The Philadelphia 76ers cruise to an 84-75 win over the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa, and was led most of the way by big man Spencer Hawes from off the bench.
Hawes was the spark off of the bench leading the team in all major categories except assists (16 points, 5 blocks, 12 rebounds) and shot a remarkable 66 percent from the three-point-line and finished with a double-double to silence the strong cohesive efforts from a very deep Nuggets team.
The 7-foot big man and former Washington Husky, played 31 minutes tonight in place of the injured Andrew Bynum and proved to all the doubters that the big guy can play.
After an injury plagued 2011-2012 NBA regular season that only saw Hawes play 37 games and start 29 of them, he came out emphatically to prove that he can still hang with low-post powerhouses of the league. Hawes scored 9.6 points and grabbed 7.3 rebounds last season and dramatically changed how Philadelphia fans will view him for the rest of the season.
The rest of the Sixers added to the mix with a double-double performance from guard Jrue Holiday who poured in 14 points and 11 assists in 37 minutes of total play. Forward Dorell Wright also shared the wealth with 14 points, 6 of which coming off of long-range bombs.
Even though the Liberty Ballers gave up 15 turnovers and shot poorly from beyond the arc, they still managed to shoot 17 for 21 from the charity stripe (81%) and finished with more steals and blocks than the Nuggets.
As all cylinders were rolling it seemed like even Hurricane Sandy couldn’t stop the superlative Spencer Hawes, as the 76ers start the season off with a win (1-0).
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