Philadelphia 76ers End Losing Skid behind Spencer Hawes’ Season-High 24 Points

By Phil Naegely
Spencer Hawes
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It hasn’t happened much for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, but Philadelphia defeated the Brooklyn Nets 106-97 behind double-double performances from Spencer Hawes and Jrue Holiday.

Hawes had 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Holiday added 15 points and 11 assists to the team victory. This is only the Sixers second win in the last 14 games. It has been a season filled mainly with negative headlines from long losing streaks to a horrible road record to Andrew Bynum’s injury.

However, tonight was one of those rare nights that Philadelphia should celebrate. Sure the game did not clinch a playoff spot or win a championship, but Doug Collins won his 100th as head coach of the Sixers.

The team finally looked like they were a team. For most of the games this season, the players on the court have at times failed to even remember the plays being called out.

Philadelphia had a solid night shooting overall. They shot 53.3% from three and 52.6% overall. The Sixers also only turned over the ball six times.

Tonight Sixers fans can be happy and excited with tonight’s effort, and also might be wondering where games like tonight were all season long. Well, the Sixers usually turn the ball over more and Hawes usually doesn’t play as well as he did tonight.

The Sixers won’t celebrate Collins’ 100th win long as they take on the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Unless a Christmas miracle occurs on Wednesday, the Heat will continue their win streak and roll over Philadelphia to victory.

Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for He also writes about MLBNASCAR, and NBA news. Like Phil Naegely- on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google+.

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