February 12 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“FOR AS LONG as they could, the 76ers held the San Antonio Spurs down in the mud with them.
When you’re facing the team with the best record in the league, a team that entered the game with a 20-1 record against teams under .500, and you’re a club that is trying to climb the NBA ladder, that’s what you have to do to compete.
Last night’s game at the Wells Fargo Center resembled a horse race in the heavy rain, and the Sixers came out as the better mudders.
Fueled by two key offensive rebounds from Elton Brand, smothering defense by Andre Iguodala and a game-high 27 points from Jrue Holiday on a night when no one seemed able to find the basket, the Sixers handed the Spurs a surprising and rare 77-71 loss. The win improved the Sixers to 25-28. San Antonio is 44-9.
As easy as it would be to say this was an ugly offensive game, as both teams combined to shoot 34.4 percent, much of the reasoning behind that was because of the outstanding defense both teams played. The defense certainly led to some ugly numbers (25 points by the Spurs in the second half, 10-for-46 shooting, a woeful 21.7 percent, by both teams in the third quarter), but the best numbers it produced for the Sixers were the final ones on the scoreboard when the horn blared.
“That was an incredible display by our guys defensively,” coach Doug Collins said. “I’ve never been more proud. This was a grind-it-out, halfcourt game.””
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