Philadelphia 76ers: Sixers Win Big over Celtics Behind Hawes, Brand

March 11th, 2011 by Glenn Barnard Leave a reply »
What we saw tonight was a huge win for the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. As predicted, the Sixers came away with a win over the Boston Celtics. 

With a surprising performance from Spencer Hawes, the Sixers powered their way over the Celtics with big contributions from Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand to win the game 89-86.

Both Brand and Hawes sunk 14 points, and Iguodala dropped 13. But more importantly, the Sixers closed the game in the final seconds of the game with a circus-style layup from Andre Iguodala high off the backboard to seal the deal. 

The Sixers closed a game. Andre Iguodala closed a game.

It was a close game the whole way. The biggest factors in the Sixers defeating the Celtics was limiting the production of Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. Allen was held to only five points, and though Rondo scored 12 with a jump-shot that just did not miss, the Sixers' outstanding defense stopped what Rondo does best—dish the ball and get assists.

Rondo was held to only five assists after coming into tonight's game averaging 12 assists a game. This was the key to beating Boston tonight. If you stop Ron ...

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