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Iguodala can’t go home again. Not and win, anyway, Philly beats Denver.

Nov 1, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes blocks a shot by the Denver Nuggets Wilson Chandler during their NBA basketball game in Philadelphia Reuters

Andre Iguodala returned to Philly and got booed. Lustily. Then got a standing ovation after a tribute video. Then largely became irrelevant (he had 11 points) as it became the Spencer Hawes show.

It was just that kind of anticlimactic game.

I wouldn’t say Philly won this game as much they were less ugly — they shot 35.3 percent overall and 28 percent from three.

And Philly still beat Denver 84-75.

Your star of the game is none other than Spencer Hawes, who finished with 16 points — on just 11 shots — 12 rebounds and five blocks. He was the best player in the paint. So to recap: Spencer Hawes, who re-signed for two years, $13,5 million this summer has completely outplayed JaVale McGee, he of the $44 million off-season contract.

Denver is supposed to be an up-tempo, fun to watch, bombs-away-from three kind of team but the Sixers defense took them out of that flow early. And in the middle. And the end. Philly’s defense won them this game by controlling the tempo and running when they wanted to run (they were ahead 15-6 in fast break points after the first half).

The Sixers defense made the game choppy and the result was a Nuggets team that shot just 37.5 percent on the night and had 20 turnovers (the continuation of a preseason trend) and all of it together did the Nuggets in.

Yet it was close much of the game and while the Sixers led most of the way they never really pulled away, shooting just 35.7 percent in the first half (but hitting 6-13 threes). Still Denver might have really fallen off the map had it not been for the 13 offensive rebounds in the first half and Andre Miller’s 8 points and shot creation.

The Sixers started to pull away in the third quarter and started to pull away. It got interesting in the fourth when Philly went cold in the fourth quarter for a stretch, going 1-11 shooting and that led to a Denver’s 14-3 run got it down to 1. But then after a timeout and some defensive stops — plus more Hawes — it was all over.

You don’t want to read too much into one game. Denver will be better. But we need to give credit where it is due — Doug Collins gets guys of lesser talent to play for him, and play over their head. He has done wonders for that franchise.

  1. lroc20 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    10, 9,8,76ers. Good start pulling out an ugly grind it out win. Iggy is overrated, plays great d but thats all folks

  2. xxakshunxx - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Sixers are getting no respect at all from anyone.. can’t even get an article about Jrue resigning for 4 years on this site

    • somekat - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

      Solid re-signing at 4 years 41 mil. More importantly, leaves them in a position to offer another max contract to a FA

  3. rickyspanish - Nov 1, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    What is up with the title of this post? Sounds like Yoda on bath salts.

    • somekat - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Because Kurt has the vocabulary of a 8 year old. “The Sixers started to pull away in the third quarter and started to pull away”…..really?

      He starts the article with “I wouldn’t say Philly won this game as much they were less ugly”, then proceeds to say “but we need to give credit where credit is due”….you already didn’t give them credit, clown

      Worst blogger on the internet

  4. mojosmagic - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    In a few weeks Andrew Bynum will be added to the mix. Watch out NBA.

  5. drtyhrry794 - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Lesser talent, WOW….. I hope someone puts that up in the Sixers locker room. Such desrespect.

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