of the 76ers showed that they were more than capable of handling the offensive load.
Backup guard John Salmons scored a career-high 21 points and hit five of the Sixers' 11 three-pointers as they beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-98. For the game, Philadelphia shot 54.5 percent from the field and was 11-for-18 from beyond the arc.
21. December 29, 2010: Philadelphia 76ers 123, Phoenix Suns 110
Heading into their matchup against the Phoenix Suns, the 76ers were without their do-everything superstar Andre Iguodala, who was nursing an Achilles' injury. It didn't matter all that much.
Philadelphia quickly adopted the Suns "seven seconds or less" philosophy and excelled early on, shooting 61 percent from the field in the first half. And despite the fact that only eight Sixers saw any action, Philadelphia was able to pull out a 123-110 victory on the road.
The game was a coming-out party of sorts for Sixers swingman Evan Turner, who finished with 23 points off of the bench. Small forward Andres Nocioni was nothing short of fantastic in Iguodala's stead, scoring 22 points in addition to his 12 rebounds.
20. Nov. 29, 2005: Philadelphia 76ers 107, Portland Trail Blazers 83
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The 76ers doubled the Portland Trail Blazers on the glass (60 rebounds to 30) and cruised to a relatively easy 107-83 victory in an early-season matchup.
Second-chance points were the key to victory—Philadelphia had 21 offensive rebounds, which resulted in them taking 22 more field goal attempts than Portland on the night.
Chris Webber led the Sixers with 15 boards (six offensive), and every other starter for Philadelphia finished with at least seven rebounds.
19. Dec. 14, 2009: Philadelphia 76ers 117, Golden State Warriors 101
Thanks to a 59-26 rebounding edge, the 76ers dominated the Golden State Warriors, 117-101. The victory snapped Philadelphia's 12-game losing streak—their previous win occurred on Nov. 18 of that year against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Seven players scored in double figures for the 76ers, led by Thaddeus Young, who finished with 26 points to go along with his 14 rebounds. Allen Iverson, who had just rejoined the team two weeks earlier, scored 20 on 7-for-10 shooting.
18. April 3, 2005: Philadelphia 76ers 97, Boston Celtics 93
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With the 2005 Atlantic Division crown still in the balance, the 76ers went up to Boston and defeated the division-leading Celtics 97-93 in a late-season battle.
Early in the game, the Sixers enjoyed a 26-point lead, but that deficit was quickly erased as the teams entered halftime tied at 55. Neither team shot particularly well—both finished below 40 percent from the field—but Philadelphia finished with 19 steals and played excellent defense despite being without the injured Chris Webber.
Allen Iverson had a stellar performance, tallying 38 points, nine assists, six steals and four rebounds. Ricky Davis led Boston with 27 points off of the bench.
17. November 24, 2006: Philadelphia 76ers 123, Chicago Bulls 108
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While Allen Iverson carried the load (46 points, 10 assists), he had plenty of help from his teammates in the Sixers 123-108 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Wachovia Center.
Willie Green scored 16 second-quarter points, while Andre Iguodala had 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals to help lead the Philadelphia attack. The Sixers 123 points is remarkable considering that they were without the services of power forward Chris Webber, who missed his fourth consecutive game with a lower-back injury.
16. March 9, 2008: Philadelphia 76ers 119, Milwaukee Bucks 97
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Led by 22 points from Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia shot a season-high 60.3 percent as they knocked off the Milwaukee Bucks, 119-97, at the Bradley Center.
Seven players finished in double-figures for the Sixers, who enjoyed a notable advantage in fast break points when compared to Milwaukee (30 to 4).
15. Dec. 15, 2010: Philadelphia 76ers 105, Los Angeles Clippers 91
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The 76ers played outstanding defense against the Clippers, holding Los Angeles to under 40 percent shooting from the field. Most impressively, Philadelphia only turned the ball over five times as a team en route to their 14-point victory.
Heading into halftime, the 76ers were trailing 56-53, but they turned up the heat defensively in the third quarter—a period in which they outscored the Clippers 34-18.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 24 points, while center Spencer Hawes had one of his better all-around games of the season with 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
14. April 18, 2005: Philadelphia 76ers 122, Milwaukee Bucks 106
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Thanks in large part to a 70-point first half, the 76ers cruised to a 122-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, clinching a spot in the 2005 NBA Playoffs.
