Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Thaddeus Young Leads Sixers to Victory Over Raptors
The Sixers needed a big win tonight coming off that unspeakable loss to the Thunder, and that is exactly what they got. The Sixers beat the Raptors 115-106 at the Wachovia Center, getting their record back up to .500 at 31-31. For the Raptors, it lowered their record to 23-42 on the season.
Thaddeus Young came through in a big way tonight for the Sixers. He scored a career high 29 points (so close to being the first Sixer this year to break 30!) and also added 5 rebounds. Also, his +/- was a team high +16.
A close second for Sixers Player of the Game? My man Samuel Dalembert. He scored 19 points and brought down 13 rebounds. He also swatted three shots. Hopefully he can play like this on a lot more frequent basis as he seems to only have one of these nights once a month.
The young guys off the bench also showed up to play, with Marreese Speights and Lou Williams scoring 13 apiece. Reggie Evans did not put up an incredible stat line, but he was in there doing the little things that he does that help the Sixers win games.
Another thing the Sixers did pretty well tonight: Get to the line and convert their chances. The Sixers have not been the cream of the crop this season in making free throws, but tonight they made 22 of 30 for 73%. This was actually Young's only weak point in the game, he made just 1 of 4 from the line.
For the Raptors, Andrea Bargnani led the way with 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Shawn Marion scored 18 points and Chris Bosh scored 17 points. The Raptors shot very well from three point land, shooting 9 of 17 overall for 52%. Bargnani personally shot 4 of 6 from deep.
Next up for the Sixers: The Chicago Bulls at home on Friday at 7:00 PM.