Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sixers Overcome 18 Point 4th Quarter Defecit to Defeat Bulls

This is the type of game playoff teams win. The Sixers trailed 88-70 with 11 minutes left and looked poised to drop a game against a weak Bulls team. Instead, led by Rodney Carney and Andre Iguodala, they came storming back with a run of 40-18 to win the game 110-106. Carney scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, including a three pointer with under 2 minutes left to give the Sixers a lead that they never relinquished. Iguodala led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Even more impressive about the comeback win was the fact that they did it without Andre Miller, who sat out the fourth quarter with a sore back.

With the win, the Sixers remain one game behind the Wizards for the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference. They are 2 games under .500, and, barring a huge collapse, appear a near lock to make the playoffs at this point. Their "Hell Week" ends tomorrow with a game against the Spurs at home, and then they have 3 days off before they welcome old friend Allen Iverson and the Denver Nuggets back to Philly.

With the Flyers floundering and the Phillies sputtering towards the regular season, the Sixers seem to have caught fire at the right time. They have won 14 of their last 18 games, and have made basketball exciting again for Philly fans. Of course, once the playoffs start and they have to face the Pistons or the Celtics in multiple games, their weaknesses will likely be exposed and they will be quickly bounced from the playoffs. In the meantime, let's just enjoy the ride.

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