The Sixers came back home to Philadelphia from Washington after a very disappointing lose and performance against the Wizards on Friday night. The team had very little time to think about that performance because they were back on the court at home at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday night against a pretty good Atlanta Hawks team. The Sixers defeated the Hawks, 95-90 in front of a sell out crowd of over 19,000 fans who came out to see their Sixers.
The 76ers Elton Brand had a season high 25 points. He shot 10 for 12 from the field and 5 for 6 from the free throw line. He also had 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 block shots. He was getting up and down the court like a younger Elton Brand. It is something that the Sixers hope that Brand can bring to the playoffs when they start in a few weeks. If Elton and be that go to guy in the playoffs and can put the team on his back well the Sixers are going to be very tough to beat in the playoffs. Is that too much to ask of Elton Brand?
The Sixers trail the division leading Boston Celtics by a half-game. The Celtics did not play Saturday night but do have a very big game at home Sunday afternoon against the Miami Heat. The 76ers are currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings and they definitely don't want to stay in that spot. The seventh seed will get either the Miami Heat or the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs and really no team in the East wants to see either of those two in the first round. It could be a quick playoffs if the Sixers have to face that.
The Sixers had to win this game because it was at home and they had to get that bad taste from Friday night out of their mouths too. Also the team is traveling to play on Tuesday the Miami Heat, a team that has had their number this season. This game was huge for the Sixers.
In the fourth quarter Jrue Holiday hit a three pointer which gave the Sixers a 80-75 lead. Atlanta scored and than Andre Iguodala hit a three to put the Sixers up by six points.
Andre Iguodala had 18 points. Evan Turner had 13 points and Jodie Meeks had 12 points on the night for the Sixers.
The Atlanta Hawks were lead by all star forward Josh Smith who had 34 points with 26 of them coming in the first three quarters of the game. He was 12 for 18 from the field and kept the Hawks in the game.
The game was very tight all night and had the feel of a playoff game. Both teams played well and showed a lot of heart. The intensity level was very high. The Hawks right now are the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Sixers got the win they needed and needed badly. Now on Tuesday night they have a really tough game against the Miami Heat down in Florida. The Sixers can again find out where they sit with the elite of the Eastern Conference. It could be even tougher if the Heat don't beat the Celtics on Sunday. The Sixers certainly do not want to see a angry Heat team on Tuesday because that could be trouble. The Sixers no doubt want to win the Atlantic Division so every game now down the stretch is huge for the Sixers.