Two days after going the distance with the L.A. Lakers the Philadelphia Sixers barely got by the worst team in basketball as they beat the New Jersey Nets 83-79 at the IZOD Center. The Sixers ended a three game losing streak in the process but kept the game a little close for comfort.
The Sixers (16-31) were lead by forward Andre Iguodala, who despite numerous trade rumors this week, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
The game was kept close due to the mediocre play by guard Allen Iverson. Iverson who carried the Sixers against the Lakers finishing with 23 points, A.I. ended the game in Jersey with 11 points and five assists.
Center Samuel Dalembert finished another stellar game with a 12 point 11 rebound effort. Sammy has increased his production in recent weeks and since the beginning of 2010 is averaging close to a double double every night.
The Sixers played catch up for most of the second half as New Jersey lead by 10 at one point early in the third. The Nets were lead by a pair of big men, rookie center Brook Lopez and seven footer Yi Jianlian. Lopez finished with a game high 18 points and Yi finished with a double double ending with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
This was another example of the lack of identity the Sixers are showing the season. The team finished with a dismal 31-85 (36.5%) from the field. The Sixers have become a tale of two teams who tend to stay competitive with over matched teams yet play down and tend to trail lower tiered opponents.
In the post game press conference Iverson reiterated this sentiment saying that its unacceptable to play against the world champions then finish a nail biter against a four win team...
Allen for once I agree with you..
The Nets (4-42) are on pace to end the season with the worst record in NBA history, a crown held by the 1972-73 Sixers who went an dismal 9-73.
Love it or hate it its my opinion