Sunday, March 2, 2008

Surging Sixers down Suns

The Sixers playoff push continues. Winning their 9th game in 12 tries, the Sixers went on the road and beat the Phoenix Suns 119-114. It was the first time in six years that the Sixers won in Pheonix. The win pushes the Sixers into the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers bounced back nicely after a poor showing against the Golden State Warriors. Andre Iguodala led the way again with 32 points, while Andre Miller had 25 points and 12 assists. The Sixers played well as a team, with six players finishing in double figures.

Maybe the Sixers are too young to know they aren't supposed to be beating the Western Conference powerhouses. Maybe the Suns are struggling to work their latest acquisition, Shaq, into the mix. Whatever the case, the Sixers showed a lot of heart bouncing back in the second game on the road in as many days.

Up next are three winnable games for the Sixers, as they face the Clippers in L.A., and then they go home to play the Sonics, then back on the road to Milwaukee to face the Bucks. The Sixers better take two of their next three, because after those games, they will face the two top teams in the East, the Celtics and the Pistons. One of those two elite opponents will likely be the Sixers first round opponent should they make the playoffs. Even with the way they have been playing lately, it would be quite an accomplishment if they can manage a split against Boston and Detroit.

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