Allen Iverson led the attack with 39 points and 12 assists as Philadelphia shot 58 percent over the first two quarters and knocked down 11 three-pointers on the night.
13. March 26, 2008: Philadelphia 76ers 121, Chicago Bulls 99
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One look at the box score shows that Philadelphia dominated virtually every aspect of their 13-92 victory over the Chicago Bulls. In addition to their 46 rebounds and 36 assists, they knocked down 11 3-pointers and pressured the Bulls into 24 turnovers.
The win was the Sixers 19th victory in 24 games, and came relatively easily considering the fact that they outscored the Bulls 30-2 in fast break points.
76ers' point guard Andre Miller was the star of the night with nine points, eight rebounds and a game-high 18 assists, while Lou Williams led the team in scoring with 23 off of the bench.
12. March 19, 2008: Philadelphia 76ers 115, Denver Nuggets 113
On March 19, 2008, the 76ers shot better than 60 percent from the field as they defeated the Denver Nuggets, 115-113, in Allen Iverson's return to Philadelphia.
The game was Iverson's first appearance at the Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) Center since being traded to the Nuggets the prior season. The former Sixer had a stellar performance with 32 points and eight assists, but missed a jumper near the end of regulation that would have sent the game into overtime.
Although all eyes were on Iverson, it was another player doing battle against his former team that made the ultimate difference. Andre Miller (who was acquired in the Iverson deal) led the 76ers with 28 points and 12 assists.
11. April 10, 2010: Philadelphia 76ers 120, Memphis Grizzlies 101
In one of the last games of the brief Eddie Jordan era, everything came together for the 76ers when they faced the Memphis Grizzles near the end of the 2009-10 season.
The Sixers shot 57 percent from the field and went 14-for-26 from beyond the arc as they routed the Grizzlies, 120-101. Ironically, despite the impressive shooting from the perimeter, backup center Marreese Speights led the team in scoring that night with 22 points.
It was only the third time in franchise history that the 76ers had made 14 three-pointers during a game.
10. Nov. 3, 2008: Philadelphia 76ers 125, Sacramento Kings 91
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When eight players score in double-figures for an NBA team, it usually equals a victory. That's exactly what happened for the 76ers in their game against the Sacramento Kings, as virtually everyone on the roster got into the scoring column.
As a team, Philadelphia shot nearly 60 percent from the floor and hit 10 of their 13 three-point attempts—a surprising fact considering that the Sixers were last in the NBA in three-point percentage the prior season.
The Sixers led by as much as 40 points in the game and outscored the Kings by at least six points in every quarter.
9. March 31, 2003: Philadelphia 76ers 118, Orlando Magic 113
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On March 31, 2003, the 76ers clinched a berth in the NBA Playoffs with their 118-113 win over the Orlando Magic.
As usual, Iverson led all scorers in the game (42 points), but the Sixers work on the glass is what paved the way to victory. Philadelphia pulled down 61 rebounds thanks in large part to Kenny Thomas, who had 20 boards to go along with his 24 points. Derrick Coleman also recorded a double-double that evening, scoring 18 points and racking up 13 rebounds.
For the Magic, Tracy McGrady narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 39 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. But the Magic's rebounding woes can be directly attributed to the play of their starting front line that night—Drew Gooden and Shawn Kemp combined for only three rebounds in 35 minutes of action.
8. Dec. 12, 2010: Philadelphia 76ers 88, New Orleans Hornets 70
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The 76ers-Hornets game began in the early afternoon, which might be the reason why both teams appeared to spend the better part of the first half sleepwalking.
Fortunately for Sixers fans, despite the less-than-stellar quality of basketball, their team came out on the positive side of the ledger with an 88-70 win. Hornets fans weren't quite so lucky.
The Hornets set a franchise record by going 1-for-21 in the second quarter and shot 6-42 (14.3 percent) in the entire first half. For the record, this same Hornets team began the 2010-11 campaign with an 11-1 mark.
