The Eagles excitement is starting to taper off, kind of, and attention is shifting back to what’s happening in the Wells Fargo Center. Since the Eagles captured their first Lombardi, the Flyers and Sixers are both 4-0. It’s a new era in Philly sports and we can’t lose! Alright that might be too much, but something is happening in this town and it’s infectious.
The Flyers will look to continue that trend tonight at home vs the Devils. Fly guys are on a 4 game winning streak and the Devils are going in the exact opposite direction, losing 4 in a row. That is all the Flyers coverage you’ll get from me; back to the boys in blue.
Last night your Philadelphia 76ers hosted the Kristaps-less Knicks in a game that had Philly entering as a heavy 11-point favorite. They played a little reverse psychology on the Knicks and the fans. Instead of coming out of the gates hot, getting a big lead and giving it up in the second half, they started slow.
The first half ended with the Sixers holding a slim 2-point lead. Both teams looked sluggish and sloppy up and down the court. The third quarter opened with back and forth buckets and New York even tied it up at 73-73 at one point.
That would be the closest the Knicks would get for the rest of the game. Philly would pull away and win it 108-92 and give them their 29th win of the year. If you’re keeping track at home that’s one more than they had all of last year.
The real story of the night was one TJ McConnell.
With about 1:05 left on the clock Luke Kornet threw up and 3pt shot that missed and TJ went up to grab his triple double clinching 10th rebound. The crowd erupted and I have to admit, I woke up my dog as I jumped out of my seat with excitement. Sorry Max.
TJ finished with an impressive 10 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and 6 steals. Here’s a list of the people that have ever recorded a triple double off the bench for the Sixers:
Here’s a list of people that have recorded a 10/10/11/6 or better game this season:
Here’s a list of people that have recorded a 10/10/11/6 or better game over the last 7 seasons:
Philadelphia loves this kid, this team loves this kid, and he loves both just as much.
Some of the other Sixers’ standouts:
Dario led all scorers with 24 points. He now has scored in double figures for 34 straight games.
Joel only played 24 minutes, which was a great call by Brett, and posted 17 points and 6 rebounds.
Ben (STILL NOT AN ALL STAR) Simmons was everywhere, 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks.
The Sixers will get a day of rest as they prep for their last game before All-Star weekend vs the Miami Heat. Normally a game in mid-February doesn’t mean much but currently both teams sit 9.5 back in the East and tied for the 7th and 8th seeds.
The Heat play tonight at Toronto, so the Sixers will most likely enter Wednesday night’s game with a half-game lead. With another win this week, Philly could enter the break poised to make a real play at the 4th seed and home court advantage in the first round. What a time to be alive!
Last night we saw a dressed Marco Belinelli that didn’t get any playing time. Wednesday’s game is much more realistic for him to get his first game action as a Sixer. Brett was very clear why they made the move to bring Marco on.
As I’ve said, that Super Bowl win did something to this town and the mindset around our teams. I think this Sixers team that has been winners of 4 straight and 5 of 6 will stay hot. Grab a win over Miami and begin the official playoff run after the break. Here they come - get onboard or get out of the way.