February 5 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“A LOOK AT the box score of last night’s 100-98 76ers win over the New York Knicks will show that Sixers center Elton Brand dominated with a season-high 33-point, 16-rebound effort.
What it won’t show is perhaps Brand’s biggest play of the night. With the Sixers holding a tenuous 87-86 lead, Andre Iguodala was cutting through the lane from the right side to the left corner, trailed closely by the Knicks’ Danilo Gallinari. Brand firmly planted his feet, crossed his hefty arms across his chest, elbows slightly extended, and planted a thunderous pick on Gallinari that would have made Juan Castillo – before his job changed – proud.
Iguodala (career-high 16 assists, 18 points) got the pass and drained a three right in front of the Knicks bench that kept alive a 23-4 run, propelling the Sixers to their sixth win in seven games and raising their record to 23-26.
“That was just part of the game,” Brand said of the bone-jarring pick. “It was an important game, the ball came to me, coach [Doug Collins] called my plays. I’ve had some pretty big games this season, but this was the best overall game because we needed this one. I was prepared. It was definitely a long time coming. An important game that means something, it’s February, we’re looking for playoff positioning. It was a fun game all around. And to get the win, that was what was most important.””
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