The Philadelphia 76ers took down the Toronto Raptors by a score of 98-93, guaranteeing a .500 record, which is where they finished the 2008-09 season. Six of the eight players that were in Doug Collins’ rotation tonight finished with double figures in points, headlined by the solid performance of Elton Brand, who finished with 22 points and eight rebounds.
“It was imperative that we get this win tonight,” said Elton Brand in a post-game interview with CSN‘s Meredith Marakovits. “It was ugly, but we needed this win, so I’m glad we could pull it out.”
The Sixers now have their most home wins (26) since with 2000-2001 season.
Thaddeus Young came off the bench to score 20 points to go along with three steals. Young finished with more minutes (33) than starters, Spencer Hawes and Andre Iguodala, who finished with 30, due to foul trouble. During the broadcast, commentator, Eric Snow said he thought that during the absence of Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young would have the most significantly increased role.
Along with Young’s additional playing time off the bench, Rookie, Evan Turner notched 30 minutes, which is just over seven above his average. Turner ended with game with 10 points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Although Jrue Holiday’s game tonight was slightly anchored down by five turnovers, his stat sheet was decent. Holiday finished with a double-double; 13 points and 11 assists. Holiday also stole and rebounded the ball four times, which somewhat made up for his high turnover total.
Although the Raptors gathered their 58th loss of the season, the return of Reggie Evans played respectfully hard. Evan’s isn’t what you would call an offensive threat, but he still gathered eight hustle points, and rebounded the ball 15 more times, which is only a few above his season average of 11.3.
Guards, Jerryd Bayless and DeMar DeRozan paced the way for the Raptors in the points column. DeRozan fished with 27 points and Bayless tallied 24. Both of these young players show great scoring abilities. Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon were out for the Raptors, which resulted in more minutes for Bayless. He took advantage of them.
There’s now only two games left in the season and the 76ers will face the fourth-seeded Orlando Magic on Monday in Philadelphia, which is sure to be a playoff atmosphere.
“We’re gearing up for the playoffs,” said Brand. “I’m looking forward to seeing who we’re going to play, because we’re going to play good and play hard.”