The last time the Sixers won was almost two weeks ago. Philadelphia receiving solid bench play beat Milwaukee handedly, 90-79 in picking up their third win of the season against ten losses.
Reserves, forward Thaddeus Young scored 23 points and guard Lou Williams contributed 19 for the 76ers. Philly suffering from inconsistent play from everybody on the team through their first 13 games of the year fell behind early forcing Head Coach Doug Collins to go his bench.
Going to his back-ups so soon paid great dividends for Collins and the struggling 76ers as they outscored the Bucks bench by 15 points, 47-32, giving the team a much-needed lift before they head back out on the road for three straight.
Even Marreese Speights saw increased minutes (16:38) for Collins, grabbing 10 boards to lead both teams. None of the starters played particularly well, point guard Jrue Holliday had 5 assist but he also turned the ball over four times.
Philly’s leading scorer on the year, Elton Brand, was non-existent in the game, playing most of the contest in foul trouble didn’t score his first field goal until late in the game. Brand is averaging 15.9 points-per-game shot only 1 for 7 on the night scoring a season low four points.
It was a big victory for the young 76ers as they continue to learn how to win and win without their only legitimate star, Andre Iguodala, who missed his fifth game on the year with tendentious in his right Achilles.
In Iguodala’s absence rookie Evan Turner has stepped in well, taking over the swingman’s role, is playing with more confidence every time his steps out on to the court. The number two pick of the 76ers chipped in 8 versus the Bucks, has scored in the double-digits four of his last seven games as he adjust to the rigors of a tough NBA schedule.
Now, it’s back on the road for Philadelphia, as they try to end their four game road losing streak, heading back to Washington to face the 4-7 Wizards for the second time in just three weeks. In their first of four meetings of the season, the 76ers were stunned in a 116-115 over-time loss.
Philadelphia with eight players under the age of 24 years-old, the average age of the Sixers opening night roster was 26.2. Power forward Elton Brand is one of four players on the roster with over 7 years of NBA experience.
Collins has been patient with his young players may have to make some minor line-up adjustments, moving players from his bench into a starting role to better suit the team offensively. In their last five games, Philly has scored a dreadful 90.40 points a game, ranking the 76ers thirtieth, that is dead last in the league.
They’ve given up a respectable 97.8 points a contest, placing them in the middle of the pack (17th) defensively. Expect Collins to remain dependent on his bench to eat plenty of minutes as the season unfolds.