RUNDOWN: SIXERS 104, SUNS 101
Here are some odds and ends from the game, which ended a two-game skid for the Sixers:
- Holiday had a career-best 33 points, along with 13 assists, in the win. Only one other Sixer in the last 25 years has had at least 30 points and 13 helpers -- some guy named Iverson.
- With five of them, Holiday has the second-most points-assists double-doubles in the NBA. He trails only Rajon Rondo in that department.
- Maalik Wayns, the rookie out of Villanova, was lauded in post-game by Sixers coach Doug Collins. What he didn't give them in defense, Wayns made up for in offense. He had a career-best seven points in seven minutes.
- Two guys Collins wasn't too pleased with? Rookie Arnett Moultrie and veteran Spencer Hawes, two bigs who combined for 22 first-half minutes...and zero boards. Oof.
- Holiday gets credit for scoring the final three points of the game, but the Sixers couldn't have won without Evan Turner. He was the one defending the Suns' Michael Beasley when he missed a tough shot under the rim in the closing seconds of regulation.
- QUOTABLE: “When he’s not in the game, you definitely can feel it,” Thad Young said of Holiday, who played 39 minutes. “The ball, it doesn’t move around a lot. Jrue is our distributor who’s going to get into the paint and make plays. Sometimes the offense gets stagnant without Jrue in there.”
The Sixers have off Monday and host Dallas Tuesday.