Ray Allen scored 21 points and Boston led from the start in winning its fifth straight game, 118-103 over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Rondo, Kevin Garnett and Tony Allen each scored 15 points for the Celtics. Kendrick Perkins had 12 points and Paul Pierce and Eddie House each had 11 in the win.
YOUR Philadelphia 76ers put together one of their best performance of this short season so far on Wednesday night in Toronto.
Elton Brand scored a season-high 25 points, Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala each had 18 and the 76er’s snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Raptors 106-96 in the Air Canada Centre.
Willie Green scored 17 points and Marreese Speights had 12 for the 76ers, who won for the first time in four tries away from home
Chris Bosh had 30 points and 12 rebounds, but Toronto still lost for the fourth time in five games after starting the season 3-0. Jermaine O’Neal added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and reserve Andrea Bargnani scored 15 for the Raptors.
Next up for the Sixers are the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.
Yourrrrr Philadelphia 76ers open up a new campaign tonight against the Toronto Raptors (game time has been moved to 6pm due to the potential Phillies Game 5 with high hopes and great expectations coming off last season’s playoff run and off-season moves.
A Brand New Era starts tonight as free agent signee Elton Brand makes his debut. Brand brings great optimism to the run and gun Sixers off their playoff run last year. “Anything less then the 2nd round this season is a disappointment” Brand recently said. Look for Band’s low post ability, more importantly combined with his defensive rebounding to spark the up tempo Sixers into even quicker outlets and fast breaks. Throughout the season the Sixers will look to wear out teams with running style offense and intense defense.
The Sixers are one of the handful of up and coming teams in the not so JV Eastern Conference anymore. They are in an Atlantic Division with the defending world champion Boston Celtics, and Toronto Raptor team that also was in last years playoffs, and added all-star center Jermaine O’Neal to form a nice front court tandem with power forward Chris Bosh.
This team has a nice mix of veteran leaders at the right positions, point guard Andre Miller is a floor general, with emerging young starts at other positions. I feel the Sixers can live up to the pre-season expectations they’ve set for themselves. While I do not see them beating out the defending champs for the division title, I think the Sixers will be in the 4,5 seed battle all season, advance to the conference semifinals losing to the repeat champion Celtics in a 7 game epic.
Final Record: 48-34, 2nd Atlantic Division, 5 seed in East
With opening night right around the corner the Sixers have solidifed their 15 man roster. The opener is Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors from the Wachovia Center. The roster please:
Centers: Samuel Dalembert, Theo Ratliff.
Forwards: Elton Brand, Donyell Marshall, Marreesse Speights, Thaddeus Young, Reggie Evans.
Guards: Andre Miller, Andre Igoudala, Kareem Rush, Royal Ivey, Lou Williams, Willie Green.
The Starting Five is looking to be:
C – Samuel Dalembert
PF – Elton Brand
SF – Thaddeus Young
SG – Andre Iguodala
PG – Andre Miller
Mareese once again dazzled the crowd adding another double double to his short NBA career (well summer league). The young core of the 76ers was led to victory over Atlantic Division foe, the Toronto Raptors by Thaddeus Young’s 21 points. Mareese Speights and Jason Smith once again led the charge on the glass for the Sixers. Speights ended the game with 15 points and 12 boards, while Smith added 12 and 12 respectively.
Speights has proven to be perhaps the most consistent pick of the NBA Draft so far. I know its early and I’m most likely getting my hopes up, but this kid can really rebound well and always seems to be in the right position. One skill that is very hard to teach and one that will never be taken for granted in this league. I know the argument, “it’s only summer league, please see: Marco Bellinelli, Nate Robertson, Marcus Banks”, but I think this is a different situation, different position, and will ultimately produce different results then those losers. Guess we will find out soon enough.
- Down 10 points in the 4th
- 19 – 0 run highlighted by 10 straight from Iggy to take an 89 – 80 lead with 5:00 to go.
- 1 of 6 teams to win IN Boston this year
- Detroit, Charlotte, Washington, Toronto, and Utah being the other five (all playoff teams except Charlotte – Ray Allen did not play in this game)
- 18 – 5 since the All-Star Break. 2nd best record in that span only to the Houston Rockets (who also won 22 in a row)
- Currently hold the 6th seed as Toronto has dropped 2 straight, meaning we would not face Detroit or Boston in Round 1.
- 1 game behind the 5th playoff spot currently held by Washington
- ABOVE .500 FOR THE 1ST TIME THIS SEASON (36 – 35)
Oh, you wanted highlights…
No. 2 — “MVP, MVP, MVP”
Our number 2 moment in the Answer’s top 10 moments in a 76er uniform comes once again from the memorable 2000-2001 season’s run to the NBA Finals. Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi’s, series tied 2-2. In the pre-game ceremony Allen Iverson was given his Most Valuable Player award for his 42 minutes a night (league leader), 31.1 points per game (league leader), 2.5 steals per game (league leader), and 4.6 assists per game season, while leading the 76ers to the number 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
After accepting the MVP trophy, the Answer delivered on cue. The NBA’s Most Valuable Player scored 52 points, including 29 in the first half, and poured in eight 3-pointers, a team playoff-record. The 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors 121-88 to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Answer was the second player to score 50 or more points twice in a series; Michael Jordan is the only other player to do so, against Cleveland in 1988.
The number 2 moment, Allen Iverson, the 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player.
As we look forward to the return of legendary 76er Allen Iverson to the (215) one week from tonight, we begin a tribute to the Answer and will take a look back at some of Allen Iverson’s greatest moments in a Sixer uniform. We will be counting down his top 10 highlights on daily basis with the top three coming on game-day, Wednesday, March 19th at the Wachovia Center.
Without further ado, lets begin the countdown…
No. 10 – Easy like Sunday Morning
On a Sunday afternoon game in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Garden, with the shot clock running down, Sixer guard Eric Snow drives into the lane and draws two defenders, (as we all know in the (215) why would anyone leave their man to help on Eric Snow) . Snow stops, pulls up and attempts a bank runner that is naturally off the mark and a highlight for the ages is in the making.
While the ball hangs in the air, 6-11 Raptor center, Marcus Camby appears to have great box out position on a Sixers big man (is that Scottie Williams), when the 6 foot Iverson SKIES over the trees and emphatically one hand slams the put back over the Camby Man. Promptly followed by native Canuck John Saunders “ARE YOU KIDDING ME? That’s a point guard folks. You know once a game this guy will do something that will make you fall out of your seat!”