Early Thanksgiving for Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
The Sixers rolled over the Toronto Raptors, 106-98, on Tuesday night, in a closer game than most expected Philadelphia fans could have expected. Furthermore, Holiday completely demolished the competition by piling on 19 points and stacking on 12 assists and adding on 8 rebounds almost completing the double-double.
Even without the effort, the Sixers players all stepped up to the plate throughout the entire game. Guards, Nick Young & Jason Richardson, combined for 44 points and Young with that display off the bench. Richardson shot a beautiful 7 for 14 from the floor (50%) and 4 for 9 from behind the arc (44.4%) while finishing with 21 points in 32 minutes.
However the play that deserves and grand applause is the amazing play of Holiday in the beginning of the 2012-2013 regular season. This season Holiday has averaged 18.6 points per game, 8.6 assists per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, 1.5 steals per game while shooting 45% from the field.
Holiday is solidifying his chances of becoming an NBA All-Star this season if he can continue to keep up his high level of play. Holiday’s assists-per-game have increased by over three assists per game and his points per game have raised almost by half a dozen.
Also, with the loss of big man Andrew Bynum until late January or even early February, there has to be a Sixers player who can bear the load offensively. Combined with Richardson and Young and even Dorell Wright off the bench, Holiday will help lead this 7-4 Sixers team on another playoff run.
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