Chris Paul, who finished with 25 points, was the only New Orleans player in double-figures. He also had three of his team's four assists—those four assists were one shy of the NBA record for fewest assists by a team in a single game.
7. March 6, 2003: Philadelphia 76ers 88, Portland Trail Blazers 60
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Late in the 76ers 88-60 victory, head coach Larry Brown fell ill and left the bench prior to the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the Trail Blazers, they had to play all 48 minutes.
Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 36 points as Philadelphia rolled a Portland team that couldn't find its rhythm all night. In the second and third quarters, the Trail Blazers scored a combined 25 points.
Portland narrowly missed setting a team record for the fewest number of points in a game—they only scored 58 points in a game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2001.
6. Feb. 20, 2008: Philadelphia 76ers 124, New York Knicks 84
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On this night against New York, the 76ers scored 102 through three quarters as chants of "Fire Isiah!" rained down upon embattled Knicks coach Isiah Thomas.
Those chants were well-deserved in the aftermath of the 76ers 124-84 victory over the Knicks—a game in which Philadelphia dominated from the jump after ending the first quarter with a 37-17 advantage.
The 76ers were up by as many as 46 points in the second half, as they forced the Knicks into 25 turnovers. Willie Green led the Sixers with 21 points, while Thaddeus Young added 20 points and eight rebounds in a reserve role.
5. Oct. 31, 2009: Philadelphia 76ers 141, New York Knicks 127
Thanks to nearly 61 percent shooting, the 76ers defeated the Knicks, 141-127, in one of the most prolific offensive performances in team history.
Four 76ers scored 20 points or more, led by Andre Iguodala, who had 32 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. In a rare start, Lou Williams also flirted with a triple-double, scoring 27 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out seven assists.
In total, Philadelphia shot 51-for-84 from the floor and 36-for-42 from the free throw line. Even so, they needed overtime to knock off the Knicks, who were led by Al Harrington, who scored 42 off of the bench.
4. Oct. 31, 2008: Philadelphia 76ers 116, New York Knicks 87
It was one of the most complete games that any team has ever played.
The 76ers were hot offensively (they finished 52-for-89 from the field), stingy on defense (holding the Knicks to 32.7 percent shooting) and they thoroughly dominated the paint, grabbing 62 rebounds on the night.
All in all, it added up to a 116-87 Halloween night victory over the New York Knicks, who saw more tricks than treats on the evening. No Knicks player finished better than 50 percent from the field, and the team was 7-for-28 from beyond the three-point line.
Elton Brand and Andre Miller combined for 44 points in a game that Philadelphia controlled from start to finish. It should be noted that the Knicks placed Stephon Marbury on the inactive list prior to the contest—he would eventually be bought out of his $20.8 million contract later that season.
3. April 20, 2003: Philadelphia 76ers 98, New Orleans Hornets 90
An all-around team effort on the defensive end keyed the 76ers 98-90 win in Game 1 of the first round of the 2003 NBA Playoffs. As a unit, the Sixers limited the Hornets to only 28 made baskets on the night and forced New Orleans into 21 turnovers.
Most of the offense—literally—was supplied by Allen Iverson, who scored 55 of his team's points. Jamal Mashburn (28 points) was the only Hornets player to score more than 11 points.
2. May 2, 2003: Philadelphia 76ers 107, New Orleans Hornets 103
Allen Iverson scored 45 points, and Kevin Van Horn added 18 points and 18 rebounds as the 76ers defeated the New Orleans Hornets 107-103 in Game 6 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
The victory clinched the series for the 76ers—it was their first (and only) playoff series win of the past decade.
1. April 24, 2011: Philadelphia 76ers 86, Miami Heat 82
Down by six with 90 seconds to go, it appeared as though the 76ers were going to be swept by the evil empire known as the Miami Heat.
But thanks to two huge three-pointers by Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams, Philadelphia closed out the game on a 10-0 run to stay alive in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.
Evan Turner showed why the Sixers made him the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, scoring a team-high 17 points and pulling down six rebounds.
Turner wasn't alone when it came to spectacular performances; the entire team was locked in on the defensive end, limiting the Heat to 38.5 percent shooting from the field.
It was the first and only time the 76ers would defeat the Heat last season, but it was an important confidence boost for a young team primed for success down the road.