Meeks leads Sixers past Bulls, 105-99

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Jan 082011
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Sixers G Lou Williams

January 8 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“A smile, however brief, crept across Jodie Meeks’ face.

And why not?

Meeks had just dropped his third three-pointer in a span of time so short you might have missed it while responding to a text message.

That third three-pointer, which caused the Meeks smile Friday night, came after he ran the left lane during a fastbreak, bobbled the pass near the basket, then dribbled out beyond the three-point line, inches in front of the Chicago Bulls’ bench.

Who cares that the play was broken? Or that in the last month, Meeks has been missing shots at such a high rate that some wondered whether he should remain in the starting lineup?

Forget all that.

The 76ers beat the Bulls, 105-99, and Meeks earned another few weeks as a starter.

“Jodie, welcome back,” said Sixers coach Doug Collins, also smiling after the win at the Wells Fargo Center. “When he gets hot, he so excites our team. You’ve seen that now.”

The Sixers improved to 15-21. The Bulls, led by Carlos Boozer with 31 points and 13 rebounds, dropped to 23-12.

In that one short stretch of the third quarter, Meeks, with help from point guard Jrue Holiday, turned this game from a probably-won’t-win into an almost-certainly-will-win .

Meeks scored 24 points, 15 in the first half and nine – the aforementioned three-pointers – in the third quarter. Holiday scored 19 points, nine in the third quarter on 4-for-4 shooting from the field.

“When you hit a couple of shots, it’s easier to hit the next one,” Meeks said.

“We’re definitely starting to feel each other right now,” Holiday said. “We have a lot of confidence. We’re kind of getting out of the whole thing where we start the third quarter slow.”

How un-slow was that third quarter?

The Sixers, who two weeks ago lost to the Bulls by 45 points, started the quarter with nine consecutive makes, finished it 14 for 18 from the floor (3 for 4 from beyond the arc), and went on a 20-4 explosion in 5 minutes, 40 seconds.”

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