Jan 122011
Sixers G Jrue Holiday

Sixers G Jrue Holiday

January 12 Philadelphia Daily News:

“NOT MANY people cared to venture out in the snow last night to watch the 76ers play the Indiana Pacers.

Not many 76ers cared to play much defense last night, either.

On a night when the Sixers got back their defensive leader in Andre Iguodala, they gave Indiana a plethora of open looks that led to many easy baskets and a 111-103 win.

With such a small crowd, you needed a power outlet to find any electricity in the Wells Fargo Center, and the Sixers couldn’t find any throughout the game. They seemed to have as much interest in this one as a school bus driver has in driving in the snow. And this happened against an Indiana team that had lost 10 of 13 and nine straight road games. A team the Sixers are battling for a playoff spot.

“Needless to say we were in an uphill struggle the whole night,” said despondent Sixers coach Doug Collins. “We came out incredibly flat. This is a team that can really shoot the ball. They got out to a great, great start.”

Mercurial point guard Darren Collison got to wherever he wanted on the court without much resistance throughout the game, and it led to him finishing with 21 points and 13 assists. Benefiting most from Collison’s playmaking were swingmen Danny Granger, who went off for 27 points, and Mike Dunleavy, who posted 20 including 15 in the first quarter when the Pacers quickly jumped out to a 10-point lead.

“These last two losses are difficult to swallow,” said Elton Brand, referring to Saturday’s 112-109 loss in Detroit in which the Pistons hit a three-pointer in the last seconds to send the game into OT. “At Detroit, we had that game. Tonight, we came back from [16] down and took a [five- point] lead. This is tough to swallow these two losses.”

Jrue Holiday collected 19 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers, who fell to 15-23 and lost for just the third time in their last 12 home games.

The Pacers didn’t so much settle for jump shots throughout the game as much as they took what was given to them. So infrequently did the Pacers try to get to the basket that they only went to the foul line one time entering the fourth quarter, and that was on a technical foul.

The Pacers opened their biggest lead of the game early in the third quarter when a 15-footer by Tyler Hansbrough (12 points, nine rebounds) gave them a 67-51 advantage. But the Sixers, powered by Lou Williams and Marreese Speights, scored 38 of the game’s next 55 points to take a five-point lead, 89-84, early in the fourth.”

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