January 25 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“It was as if Thaddeus Young was dropping from the sky rather than rising from the court.
So soaring were Young’s dunks, and so soaring were all of the 76ers’ countless slams, that for much of the game your eyes were tilted upward, waiting for the ball to be caught and delivered through the hoop.
The Sixers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 105-95, Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. They built a first-half lead, increased it in the third quarter, and maintained it in the fourth. It was something quite rare for these Sixers, who seem to be gradually familiarizing themselves with the particulars of victory.
The Sixers improved to 19-25. The Suns, who were on the final game of a five-game road trip, dropped to 20-23.
“I actually love playing in a game like this because I don’t just have to bump and bang with guys under the basket all of the time. . . . That’s perfect for me,” said Young, who finished with 24 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field and was freed by the Suns’ free-flowing style.
“Thad Young, specifically, really stepped up and played great for us,” said power forward Elton Brand, who scored 22 points. “Our bench was key.”
The Sixers‘ bench scored 58 points and converted 25 field goals. One of those field goals, with 3 minutes, 31 seconds left in the second quarter, came during two frenzied minutes when the game looked as if there weren’t any rules: no clock, no referees, no out of bounds.
Just some guys running as hard as possible and jumping as high as possible. Not surprisingly, the Sixers dominated this stretch.”
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