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How ‘Bout Those Sixers

This scrappy team has beaten some of the NBA’s best in recent days.

My younger son and I caught a great game on Feb. 1.

The Sixers beat reigning MVP Derrick Rose and the Bulls 98-82 thanks to a monster third quarter when they outscored Chicago by 15.

Andre Iguodala and Thad Young led Philly’s scorers with 19 a piece. More importantly, they held Mr. Rose to 18 points.

My son is 8 years old and it was his first Sixers game. He loved it.

He ate Crabfries (just like my older son) and bought a new Sixers snap-back cap with his own money. He was very proud of that.

We sat in the lower level for the first half thanks to a friend. The seats were great -- just behind the Bulls bench. In the second half we moved to our seats in the second level, which were also great. The Wells Fargo Center is a great place to watch a basketball game and the new owners have reduced ticket prices to make them more affordable for families.

The Sixers have played some tough teams over the past week going 4-1 with wins against the Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks and the L.A. Lakers. Their only loss was against the Miami Heat when they fell apart in the fourth quarter.

Before this difficult week, nay-sayers said the Sixers couldn’t beat the elite NBA teams because they don’t have a superstar. They’re not saying that as much now that they’re 18-7 in first place in the Atlantic Division.

Their latest win last night against the Kobe Bryant and his Lakers was awesome.

It was back-and-forth all night with neither team pulling away. The Sixers were able to contain Kobe to 4 points in the second half after he dropped 24 before halftime.

It was Lou Williams who came up big late for the Sixers with 24 points including some big shots in the last quarter. The Sixers won 95-90.

Coach Doug Collins is doing a fantastic job with this group of mostly young players. One of the great things about this team is that they play hard every night.

They all play tough team defense, share the ball and hustle. A different set of players star each game with about eight players averaging over 9 points a game.

I love that they play that way because they’re a great example for my boys, who both play basketball for school. We’ve been watching the games together and talking about their unselfish play. Can’t wait for the next one.

Let’s go Sixers!

James Boyle February 07, 2012 at 09:19 PM
How 'bout those Sixers! I can finally walk around with my Sixers t-shirts without feeling silly. I'm hoping for a deep playoff run, but that doesn't really seem realistic without a big time superstar like Dwight Howard that can carry the team on his back when matched up against foes like the Heat.

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