December 15 Philadelphia Daily News:
“In the past two games, the Sixers have held their opponents to an average of 73.5 points and 32.2 percent shooting (52-for-161).
That can mask a whole lot of shortcomings. In Sunday’s win over the hapless New Orleans Hornets, it didn’t have to. Against the New Jersey Nets last night at the Prudential Center, it covered what was an overall lackluster effort.
Still, the Sixers found a way to do just a few more good things – or fewer bad things – than the Nets and pulled out their sixth win in eight games, 82-77. It was the eighth straight loss for New Jersey.
“This is one of those wins we want to forget about, really,” said swingman Andre Iguodala, who finished with just eight points. “It’s like a bad loss. It goes in the win column, but neither team played good. A win is a win and we’ll take it, but I don’t think we can be happy.”
It certainly beats the alternative, which is losing a game that is very winnable, something the Sixers have done repeatedly this season. The win came despite one of their coldest shooting stretches of the season, and another shaky ending.
Making eight of their first 11 shots to open the game, the Sixers (9-15) bolted to a 21-11 lead midway through the first quarter. Over the next 11 minutes and 47 seconds, the Sixers made just three of 18 from the floor, but they still managed to lead by 40-34 at halftime.
Though they led for the whole second half, and by as many as 11 with 4:23 to play, the Sixers almost fell into that familiar habit of blowing late leads.
After an Iguodala turnover against a press, the Nets’ Travis Outlaw drained a three to clip the lead to 78-75 with 34.6 seconds remaining. But unlike earlier in the season, the Sixers regrouped and Iguodala and Jodie Meeks (12 points) each drained a pair of foul shots down the stretch to secure the gruesome win.”
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