December 30 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Doug Collins and Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry have a long history together, both on and off the basketball court. Collins had said before last night’s 76ers-Suns game that winning against Gentry isn’t all that great because you don’t like to see a friend lose a game.
During his team’s 123-110 win at the U.S. Airways Center, Collins ran up and down the sideline with his players, jumped high in the air when a loose ball was up for grabs and poured out as much sweat as his players as his team improved to 13-19 with a 123-110 win over the Suns.
The frenetic pace of the game seemed to be quite conducive for Phoenix.
Veterans Steve Nash and Grant Hill might not have the speed or the young legs that litter the Sixers roster, but they have the advantage in an up-and-down contest in a much different way. To the likes of Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks and Evan Turner, the game was speedy both physically and mentally. For Nash and Hill, it is much slower in their minds. That is the advantage of being veterans. As quick as the contest may go up and down the floor, it always stays the same speed in their minds.
Last night, however, youth won out. The Sixers, despite being without Andre Iguodala (Achilles’ tendinitis), got significant contributions from all eight who played and handed the Suns their fourth straight loss.
“Needless to say, that was incredibly gratifying,” said Collins, smeared with perspiration following the win. “I’m not used to those kind of games. At halftime, I told our assistant coaches that I felt like I was a car going downhill without brakes. The Suns are so good at playing that game, I was concerned about us playing that way for 48 minutes.”
If the 76ers are forced into a shootout with teams, they usually have about as much of a chance of coming away with a win as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid did when cornered in Bolivia.
Heading into the game, the Sixers were 0-11 when allowing more than 100 points and had been prone to giving away small leads in close games.”
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