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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

76ers-Rockets: Iguodala Has Another Hot Shooting Day To Lead the Sixers to Victory

It was a nice return to the Wachovia Center for the Sixers as they defeated the Houston Rockets 104-96 Tuesday night after a third quarter surge where they outscored the Rockets 26-16. The Sixers improved their record to 14-20 while the Rockets fell to 21-15.

Andre Iguodala led the Sixers to victory with another great day from the field. He played for 42 minutes, scored a game high 28 points, all while shooting 12 of 19 or 63% from the field. He also tallied was a factor on defense, tallying four steals.

Iguodala is back to the top form we expected from him coming into this season. In November, he averaged just 13 points per game and shot 40.7% from the field. In his past four games, he is averaging almost 26 points a game and is shooting 58.4% from the field. He has even made three long range shots during this four game hot streak, although he is still dismal from three point land.

Samuel Dalembert is the only Sixer currently slated to represent them in the All Star game as the backup center in the Eastern Conference to Dwight Howard. Dalembert played just 13 minutes due to foul trouble and scored just two points and brought down five boards.

The Sixers received great contributions off the bench from Lou Williams and rookie Marreese Speights. Williams scored 15 points in 26 minutes and also had eight assists. Speights scored 15 points in 22 minutes while grabbing eight boards and blocking four shots.

For the first time all season, the Sixers had a better shooting percentage from three point land than their opponent. Houston shot 5 of 19 for 26.3% from behind the arc, while Philadelphia shot 3 of 9 for 33.3%. Going into the game, the Sixers were last in team three point shooting percentage with 29% dropping from behind the arc.

The Rockets had six players in double digits led by Luis Scola. Scola scored 18 points and had 17 rebounds. Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Von Wafer, and Carl Landry all added 14 points each.

Each team had the same amount of total rebounds and total assists, 41 rebounds and 23 assists.

This game was the first game back at home for the Sixers after a season-high six game road trip in which they returned from 1-5. Their lone win came against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Sixers play tomorrow at Milwaukee and on Friday at home against Charlotte.

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