Jrue Holiday continues to play impressive basketball for the Philadelphia 76ers.
A simple case-in-point was made on Monday when Holiday led his team to a 104-97 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Holiday showed why he’s the best player on a 12-9 Philly team that is going to make plenty of noise before this NBA season hits the books.
When Holiday, who scored 25 points, shoots well, so does his team it seems like. He was 11-of-20-from the floor for 55 percent. The team shot 53.7 percent. He also had eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.
What the 76ers especially like about Holiday is how he takes charge down the stretch when he needs to. He shot at the right time and passed at the right time. When the Sixers were nursing a 98-95 lead, Holiday missed two free throws. But he calmly, with 39.6 seconds to play, hit a jumper for the 101-95 advantage that all but iced the game.
“We outrebounded them after getting outrebounded by I think 18 the last time we played them,” said Sixers coach Doug Collins. “We outrebounded them tonight. Missed some critical free throws, obviously, but I was so happy with Jrue Holiday coming down the stretch. We put him in some pick-and-rolls. He made all the right decisions. Missed the two free throws and came back and hit a huge jump shot, and I told him, ‘That’s what the game is all about, playing on from your mistakes.’ So, he was great.”
Pistons coach Lawrence Frank agreed.
“Holiday got away from us a couple of times,” Frank said.
Obviously, Frank should have said “several” times. Holiday has been that good.