Saturday, March 15, 2008

Sixers Shock Spurs

So much for Andre Miller's ailing back. Miller scored a season-high 32 points to lead the Sixers to a 103-96 victory over the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. The Sixers led for most of the way, earning a convincing victory that was their 7th win in their last 8 games. The Sixers finished off a tough week that included road victories over the Pistons and Bulls with one of their best efforts in front of a loud crowd of more than 19,000 at the Wachovia Center.

The Sixers had a great effort from Miller, who played 43 minutes tonight despite a nagging back injury. Miller was on fire all night shooting 79% from the field, 91% from the line, plus he also added 7 assists and 5 rebounds to go with his season high in points. Like I said last week, Miller needs to be getting some consideration for MVP. He has done some amazing things for a team that has no business being in the playoffs. His leadership and tremendous play are what being an MVP is all about.

A few other players put up solid games. Andre Iguodala tallied 25 points, and Samuel Dalembert had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. For the Spurs, Tony Parker had a great game, finishing with 27 points, and Manu Ginobli filled up the scoresheet with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.

Philly continues to be the surprise team in the Eastern Conference. Washington keeps on winning so the Sixers are still stuck in the 7th seed one game behind the Wizards. They are also a mere two games behind the Raptors for the 5th seed. At this point a playoff spot seems a given, and with the way they are playing they might be able to steal a few first round games from whoever they end up facing.

The Sixers playoff quest continues Wednesday against Allen Iverson and the Nuggets. If you thought the Wachovia Center was loud for tonight's contest, wait until you hear the crowd for the Denver game.

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