The 76ers head coach Doug Collins knew he had to shake up a few things on his team and well on Tuesday night he did that going into the game against the New Jersey Nets in New Jersey. He knew his team had to snap the four game losing streak that they were on and that they needed to get back on the winning trail again. Center Spencer Hawes did not start in this game and Collins had him coming off the bench. Well Doug Collins for one night looks like a genious because coming off the bench Hawes and scored a season high for him, 19 points and the Sixers defeated the Nets, 107-88 and got a much needed victory.
The win for the Sixers snapped a four game losing streak and it was just their fifth win in their last 15 games as they moved their season record to 30-27. The win gave them a half game lead over the New York Knicks and a one game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Sixers also got a big game Tuesday night from the rest of the bench as well. The bench was a big key in the 76ers getting this victory. Lou Williams who many had thought head coach Doug Collins would put him in the starting lineup, came off the Sixers bench and scored 20 points and Thaddeus Young again with another good game had 19 points.
The New Jersey Nets were led by Kris Humphries who had 20 points and 10 rebounds on the night for New Jersey. Also Deron Williams had 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists and all of it was very hard because the Sixers Andre Iguodala played excellent defense all night on Williams. This game the Sixers were not going to let Deron Williams have a big game against them like he did earlier in the year.
The Sixers Elton Brand hit two free throws and a jump shot to start an 18-10 run in the final six minutes of the first half that put the Philadelphia 76ers ahead at the half, 52-43.
Hawes who was taken out of the starting lineup and was replaced by Nik Vucevic had 8 points in the third quarter which helped the 76ers build an 18 point lead.
The Sixers got a much needed victory. The Sixers will be playing the Nets two more times in the remaining regular season games so the Sixers will get to know the Nets pretty well. The Sixers showed a lot of heart in Tuesday night's game and head coach Doug Collins made the right move in bringing Hawes off the bench it seemed to ignite the Sixers. It did seem to provide some much needed energy off the bench and the team looked like they had a lot of energy as well. A win can do that for a team and the victory for the Sixers on Tuesday was huge.