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Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Night To Remember at the Spectrum

On a night that will never leave the minds of the Sixers' faithful, the Sixers did not disappoint. Bolstered by the inspiring play of Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the thousands watching, got to be a part of one of the most magical nights in Sixers history. Opening in 1967, the Spectrum has been the setting to some of the most historical moments in the history of sports. It isn't the prettiest building, but it is what's inside that counts. Inside that building tonight, was one great basketball game. In the final minute of the contest, Thaddeus Young bursted down the court, uncontested, and slipped in his 31st point of the game, which was a career high, and reminiscent to the championship clinching basket made by Sixers legend, Mo Cheeks. A night after his career high, apparently he was not satisfied. He once again set a new peronal high in points scored, and has recorded three straight games with more than twenty points for the first time in his young career.

Along side Thad, Andre Iguodala dropped 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Andre knew it was "winning time." Once again, he made the baskets when they counted. Quietly Sammy Dalembert snagged 19 rebounds, and once again proved his value. There are many Sammy D haters out there, but without him, the team's defense would have no back bone. He also recorded 8 points and 4 blocks. He saved his best block last. Rookie phenom Derrick Rose cut the the basket, only to be rejected by the lanky arm of Sammy D. The humble Andre Miller also added 13 points along with 13 assists. The 76ers next game will be Sunday, against the playoff contending Miami Heat, and the red hot Dwyane Wade. Hopefully the Sixers can take a little bit of momentum out of this historic night.

Brian Jacobs.

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