The Sixers on Monday night did not play one of their better all around games of the season but their defense at times was very dominating. The Sixers were beginning a three game stretch on this current home stand agains the three top teams in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers in front of a crowd of 16,299 at the Wells Fargo Center defeated the Orlando Magic 74-69 and showed the fans and the media thay they are for real.
The Sixers did not have one of their best offensive games of the season. In fact the Sixers point total on Monday night was their lowest they have put up all season. Even with that the Sixers still found a way to win the game and good teams when they are not playing there best game will find a way to win. The Sixers field goal percentage in the game was 37.5 percent. The team shot 30 for 80 on the night. Not one of their better nights. The Sixers improved their record to 15-6 which leads the Atlantic Division.
The Sixers won their third straight game and they ended a six-game losing streak to the Orlando Magic at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers are now 4-1 on their current seven game home stand and have two more games left on this home stand. The next two games are against the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat, the top two teams right now in the Eastern Conference.
The Sixers in the first half of Monday night's game scored 37 points and led the Magic by four points. In the third quarter the Sixers defense stifled the Magic holding them to just nine points. That was the fewest points any team has scored against the Sixers in any quarter all season long and the Sixers lead at the end of the third quarter, 68-49.
The Sixers Andre Iguodala finished the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Tony Battie had eight points and nine rebounds, and Elton Brand had eight points and seven rebounds. The Orlando Magic were led by center Dwight Howard who had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Ryan Anderson finished with 14 points and had 20 rebounds in the game.
The 76ers shut it down late in the game in garbage time and almost let their lead slip away. The Sixers had a 68-49 lead with 5 minutes, 23 seconds left in the game. Orlando got to within six points with 19 seconds left in the game, 72-66. The Sixers held on and got the win but head coach Doug Collins was not happy.
The Sixers are happy with the win but playing like they did at the end of the game will not cut it against the likes of Chicago and Miami. The Sixers were missing free throws and not executing on the defensive side of the court toward the end of the game. It was just your typical team coasting and shutting it down at the end of the game. The Sixers can definitely not do that against the good teams. Now we will find out where this Sixers team stands against the Bulls and Heat. Are the Sixers the real deal? Well we will certainly find out something in the next couple of games.