November 3 Associated Press:
PHILADELPHIA – Elton Brand had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young scored 16 points to help the Philadelphia 76ers to their first victory of the season, 101-75 over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.
Sixers coach Doug Collins wasn’t around to celebrate his first win since he was hired in May. Collins left the bench at halftime because of symptoms related to vertigo. He missed two preseason games because of symptoms related to a concussion he sustained on Memorial Day, then had neurological testing and treatment for what was diagnosed as vertigo.
Collins had nothing to worry about but his health when he left with the Sixers holding a 26-point lead. One night after a crushing overtime loss at Washington, Philadelphia dominated early for its first win in five games.
Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams all had 11 points for the Sixers. Evan Turner scored 12.
Associate head coach Michael Curry took over at the break and watched the Pacers cut into the lead before Williams sank a 3-pointer right before the horn to push the lead back to 20.
All the necessary ingredients that the Sixers missed the first four games all came together in the first quarter. They got scoring from their starters , Brand, Holiday and Spencer Hawes combined for 22 points. They raced out to a fast start and led by 15 points. And they got to the free throw line.
The Sixers had difficulty just getting to the line in the first four games. Collins complained before tip that Sixers starters averaged only nine free throws a game. Amazingly, Hawes hadn’t attempted one all season. Holiday went to the line only four times and Jason Kapono, who started two games, only once all season.
Hawes got there in the first quarter, missing both attempts. Led by Brand, the Sixers shot from the line 11 times in the quarter. They made 21 of 25 overall.
With another sparse crowd chanting “Let’s go, Lou!” for some rare noise, Williams hit a step-back jumper to make it 31-16 to end the first. The 5,000 fans or so who showed up gave the Sixers a standing ovation.
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