Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Sixers hold on, beat Pistons

In a match-up that could be a preview of the first round of the NBA playoffs, the Sixers continued to show why they are going to be a dangerous opponent for whoever they end up facing in a seven game series. The Sixers knocked off the 2nd seeded team in the Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons, 101-94. The Sixers built an early lead and never allowed the Pistons to catch up. In fact, once the Sixers took the lead 18 seconds into the game on a Samuel Dalembert basket, they never gave it up. The Pistons were playing without their leading scorer, Richard Hamilton, and, with their playoff spot wrapped up, they gave plenty of minutes to their second string, but the victory was impressive nonetheless.

Leading the way for the Sixers offensively was Andre Iguodala, who scored 16 points in the second half to finish with 25 points. Iguodala made four three pointers on the night, and also filled up his score sheet with 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Dalembert also had a great game, netting 20 points and 13 rebounds. Andre Miller added 9 assists.

The dream season continues for the Sixers, who have won 14 of their last 19. The amazing thing is looking at all the top teams they have beaten this year: Boston, Detroit, Orlando, San Antonio, Houston, Phoenix, Dallas and Denver have all lost at the hands of the Sixers. It's a testament to how far the team has come this season that they not only can beat the teams they are supposed to, but they are hanging with, and even knocking off, the NBA's elite.

Highlights courtesy of Comcast SportsNet:

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