The Sixers have been the victim of a great comeback and after last night they were the ones who came back. After the first quarter, the Sixers were losing 38-13. Keep in mind the number 38. After the first quarter, the Sixers mounted their comeback to outscore the Pacers 36-19 in quarter number 2 and headed into half down 8.
They traded baskets in the third, but their defense absolutely took over in the 4th. They held the Pacers to only 14 points in the fourth and forced a number of turnovers. The Sixers capped a 9-0 run to take a 94-90 lead with 2 free throws from Thaddeus Young.
Their 94-92 win capped a 26-point comeback. After allowing 38 first quarter points, they allowed only 35 in the entire second half.
"I told them to keep fighting," Cheeks said following a dismal first quarter, which ended with the Pacers ahead 38-13. "We just hung in there, we didn't stop."Thaddeus Young had a career game. He scored 25 points, 10 rebounds, a block, and a steal. It seems like almost every game, Young is having a career game. He hit 11 of 18 field goals to help lead the great comeback. Willie Green was a huge spark off the bench hitting big shots for 14 points, including a 3-pointer that brought the Sixers within 5.
Both Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala had double-doubles. Brand had only 14 points, but added 15 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. Iguodala, who started the season slowly, didn't shoot well, but had his 4th consecutive double-double. He also had 3 blocks including a key one on Danny Granger late in the fourth quarter. Iguodala took it coast to coast and was able to hit one of two free-throws to tie the game up at 90.
Last night was a character win and it should help build momentum for the Sixers. It is their first winning streak of the young season and they'll have an easy test tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Wachovia Center. The Thunder come into Philadelphia with a 1-8 record.